VILLIERS High School in Southall has returned to its former glory, according to the chair of governors, after being rated outstanding in all areas by Ofsted.

Inspectors gave a top grade forquality of leadership, teaching, curriculum, pupils’ achievements, behaviour and personal development, as well as for the sixth form.

The report said there has been a rapid and transformational change under head teacher Aruna Sharma, who took charge two years ago.

Ms Sharma said: “What is most pleasing is the recognition that, while we are a school that pushes pupils to achieve the very best in their exams, we also place equal importance on welfare and personal development.”

Governors chair Elizabeth Mee added: “It is as clear today as the day we appointed Aruna that the right decision was made. Her commitment, leadership and dedication to the school and pupils is truly admirable.”