ALBANY Academy has been recognised for its level of performance by being invited to join Leading Edge, a national network of exclusively high-performing secondary and special schools.

Run by the Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT), Leading Edge is made up of schools who have demonstrated statistically significant levels of progress and whose students perform above the national average.

The Chorley school was invited to join the network because of excellent examination results, strong leadership and outstanding behaviour.

The academy, which consistently appears in the top 10 Lancashire schools for pupil progress, offers support to other Lancashire schools and has been a valued member of SSAT for several years.

SSAT's chief executive Sue Williamson said: "We are delighted to welcome Albany Academy to our Leading Edge network.

"It is a credit to the hard work of all of their staff and students that they have been recognised as high-performing and we look forward to working with them.’

Peter Mayland, headteacher of Albany Academy, said: "Albany Academy is a forward-thinking academy and our strong values of caring for the individual and seeking to constantly improve, mean that we are able to innovate while holding true to our traditions.

"I am excited by the opportunities that joining Leading Edge will provide for the staff and students here and the opportunity to work in partnership with other schools across the network."