ALDERLEY Edge School for Girls (AESFG) has been awarded the highest possible rating after a recent inspection.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate rated the school 'excellent' across both pupils' academic achievements and personal development.

Headmistress Nicola Smillie said: "I am delighted with the outcome of the inspection.

"The inspection team were rigorous but professional.

"To receive 'excellent' ratings for both pupils’ achievements ad personal development is testimony to the hard work and ongoing commitment from all the staff at AESG as well as the girls’ positive attitude to learning."

Inspectors commented that throughout the school, progress is 'rapid', and students 'achieve highly in both academic and other areas'.

They also commented on the students being 'hardworking and resilient' with 'extremely positive attitudes to learning'.

Along with academic results, AESG was recognised for its pastoral care systems in operation across the school.

Inspectors added: "Pupils are highly self-disciplined, and their personal development is characterised by excellent standards of behaviour and respect, both for each other and for staff."

The school was also praised for its activities on offer outside the classroom, as pupils make positive contributions to the school community.