A DARLINGTON school has been rated as ‘excellent’ in a number of key areas in its latest report from independent inspectors.

The report from the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) gave a strong rating to Polam Hall School, in Grange Road, which provides day and boarding places for students aged between two and 18.

The school’s pastoral care, extra-curricular activities and behaviour of pupils were specifically praised, as well as their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

The ISI also highlighted the promotion of good behaviour and effective prevention of bullying and harassment.

In addition, the school’s recent transition from an all-girls’ to a mixed facility was described as “seamless”.

Headteacher John Moreland said: “There has been a lot of change over the last few years, and the report recognises the fact that we have handled the change extremely well and yet retained all the values we have always been known for, such as the pupils' personal development, and pastoral care.”