A VILLAGE school near Chester celebrated its turnaround in fortunes during a special summer fete.

Huxley Primary School welcomed its new pupils, headteacher and teaching staff, and board of governors at the event.

One year ago, the school – dating back to Victorian times – had just four children it seemed inevitable that it would have to close.

However, an action group was formed and a business and recovery plan was prepared, resulting the Cheshire West and Chester Council giving the governors a chance to rebuild the school.

Celebrating the turnaround at the summer fete were more than 250 people, including local MP and supporter Edward Timpson who officially opened the event.

Rachel Gourley, who will be headteacher from September 1, said: "We are happy to announce that the school is nearly at full capacity. We already have 40 pupils enrolled for September and requests and visits by families are continuing.

"We will be starting a waiting list. The school is buzzing and work is underway to prepare for a wonderful new school year".

Huxley has adopted a new hybrid model of education with the school providing places to full time pupils as well as introducing flexi-schooling as an alternative for families.