THE 47 Year 6 pupils who left Bradley Junior School last week achieved the best Sats results in the school's history.
And following a recent visit by a school inspector, head teacher Adele Stringer is optimistic that the school will be out of special measures within the next 12 months.
Mrs Stringer told a governors' meeting she was particularly pleased with the English results where the number of Year 6 pupils - who are aged 10 and 11 - achieving level 4 or above was 14% up on the previous year. Maths was 4% better and science 2%.
Mrs Stringer added: "We've still got a long way to go, but the report from the inspector and the Sats results were very encouraging and have boosted morale among the staff."
The inspector's visit was the fourth monitoring inspection since the school was put into special measures last year.
The inspector's report said: "The head teacher has upped the pace of improvement. Her enthusiasm and clarity of purpose are influencing others and the school is much changed.
"The atmosphere is calmer and more welcoming. The pupils are conforming and there has been a noticeable increase in the adults' use of praise and encouragement. The pupils have started to show enthusiasm for learning and an increased willingness to work."
The report added that Mrs Stringer had been very effective in motivating the staff. Only two of the eight lessons observed by the inspector had been below the standard expected.
Also, pupils' behaviour and attendance had improved.
Mrs Stringer praised pupils and staff at the school leavers' assembly, when presentations were made to three teachers who have now left.
They are deputy head David Atkinson and literacy co-ordinator Mrs Sheila Edwards, who have retired after being at the school since 1993, and teacher Mrs Angela Mashinter, who has been at Bradley for 12 years and has taken up another teaching post.
Mrs Stringer also welcomed two new teachers and Mr Paul Scrimshaw, from Wellhouse Junior School, Golcar, who has been seconded to Bradley as deputy head.