SJP staff have been involved with schools throughout Merseyside to try and improve standards, and this was recognised by judges, who noted it had “done excellent work helping others”.
One example has seen a deputy head from SJP move to become headteacher at a St Helens school, on a temporary basis, and deliver the school out of special measures.
To celebrate their success, SJP are giving all pupils the afternoon off to watch England’s final World Cup group game against Slovenia.
Brian Lally said: “It seemed like the obvious thing to do.
“We’re still putting together plans for a big celebration because it’s not just about the pupils, but also the families and the wider community.
“That’s at the heart of it and I think that’s what has been recognised with the award.”