Top rated school in Staffordshire is based in the Moorlands

A STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands secondary school has been rated the best in the county.

Painsley Catholic College, in Cheadle is listed with top marks for Staffordshire in the latest Real Schools Guide.

It is also ranked 100th out of 3,133 schools nationally.

The latest accolade comes months after the school won regional acclaim for progress made by its 11 to 16 year old students.

Painsley’s GCSE students gained an average half a grade higher than expected in each of eight subjects last year.

The five-star rated school, which is marked up as “outstanding”  by education inspectorate Ofsted, has its own dedicated sixth form. It took over the former Moorlands Sixth Form building last year.

Painsely’s latest venture sees the school and its six main feeder schools team up with eight other schools in the Stafford district to create a multi—academy company.

Current Painsley principal, Stephen Bell, has been appointed the company’s full-time chief executive.

More than 4,000  youngsters will receive their education through the new academy project which will launch in September.

Among Painsley’s former students is Olympic gold medal swimmer Adam Peaty.