Llanwern High School in Newport has improved enough to be taken out of Estyn monitoring.

The 900-pupil school was deemed in need of significant improvement after inspectors visited in January 2017.

It has now improved across all levels, a follow up report from inspectors said.

Headteacher Tracey Jarvis, chair of governors councillor Debbie Harvey and staff were praised for their “commitment and determination” by Newport City Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, councillor Cllr Gail Giles.

A report now published by Estyn, following a visit to the school in November 2019, said the school is judged to have made sufficient progress to be  removed from the list requiring significant improvement.

“This is excellent news for Llanwern High School , the headteacher, the chair and board of governors, staff and all the pupils,” said councillor Giles.

“I congratulate all concerned on this excellent achievement which has rightly been recognised by Estyn.

“The school is now in a strong position to build on its strengths which resulted in the school being moved out of all categories.”

The Estyn report notes significant progress on raising standards and improving pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills, improved behaviour and attendance and said the school now has a suitable range of approaches to improve the effectiveness of teaching and assessment.

The report also highlights that in the last year the new headteacher has established a vision for improvement that is well understood by all staff.

Attendance is still an issue though. The follow up report from Estyn says: “Rates of attendance have fluctuated over the last four years. After a substantial decline in 2018, they improved well in 2019, and are now higher than at the time of the core inspection.

“However, they remain well below expectations. In particular, girls’ attendance does not compare well to their counterparts in similar schools.

“Between 2016 and 2018, persistent absence was well above that in similar schools. However, it reduced in 2019 and is now in line with that in similar schools.”

On behaviour it details improvement: “There has been a clear improvement in pupils’ attitudes to learning since the core inspection, and in particular since the last monitoring visit.

“Many behave well in lessons and around the school. They are courteous to teachers and visitors, and show consideration and respect to each other.

“Many pupils demonstrate positive attitudes to learning in their lessons. They work with enthusiasm, maintain their concentration well and persist when attempting challenging tasks.”

Llanwern High, which has pupils aged 11 to 18, was previously known as Hartridge High School, but was renamed when it moved to a new site in 2012.