LANGTREE Community School had an unexpected start to the new academic year.
The school was the first in Devon to be inspected under the new Ofsted inspection framework.
Under the new arrangements, inspectors give half a day's notice before they arrive to get a true picture of how schools operate.
At the end of two days of observations, the inspector deemed the school good in all areas.
Helen Mellody, head teacher said: "Having the strengths and ethos of our school recognised like this is a fabulous start to the school year.
"We have a tremendously talented team here and everyone works tirelessly for the children, who are simply the best in Devon."
Chairman and vice chairman of governors, Katherine Taylor-Coleman and John Lewis said: "We are both extremely proud of our wonderful school community."