PUPILS and teachers are celebrating after they were included in the top 100 schools in Britain.
But Gareth Powell, headteacher of Childer Thornton Primary School, says it is a victory for the entire borough.
The school was 82nd in The Sunday Times's Parent Power league table, published at the weekend.
The table also showed state schools rival, and often exceed, their independent competitors.
Mr Powell said: 'This is wonderful news and we're all very pleased.
'But what pleases me the most is that we were listed as 'Childer Thornton, Ellesmere Port'.
'The Port does have some bad things said about it, but here the town is, in the Top 100.
'Pupils have achieved this success through their continued hard work and standards over the last three or more years.
'This recognition is a reflection on all the children in the borough, not just the ones at our school.'
He is also proud that Childer Thornton Primary, the only Port school mentioned, was one of only four others in Cheshire to be named in the Top 100.
The highest places in the secondary sector are all taken by an elite of independent schools. But in the second tier, state grammars and some comprehensives compete strongly. The highest scoring state school was in Essex.
The findings highlighted a north-south divide in secondary education. Though the north has many high-performing primary schools, its relative quality falls off in the secondary sector.
David Hart, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: 'I'd like to see the gap narrowed. If Government education policies are to have any impact, standards must be raised in urban areas.'