A Bradford school has become the first secondary free school in the country to be named outstanding by examining body Ofsted.

Dixons Trinity Academy was founded by the Dixons Academy Trust and opened in September 2012.

It serves some of Bradford’s most deprived areas, with 50 per cent of students living in the city’s five poorest wards.

The announcement was made this afternoon and follows an inspection at the school, on Trinity Road in Little Horton, in January.

Principal Luke Sparks said: “We’re delighted to be the first secondary free school to be judged outstanding.”

Schools minister Lord Nash, who recently visited the school, said: “It was a pleasure to visit Dixons Trinity Academy and I congratulate the staff and pupils on the publication of their Outstanding Ofsted report.

“I was very impressed by the innovative policies they have put in place which are underpinned by a constant drive to achieve the best for every child.”