THERE are celebrations at King's Grove High School in Crewe which has been placed in the top 100 in the country following the publication of the latest high schools league tables.
The tables highlight Key Stage Three results for pupils aged 13 or 14 in the core subjects of English, maths and science.
Whilst the table places King's Grove in mid-table in the ranking for Cheshire schools, it is a high achiever nationally when it comes to its rate of improvement.
It has been named as 83rd most improved school in the country.
Headteacher Bill Evans is delighted with the progress being made by the school which has survived moves to close it down.
He said: 'The pupils and staff are very pleased that the improvement in pupils' performance over the last three years has been recognised. This reflects a great deal of hard work and is a credit to the pupils.
'It also reflects the fact that Key Stage 3 year groups are now full and stable, with the school's future secure.'
Brine Leas High School at Nantwich came third in the county table as the highest of the South Cheshire schools.
A total of 77% of Key Stage Three pupils achieved Level Five or more in English, 84% in maths, and 81% in science.
Brine Leas pupils have been ranked third based on 'value-added' improvement from Key Stage Two results.
Deputy headteacher Andrew Cliffe said: 'We are obviously delighted and this achievement has to be credited to the commitment of our staff, and the children who want to do well.
'The whole school is made up about this and it has created a buzz about the place.'
Both Victoria Community Technology School and Coppenhall High in Crewe were placed in the bottom three of the county, although a Victoria school spokesman believes that the imminent merger of the two schools has nothing to do with the placing.
He said: 'Obviously I can't speak for Coppenhall but I am certain that the merger has little relevance to the outcome of our results.
'The exams in English let us down, and in particular the reading element. As soon as the results came to us in September we identified the problem very quickly.
'Steps have now been taken to ensure that we place a greater focus on reading across the curriculum, and I am very confident that this area will improve in the future.'