CHILDREN and staff at a Whitefield primary school are celebrating – after it was named one of the most improved in the country.

Higher Lane Primary scooped the award for exceptional 2016 results and has been nationally recognised for its exceptional performance by the Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT).

Data analysis from SSAT has shown that the school has achieved the SSAT National Award Standard for Children’s Progress — which puts it in the top 20 per cent nationally.

Pupils at the school in Egerton Road made excellent progress in reading, writing and maths and results were significantly higher than the national average.

Headteacher Carol McLachlan said she was delighted with the accolade. She said: “We’ve received this award because our children have made the most progress.

“The award measures progress from key stage one level to key stage two and shows how hard our pupils and their teachers have worked to help them achieve their potential.

“We set our children targets specific to their ability and push them to achieve and exceed each target.

“When I was presented with the award I felt completely over the moon and as a school we are thrilled.

“I shared the news with our teachers at our morning meeting and thanked them for all their hard work.

“It’s extremely important that all the teachers are recognised because although the award is specific to the achievement of year six pupils, they would not be able to do as well as they did, without everything they were taught in the earlier years.

“I am extremely proud of both the children and staff here at Higher Lane. We are all extremely proud of this achievement.”

Deputy headteacher Ian Tetlow said it is the whole “team approach” to teaching and learning which is behind achieving the award.

He said: “We can’t forget that it is everyone at Higher Lane that has contributed to achieving this recognition. We are dedicated to helping our pupils achieve their full potential.

“We’re created an ethos here where everyone feels part of the community and we all share the success if one area of the school achieves something.

“The children and the parents were key in helping to achieve the award and it’s great when we get this sort of recognition.”

Sue Williamson, chief executive of SSAT said: “It’s my great pleasure to commend Higher Lane on their excellent 2016 performance, and to have the opportunity to highlight and share their great work at an SSAT Educational Outcomes celebration event.

“We know how hard teachers work to ensure the success of every child. SSAT’s Educational Outcomes award recognises the professionalism, commitment and hard work of the leaders, teachers and pupils at Higher Lane School.

“A big thank you and well done to the pupils, staff and governors.”