PUPILS deemed unsuitable or too naughty for mainstream schools are realising their potential, thanks to 'tireless' efforts of specialist teachers.

Vulnerable children and teenagers who have been, or are on the verge of being, permanently excluded are reshaping their future at Oxford-based Meadowbrook College.

Ofsted inspectors visited the alternative provision academy in January, and has now refreshed its previous rating of 'good'.

The regulator sent a letter to headteacher Nicola Partridge, published yesterday, praising her 'strong and dedicated leadership'.

The letter quoted a parent, who told inspectors: "For the first time in years my child wants to get up and come to school.

"He comes home with a smile on his face."

Meadowbrook College, based at The Harlow Centre in Old Marston, provides full and part-time education to more than 150 students.

It also has bases in Banbury, Kidlington and Abingdon, and takes youngsters aged five-16.

Ofsted's letter added: "Pupils who join your school often have complex needs, and many have had negative experiences of school.

"Staff work tirelessly to develop pupils’ self-belief and help them achieve success, often for the first time in many years.

"You are rightly proud that almost every pupil who leaves the school goes into further training, education or employment.

"Pupils make positive strides in social, emotional and academic skills."

Current plans for Oxford's new Swan School, to be built on the Harlow Centre site, include a new building for Meadowbrook College.