BEXTON Primary School is celebrating after being rated as number two across all the primary schools in Cheshire East.

The rating is for the school’s achievements in reading, writing and maths combined from a total of 124 schools across the borough.

Headteacher Emily Armstrong said: “We are absolutely delighted with the results this year - the children have made incredible progress throughout the school and their efforts should be recognised.

“In addition to our achievement in Cheshire East we are also now in the top two per cent of all schools nationally for attainment, which has exceeded the target we set ourselves three years ago.

“Much of our success has been down to the excellent teamwork with children, staff and parents, and the fact we have a strong belief that children should enjoy their learning.

“Our Ethical Enterprise curriculum underpins the children’s education and enables all classes to explore a variety of current themes and makes lessons relevant and memorable which, in turn, makes a positive impact on their learning.

“The children have a real passion for learning and improvement, which is now evident in our results.”

Mrs Armstrong said one of the biggest improvement areas had been in reading.

She added: “A whole school initiative has been implemented which has included daily whole class reading, a focus on challenging vocabulary and introducing different comprehension strategies across the school.

“This improved approach has resulted in 95 per cent of children achieving the expected standard and 60 per cent achieving the higher standard.”

The school, which also includes an onsite nursery and pre-school (Outstanding EYFS 2018), was recently praised by Ofsted for its curriculum that ‘ensures that pupils develop their skills and knowledge in a wide range of subjects and pupils who work hard and take a great pride in their achievements’.

Peter Woodhouse, chairman of governors said: “This is an outstanding result. On behalf of the governing body I’d like to thank all the children, staff and our parents, for their unwavering support and enthusiasm.

“The result is a well-deserved reflection of the hard work and determination of the whole school to deliver our three-year plan and improve learning for our children.”