ACCRINGTON St Christopher's High has consolidated its position as the borough's top secondary school after getting the highest Key Stage Three results for the fourth year running.
But The Hollins Technology College could soon be challenging for the top spot after its pupils were revealed to have improved the most when the new results were released by the Department of Education and Skills this week.
Key Stage Three tests are taken by all pupils at age 14 and they measure their ability in the core topics of maths, English and science.
St Christopher's headteacher Alasdair Coates said: "We are delighted for the staff and pupils whose hard work and dedication reflects these excellent results.
"Not only are the results good in themselves, but we are in the top 20 per cent of schools in the country for added value.
"That means every pupil is performing to their individual best, and we can't ask any more than that.
"We are already implementing new ways to build on these high standards and improve even further."
Dr Ian Butterfield, deputy head at The Hollins Technology College, said: "The school has improved in all areas at all levels and we have had many outstanding individual performances.
"Our value- added score puts us in the top quarter nationally and I am delighted everyone's hard work has been reflected in the results.
"There is a really optimistic atmosphere in the school and we are all looking forward to the future."
Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School was the only one to report a small drop in standards, largely due to a decline in English, with 38 per cent passing, compared with 54 per cent in 2005.
Deputy headteacher Paul Trickett said: "We are very pleased with our progress in maths and science, which were both above the targets set for us by the local authority.
"The English mark was an anomaly. We sent all our papers to be remarked, but there was no shift when they came back.
"This mark doesn't represent the standards the students have achieved.
"Our tracking shows they are on course for very good results in their GCSEs.
"This is a blip, not a trend. We are confident of meeting or exceeding our targets next year."