STAFF and pupils at an independent Chester school are celebrating after they received glowing praise by inspectors.
The Firs School, on Newton Lane, was described as “excellent” by the Independent Schools Inspectorate report 14 times.
Proud headteacher Margaret Denton said the report had been well received by all as it was an achievement the entire school could be proud of.
She said: “We’re very proud of the report and I am delighted that it recognises the hard work and achievement of all the pupils and staff at The Firs and truly reflects our ethos.
“The ISI almost mirrors the Ofsted model or short-notice inspections, but it is fantastic that they recognise the school that we all know so well.”
The report identified excellence in maths, RE, geography and PE, while the school’s resources, health and safety policies and its leadership were also heavily praised.
The school was inspected between January 25-26 with a final visit between February 22-24 this year.
The report reads: “The school fully meets its aims to give pupils the opportunity to discover their talents and achieve the highest standards consistent with their natural ability.
“The outstanding personal development of the pupils is continually in evidence in the way in which they conduct themselves around the school and in their relationships with each other.”
The Newton Lane school’s teaching staff also received praise from the ISI report.
It said: “The quality of the teaching is good overall, with some outstanding features, and contributes significantly to the academic success of the pupils.
“Pupils’ learning and achievement are enhanced by staff who thoroughly understand the needs of their pupils and have high expectations.”