THE outgoing headteacher of Alston Moor Federation has been handed a retirement present by Ofsted.

The education watchdog judged Alston Primary School to be ‘good’ in every category. The quality of teaching was praised, as was the behaviour of pupils and the planning of leaders and governors.

It means all three of the schools in the federation – Alston and Nenthead primary schools and Samuel King’s secondary school – are now rated good by Ofsted.

Ian Johnson was appointed headteacher of Samuel Kings School in 2012, with the school facing a huge deficit and Ofsted demanding improvements. Naturally, he was delighted with the news.

He said: “This is the best retirement present I could have had.

“More importantly, for our three schools, it gives parity and the very best platform for things to continue to move forward.”