A primary school in Sheffield where pupils make exceptional progress has been hailed as one of the best in the country.
Hard-working youngsters at Nether Edge Primary are almost a year ahead when they leave to go to secondary school, according to school data.
And now Schools’ Minister David Laws has offically revealed that it is one of the top 250 schools nationwide for progress made by students between the ages of seven and 11.
Matthew Knox, joint headteacher at the Glen Road school, said: “It is great to know we are doing such a good job.
“Our data shows that pupils are at expected levels at the end of year two and at the end of year six they are up to year seven level - so about a year further ahead.
“We never rest on our laurels. We want to carry on improving and getting better and better.”
Mr Laws revealed the school’s accolade after pupils’ results in the national Key Stage Two tests in English, maths and science were published in December.
In his letter he wrote: “Your results show that you are amongst the 250 top performing schools in terms of the progress your pupils make between Key Stage One and Two.
“Your school is exceptionally effective in educating its pupils.
“It is clear that you and your staff have provided your pupils with a good start in life and a strong springboard into secondary education.”
Pupils, staff and governors have been celebrating the news with the community to spread the word about their achievement - holding a party with special guests the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Vickie Priestley and MP Paul Blomfield.
The school was also ranked fourth in Sheffield for pupils achieving expected levels in English and maths.
Mr Knox added: “I think the reason we have done so well is high expectations from everyone and good teaching day in, day out.
“We don’t stick to a rigid curriculum, we have an outstanding one that supports pupils in what they need to do.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has a stake in the school for all their hard work.”