A Preston school is starting the new year on top form- after being named the best in the North West - and second best in the country.
English Martyrs Catholic Primary in Ashton, scooped a hat trick of accolades in the national Reading Recovery Awards.
The Sizer Street school was national runner up and regional winner in the School of the Year, Child and Teacher of the Year categories .
The school beat more than 8,000 other entrants to make it to the grand final for “Growing professional expertise in Literacy throughout the school”
English Martyrs has a reading team led by Joanne Lingard - who was regional finalist in the Reading Recovery teacher section.
It provides individual reading programmes such as Reading Recovery and Better Reading Partners to support children across the school.
A team travelled down to London to the Institute of Education to receive the awards.
Joanne said: “I am so proud of all the dedicated and talented staff at our school who work tirelessly to ensure every child reaches their full potential in reading.
“Schools who are nominated have to demonstrate an increase in children at the school achieving and exceeding national expectations in Literacy and that’s what we have done.”
Headteacher Annalisa Howarth, added: “I am extremely proud of Joanne’s hard work in spearheading Reading Recovery at English Martyr’s.
“She has worked tirelessly with staff and children to give them the best possible chance to reach their full potential in reading and has proved that Reading Recovery really does work.”
Seven-years-old Nathan Critchley brought added success when he was named national runner up and regional finalist in the Child of the Year 2014 section.
Last year pupil Karl Murphy was named national over sevens winner.