A SCHOOL which has been ranked as inadequate by Ofsted for nearly four years is now looking forward to a brighter future.

It is understood admissions entries for 2019 at Haydon Bridge High School are significantly higher than they have been for the past few years.

The news follows the departure of the much criticised Bright Tribe multi-academy trust, which failed in its attempt to run the school. The trust abandoned its plans and left in November, 2017

Northumberland County Council has now taken the school back under its full control and has vowed to give it the support it needs.

In addition to extra admissions entries, 300 people attended a recent open evening at the school.

Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council said: “As admissions is a confidential process until offers are made, we aren’t able to comment specifically on the figures at this stage.

“However, we can say that there is very encouraging progress at Haydon Bridge. We know how important the school is to the local community and we look forward to working with everyone involved to make sure it has a strong and successful future.”