A high school which has "polite and courteous" pupils has been rated "good" by the education watchdog.

Ofsted inspectors visited Northgate High School, in Dereham, in May.

Their report said: "Pupils at Northgate High School are polite and courteous.

"This is demonstrated through their conduct on site and their consideration of pupils taking examinations. Pupils move quickly to lessons and follow instructions well."

The report says teachers at the school, on Cemetery Road, have high expectations and most pupils respond by acting responsibly.

"Many pupils behave well in lessons," it says. "Lessons are typically calm, with little low-level disruption. This enables pupils to work uninterrupted.

"In the main, teachers ensure that pupils follow the school’s behaviour system. Pupils know what will happen if poor behaviour occurs."

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The report adds the school, which has 1,114 pupils including 335 sixth-formers, is "well led and managed".

It adds: "Leaders at all levels engage with staff to ensure that workload is not excessive. This also supports their well-being.

"Trustees are ambitious for the school. Staff training is a priority and there are a range of opportunities available for staff to progress their career."

Inspectors found arrangements for safeguarding were effective at the school and pupils felt safe, while rigorous pre-employment checks were carried out on staff. 

The school, which became an academy in 2014, has been rated good at its last three inspections.

After May's visit, the inspectors said to improve the school needed to ensure assessment information was put to better use in some subjects.

They concluded: "Leaders need to ensure that best practice seen in the strongest subjects is replicated across all subjects to enable pupils to use knowledge fluently."