When Matt Middlemore arrived at Tregolls School in 2012 it was in ‘special measures’. Attendance was poor and achievement was consistently among the worst in the country. His impact was immediate. Pupils, staff, parents and governors bought into his vision to be the best in the world and within three years 100% of pupils in the Year 6 class achieved level 4 in Reading, Writing and Maths and 100% made at least expected progress. He did this by creating a thriving learning environment, inspiring teachers to flourish and engaging pupils in curriculum development. The individual success stories across the school are heart-warming and awe-inspiring, but the man who made it all happen – who turned the school from one of the worst into one of the best in next to no time – was Matt Middlemore.