INSPECTORS have visited an 'inadequate' East Oxford school to check on its progress.

St Gregory the Great Catholic School had a 'monitoring visit' from Ofsted the week before last, with a report of its findings expected to be published this month.

It was the third check-up visit since the 1,200-pupil school was rated 'inadequate' in May 2017.

The all-through academy's last Ofsted visit was in May and a subsequent report said its improvement plan was 'unacceptable', though school leaders challenged this and said there had been 'significant' improvements.

A newsletter mentioning the latest check-up, published on the school's website, stated: "Real improvements are being made to move the school forward and there is much to celebrate.

"No inspection takes place without presenting challenges for the future, and we are mindful of the work there is to do for the road ahead.

"Thank you to everyone for working hard and showing that we can make a real difference to our young people’s lives."

Also called 'Section 8' inspections, the shorter monitoring visits do not result in new ratings but instead state whether or not a school is doing enough to improve.