A primary school in Bolton has had a cracker of a year ­— placing it in the top five per cent in the country.

The Valley School in Astley Bridge is ranked joined fourth in the borough in this year's primary school performance tables, based on its Key Stage 2 SAT results.

Year Six children took the exams in the summer of this year.

The Bolton News: head boy and head girl, Marghoob Ahmed and Saara Sufi at The Valley School

The school's outstanding results, where 83 per cent of children met the required standard in the 3Rs, come after The Valley Primary's Ofsted inspection in which it was graded outstanding ­— the highest possible mark attainable by a school.

Headteacher Kevan Naughton said: "Yet again these results put us in the top five per cent of schools locally and nationally, a position held consistently now over many years of the published performance tables.

"We are really pleased with these outcomes but also the manner in which we achieve them.

"Our recent Ofsted report really validated our broad and rich curriculum and the fact that every child felt valued and supported.

"Our inclusive ethos and supporting every child to make the best possible progress is our moral imperative, seeing our pupils happy, smiling and achieving is what we feel education should be about, especially when pupils have a special need or disability.

"Our results are just one element of the bigger picture, creating inquisitive youngsters who enjoy their learning and developing a thirst for knowledge, accepting and supporting each other along the way."

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Bolton Council schools, of which The Valley Primary is one, dominated the top of this year's local primary school league table, with Beaumont Primary, The Oaks Primary School and Lostock Primary School in the top five schools.

Ofsted inspectors reported: "Pupils are very proud of their school and their many accomplishments.

"Pupils enjoy being at school because they value learning."

Children achieve" exceptionally well" said inspectors, who added: "They leave Year 6 as well-rounded, confident and articulate youngsters ready to make the most of all that is on offer in the secondary phase of their education."