‘DYNAMIC’ headteacher Mark Unwin has ensured rapid improvements since his appointment two years ago, says the education watchdog.

Mr Unwin leads Wilmslow Grange Community Primary and Nursery School, which has earned an outstanding rating from Ofsted following its most recent inspection.

Mr Unwin was appointed as headteacher in January 2015, and has improved the school’s rating from ‘good’, which it achieved in 2012.

The school was rated as outstanding in the five areas which formed the focus of the inspection at the end of April.

The school has 294 pupils, and has seen major changes in staffing since the 2012 inspection, including Mr Unwin’s appointment and the establishment of a new senior leadership team.

“Leadership and management at all levels are exceptionally strong,” said the Ofsted report following the April inspection.

“The headteacher and deputy headteacher are dynamic leaders. They work very hard to ensure that pupils are at the centre of everything the school does.

“Leaders have quickly created a culture of high expectations of themselves, staff and pupils, and all members of the school community rise to these expectations.

“Senior leaders share the headteacher’s passion for every child to succeed.

“They are committed to the vision of ‘very high expectations of academic success, behaviour, excitement and fun’. This vision is evident in all aspects of school life.

“The constant focus on pupils’ outcomes is borne out in the rapid improvement in outcomes for pupils, including for disadvantaged pupils, who make outstanding progress from their different starting points.”

The report said the vast majority of parents were very supportive of the school.

It said: “They welcome the changes brought about by the headteacher, and appreciate the fact that the headteacher and deputy headteacher are visible and approachable.

“Parents say teachers ‘go the extra mile’ to ensure that pupils receive the help and support they need. They are highly appreciative of the additional opportunities adults provide, such as after-school clubs and visits.”

The report said the curriculum was a real strength of the school, and the clear focus on English and maths was matched by work across the whole curriculum.