The 1,335-pupil school had been rated as outstanding in 2011 but the new Ofsted framework has significantly raised the bar for all schools.
This was the first inspection since the school became an academy. Headteacher Andrea Arlidge said: “This judgement matches our self-evaluation and is, I believe, a fair reflection of Wellsway.
“The inspectors recognised the many improvements made since the last inspection in 2011 and the year-on-year improvement in our examination results. They also praised the school leadership and quality of teaching, much of which they said was skilful and imaginative.”
There was also praise from Ofsted for the school’s success in closing the gap in performance between students from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers.
And the inspectors were also impressed by the students, who they said were polite, courteous and friendly, and very keen to share how much they enjoyed school.
Ofsted felt the school still had work to do, with too few students making outstanding progress in their lessons and over time, and that teachers sometimes give work that is too easy.
The inspection also found that some subject leaders did not fully hold their teams to account for the quality of teaching and students’ progress.