THE school community at Abbey Gate College is in celebratory mood after education inspectors gave the thumbs up.

The report, from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), paid tribute to the pupils’ exemplary behaviour, excellent attitude to work and the outstanding relationship between staff and students.

The report covered Abbey Gate College in Saighton and the junior department at Aldford School.

The quality of leadership was deemed excellent with an outstanding governing body.

The school’s curriculm was also described as excellent and the extra-curricular programme as extensive and of high quality. Particular mention was made of the school’s chapel choir, which tours regularly and has a national reputation. The contribution of music and drama to the life of the college and the development of its students was described as outstanding.

The quality of teaching was reported as good, with some outstanding and inspectors also noted the outstanding relationship that the school has with its parents.

Headmistress Lynne Horner, who joined the school in 2006, said: “I am extremely proud of the progress we have made since the last inspection in 2004 and this is strongly reflected in the report.

“The overwhelming theme of our teachers’ caring and professional approach is evident throughout.

“Links with parents are strong and the relationship between the senior school and the junior department at Aldford shows consistency and care for our youngest pupils through to our sixth formers.

“The report acknowledges the work that staff, governors and children have done and gives us determination to continue seeking ways to improve further.”