A primary school is now officially one of the best in the north after it received an ‘outstanding in all areas’ score in its Ofsted inspection.

Euxton Primrose Hill Primary School is the only one in the region to achieve this, placing it in the top 0.2 per cent of schools in England.

What makes the achievement even more notable is it comes just six years after the school had to share classes across age groups due to low pupil numbers.

The school’s headteacher Chris Shields said the journey has been an amazing one: “This is such an unbelievable result for a school that not only competes against other good schools in the area but has got to where we are from a very difficult position.

“I can still remember struggling to get children to come here as we were very much seen as the fourth option for parents.

“In 2004 only 16 children enrolled in reception and we had to share classes across age groups because of low numbers.

“In addition the school suffered bouts of vandalism and encountered some very disillusioned children. This could not be further from the case now as we have parents queuing up to send their children here.

“I was particularly pleased with what the inspectors said about our standard of teaching.

“The children will be delighted with the result and the Inspectors have told them they have beautiful manners, take great care of each other and are a credit to their families and teachers.

Chair of governors, Andy Oddy said: “I’m particularly pleased for the village of Euxton. This achievement means that we have some excellent schools in the area.”

Euxton Primrose Hill is now in the top 10 of all primary schools inspected in the last year and the only school in the north to achieve an ‘Outstanding in all areas’ rating.