Painsley College is officially a world leader in education

PAINSLEY Roman Catholic College, in Cheadle, has become the first school in Staffordshire to achieve official ‘World Class’ status.

It also one of only 16 schools in the whole of the United Kingdom to be awarded the supreme accolade.

The quality mark is awarded by World Class Schools – a group of experienced educational professionals – to recognise the best state secondary schools in the country.

The award follows a rigorous year-long assessment process which measures students themselves, rather than the school, against a unique framework of skills.

Painsley headteacher Stephen Bell said: “We’re absolutely thrilled and very proud to have received such a prestigious honour.

It’s fantastic for us as a school to be recognised as world class, but also sych a wonderful accolade for the students themselves.

The fact we’re the first in Staffordshire to be awarded the status is a reflection not only of the academic achievement of the pupils, but also of the pastoral structure we have in place.”

Past students at Painsley College include Adam Peaty, pictured, the record-breaking Olympic, World and European champion swimmer