A city school is celebrating after being named among the best performing in the country.
Pupils at Preston Muslim Girls’ High School received “excellent” GCSE results last summer, and have now been congratulated by David Laws MP, the Minister of State for Schools.
Headteacher Mufti Javid said he was “delighted” with the achievement.
He said: “We were very pleased with our GCSE results in the summer which had gone up by 19 per cent from the previous year, but we didn’t expect this.
“We had no idea that we were in the top 100 schools in the country.
“When I received the letter marked House of Commons I had no idea what it was. I was thrilled to read the letter and pleased to be able to pass on what it said to all of our parents, staff and pupils.”
Mr Javid described the recognition as a “great credit” to the spirit of the school.
He said: “This is a very happy and safe family school.
“I am exceptionally proud of all of our pupils and everything that they do.
“It’s nice to have our achievements recognised in this very public way and I know that our parents and the community will be delighted with the way the school has developed.”
He added: “The school has come a long way from its from very humble beginnings. It opened 25 years ago as an independent school and joined the state sector in 2011.
“Back then it occupied two rooms in an old mill building and had only a handful of pupils and two part time teachers. In those days the school had little money and only a few resources.
“It is amazing to see the transformation that has taken place. To be recognised as one of the top 100 schools it is a dream come true. Who would have thought it?”
A letter to the headteacher from David Laws MP said the school was one of the top 100 performing non-selective state funded schools in England.
He said: “Your school is clearly equipping its pupils for success in both further study and future employment.
“The results are a shining testament to the hard work and success of your staff, governors and pupils.
“I would like to offer my thanks to you and all at your school for your pursuit of the highest standards of educational achievement.”