A Walsall primary school is among the best nationally for improving pupils performance, leading an educational revival in the once troubled borough.
Watling Street Primary School came fourth in the country for its "added value" score, measuring progress made by pupils in tests aged seven until they leave, aged 11.
The school also came top regionally and 27th nationally for the proportion of 11-year-olds achieving level five, one grade above the required standard.
The success was one of the highlights of school attainment this year in Walsall, which, four years ago was doing so badly its education service was put under private control.
Services firm Serco, which also manages parking meters and testing of nuclear weapons, was appointed to run the authority's schools under the name Education Walsall.
Despite a shaky start – the firm was fined #250,000 for failing to meet targets in 2003 – measures put in place now appear to be bearing fruit.
Walsall rose 19 places among 150 local education authorities this year for the performance of 11 year olds in English, maths and science key stage two tests.
It is now ranked fifth, among the country's 150 authorities, for sustained improvement in key stage two results.
Helen Denton, managing director of Education Walsall, said: "We are delighted the year-on-year improvement continues.
"We recognise and congratulate the hard work of staff, pupils and parents involved in continuing to raise standards of education in Walsall."
Councillor Zahid Ali, Cabinet Member for Children's services, added: "In Walsall we are on a path of continuous improvement - our results are getting better and better every year."
Watling Street Primary, in Brownhills, was one of a number of schools highlighted by the authority for achievement this year.
Its head Jeanne Monckton said the school's achievement was down to creating a culture in which it was "cool" to learn.
"We involve the children on their learning journey so they know what they are working on and what they need to do to achieve the next level.
"This information is shared with parents so they are aware of their children's progress. We have an ethos of achievement. Learning is a cool thing to do in our school.
"Children want to do well. They want to get better and do the best they possibly can."
Watling Street's leading position is all the more remarkable given that the school was placed in special measures eight years ago, six weeks after Ms Monckton's arrival.
An almost entirely new teaching staff has been recruited since 2000 and Ofsted inspectors who visited earlier this year judged the school "outstanding".
In its report on the school, Ofsted stated: "The main causes for this are the excellent leadership, outstanding teaching, excellent care for the pupils and the outstanding curriculum. Pupils are happy and safe and enjoy being at school."
Top five schools in the West Midlands for value added, with national ranking in brackets
Watling Street Primary, Walsall (4)
Heath Mount Primary School, Birmingham (6)
Pegasus Primary School, Birmingham (12)
Bishopton Primary School, Stratford-upon-Avon (18)
St Matthew’s CofE Primary, Telford (28)