PRIMARY school pupils in West Lancashire have hit the top of the tables in the latest Key Stage Two results – ranking as some of the best in the country.
Assessed using the Sats results of primary school-aged children from across the UK, the results show how many achieved a level four pass in reading, writing and mathematics.
Nationally, results rose slightly in comparison to last year’s results – with 76% of pupils reaching the benchmark for their age group in 2013 compared with 75% in 2012.
Lancashire is above the national average for reading, writing and maths separately, and rates of progress are better than average.
West Lancashire Schools have done exceedingly well with many schools achieving above 80%.
At Holland Moor Primary School in Skelmersdale 100% of pupils achieved the required benchmark and came within the top 200 primary schools in the entire country.
Westhead Lathom St James COE Primary also achieved 100% after getting 43% last year.
Halsall St Cuthberts COE Primary achieved 94%.
Headteacher Mr Douglas Scholes said: "It’s all down to teamwork from the teachers, teaching assistants and the support from the parents of the children.
“Good preparation makes the big difference and high quality staff and high quality teaching achieves the higher grades."
Bob Stott, Lancashire County Council's director responsible for schools, said: "I am particularly proud of our schools and pupils for producing these excellent results, considering that scores have remained static nationally.
"Good results come from good schools, well supported by parents, governors and the county council – not forgetting, of course, our pupils who have worked so hard. Well done to them all."