A FAILING pupil referral unit has turned its fortunes around to be named ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Octagon AP Academy, in Commerce Road, Haringey, has rapidly improved since being given an Inadequate rating three years ago.

Leadership and management were named 'Outstanding'.

The TBAP Multi-Academy Trust began sponsoring the academy in 2014 and since then, leaders have worked hard to raise standards in all areas.

Ofsted inspectors said attendance has improved dramatically in the last three years – from below 65 per cent in 2014 to above 80 per cent.

Meanwhile, almost all pupils in primary and 35 per cent of pupils in Key Stage 3 successfully go back to mainstream education.

The report described teaching as both “challenging and supportive”, with excellent progress made in English, art, food, PE and computing.

Angela Tempany, headteacher, said, "I am really delighted with the rapid progress that the Octagon AP Academy has made. Our staff deserve this recognition for their excellent work in supporting all learners.

“TBAP's sponsorship has been pivotal in helping us to accelerate improvements."