AN ACCRINGTON nursery has proved that it is top of the class after being praised in Ofsted's annual report.
Lee Royd Nursery School, Royds Street, is the only school in Hyndburn to be included in the report by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, David Bell.
Mr Bell has identified 393 "outstanding" schools and colleges across the country, based on inspections by Ofsted during the academic year of 2003-2004.
Lee Royd was praised by the inspectors as "a very good school with outstanding features and no significant weaknesses".
The headteacher's educational direction was described as "excellent" and management as "very good".
The report went on to say: "Children achieve very well, teaching is consistently very good, with examples of excellent teaching, and curricular provision is rich and of high quality."
It described the children as having "excellent attitudes and behaviour and very good personal development", and praised the "very high level of inclusion, equality and racial harmony in the school".
Mr Bell said: "I heartily congratulate the headteacher, staff, governors and pupils of all the successful schools named in my annual report on their success and hard work in delivering such a high standard of education."
Headteacher of Lee Royd Nursery, Karen Coffey, added: "We are delighted to be named in the annual report and it is a credit to all of the staff who work so hard within the nursery and the very supportive parents we have and of course the children - without them we would not be able to do such a rewarding job."