BACK in 2014, Peover Superior Endowed Primary School was placed in special measures by the government’s education watchdog, Ofsted.

Four years to the day since the ‘inadequate’ inspection took place, the woman behind the turnaround received a letter declaring the Stocks Lane school to be outstanding across all judgement criteria.

Having finished 2017 celebrating becoming the top performing school in east Cheshire – with 89 per cent of key stage two pupils meeting the expected national standard and 33 per cent exceeding it – headteacher Lisa Helmondhalgh says the inspection can lead to even more success.

She said: “We are extremely happy with the result of the Inspection; it reflects the hard work and dedication of everyone who has been involved with Peover Superior.

“The report rightly recognises the commitment of all the staff, the overwhelming support of parents and the pride and exemplary behaviour of pupils which creates our very special ‘small but mighty’ primary school.

“I am thrilled that Ofsted has recognised what a fantastic school Peover Superior is.

“The outstanding judgment will not let us become complacent – we will continue with business as usual, ensuring that all our children receive the best possible start in life, but for now, we are looking forward to celebrating the school’s success.“

The academy primary received top marks in effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, outcomes for pupils and early years provision.

After the inspection in November – published last week – Ofsted inspector Mike Hewlett praised children and staff alike.

He said: “Children get off to a flying start in the early years. The school’s curriculum is rich and varied.

Pupils behaviour is exemplary; their attitudes to learning and extremely positive across the school. Pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and leadership are outstanding at Peover Superior Primary School.

“Results have improved year on year and pupils make strong progress across the school.”

Kate Wadsworth, a parent at the school said: “We are so lucky to have this school in the area.

“With just 67 children split across three classes, the class sizes are smaller than most so there’s more individual attention given to children and the school has a ‘family feel’.

“The teachers are really talented and the Ofsted results speak for themselves, not just in academic areas, but also reflecting the inherent strength and commitment to sport and music.”