A HYNDBURN school was celebrating after it was named as the most improved primary in the borough according to the latest Government league tables published this week.
Pupils at St Oswald's RC, Accrington, achieved an aggregate score of 267 out of a possible 300 - a whopping 100-point improvement on last year when they scored 167.
The figure is for the number of pupils achieving Level 4 or above in tests for English, maths and science.
This was hailed as a huge achievement by Father Patrick Bourke, head of governors.
He said: "We had a bit of a blip with our results last year and this year we were expecting them to go up, but we didn't think they would improve by so much.
"This result is a reflection of the children that we have, as many of them are very bright, and of the hard work done by the staff and the headteacher, who have all worked wonders.
"We are as pleased as punch by these results and a lot of hard work has gone into them."
All Saints Primary School, Clayton-le-Moors, was also celebrating after jumping from second place last year to top of the league table with an aggregate score of 295.
Its success follows on from more good news earlier this year when it was awarded top marks across the board by Ofsted inspectors.
But headteacher Peter Jump said the tables did not always give a true picture of a school's achievement and urged people to view them with caution.
He said: "I would urge all parents to view these figures with a pinch of salt as they are only the results of three tests done by pupils who have now left and as such they are of limited value.
"Education is about whole-child development, not just about these crude statistics which fail to take account of many variables.
"For example, suppose you got a year group who took the tests in Key Stage One, got full marks and achieved Level 3, which is the maximum.
"If the same pupils then went on to get the maximum Level 5 later in the school, the value-added measure would only be 100, which is average, as that is the way they calculate it. Clearly, this is nonsense."
At the lower end of the table Spring Hill Primary School, Accrington, also showed an improvement with an aggregate score of 120, an improvement on last year's score of 114.
Stephanie Grimshaw, headteacher, said: "Our parents are working hard with us as we continue to improve and we are making steady progress.
"But despite this we remain challenged by a variety of issues."