A Birmingham school which was once threatened with closure is celebrating after scooping a national award.
Perry Beeches School in Great Barr was named Overall Outstanding National School of the Year at the Times Education Supplement (TES) Schools Awards in London.
The accolade comes just four years after the school was warned it could be closed down when just 21 per cent of students were achieving five A*-C GCSE grades including maths and English.
Head teacher Liam Nolan was given one year to turn the school around when he joined the school in 2007, after Ofsted inspectors deemed the school to be “failing”.
Last summer, the school saw its pass rate soar to 74 per cent, which earned it the tag of “most improved” school in the country.
The 900-pupil school also beat off competition from school across the UK to be named Outstanding Secondary School of the Year at the awards, which took place last week,
“We are absolutely delighted and still in a state of shock,” said Mr Nolan.
Some 40 per cent of pupils at the school are registered as having special educational needs, and just over a third of students are on free school meals.
Last month, Mr Nolan was appointed a National Leader in Education (NLE) to share the secrets of his success with struggling schools across the country.
Perry Beeches has now been named as a leading national support school, with Mr Nolan’s new role taking him to schools across England, using his expertise to drive improvement and help raise standards.