JUBILANT West End Primary School in Oswaldtwistle is celebrating coming top of the class in the much-maligned Key Stage Two SATs results.
Half of the borough’s schools improved from last year, but overall scores were slightly down as many of the largest school year groups performed worse.
The tests have provoked a furore nationwide with some schools returning scripts with marking complaints, and teaching unions calling for a boycott next year.
West End was the top performing Hyndburn school, racking up an impressive average points score of 30.9, with all its 11-year-olds achieving the expected standard in English. Its aggregate score for the three core subjects increased to 290 out of a possible 300 and its huge level 5 aggregate of 203 was up from 136 last year.
Delighted headteacher Janet Aspinall said: "It was one of those classes that was a really bright class, they were very thirsty for knowledge more than the normal year and there were no real special needs. But I have to say despite being up there that all the results should be regarded with a health warning."
Other top performing schools were St Mary’s, Clayton, Belthorn Primary and All Saints Primary, while Spring Hill Community Primary and Oswaldtwistle St Paul’s CE scored the lowest average points.
No St Paul’s pupils exceeded expectations in English or maths, with just 5 per cent achieving level 5 in Science.
With a 24.1 average Hyndburn Park Primary also recorded a drop in results, while Rishton Methodist Primary scored the lowest Level 4 aggregate with 160 points, and both it and Spring Hill Primary saw under half of their students pass Level 4 Maths.
Stephanie Grimshaw, headteacher at Spring Hill Primary, pointed out that its average score had increased for three years in succession, showing that they were achieving their quest for continuous improvement.
She said: "The Contextual Value Added measure, which is more indicative of children’s achievement, has risen considerably from 98.1 to 99.5 and takes account of children’s abilities.
"While we have a high percentage of pupils for whom attainment of national levels is challenging we are very pleased that we have doubled the numbers of pupils achieving above the expected level.
"As always SATs are a narrow judgement of the work of schools who all work hard to nurture and develop our young people. Many aspects of this work are of equal importance but cannot be tested. Our schools however will continue to value these."
Results were not provided for Altham St James School, Green Haworth CE School, Broadfield Specialist School and White Ash School.