STAFF and pupils at a Teesdale school are celebrating being placed 100th out of 3,017 nationally in terms of the progress made by its students. The confirmation came in March 2014 from the head of education in Co. Durham, Caroline O'Neil, who congratulated students and staff on achieving these outcomes at a time when schools are adapting to a changing landscape in education policy.

A spokesman for the Teesdale school said: "At Staindrop we are keeping pace with government changes in policies by frequently reviewing practices to ensure we are delivering the best education possible for our young people. With the benefit of a highly supportive governing body and innovative leadership we endeavour to ensure that every young person achieves success at Staindrop.

It is gratifying to know that a relatively small rural school such as Staindrop is delivering an education that places it in the top 100 schools in the country. Furthermore we aim to ensure our students leave Staindrop as mature, confident citizens ready to tackle the challenges that face them after school. Our vision "Maximising success in a strong community" perfectly summarises the ethos of the school.