A city school which only moved into the state sector three years ago has been named as one of the nation’s best – for the second year running.
Preston Muslim Girl’s High is in the top 100 state schools in the country, which puts it in the top three per cent of non-selective schools.
A letter from Schools Minister David Laws congratulated headteacher Mufti Javid Pathan on the “excellent value added score” the school achieved in 2014.
The accolade was a direct result of the high level of improvement shown in pupils’ progress between starting at the high school and doing their GCSEs.
Mr Pathan said: “This is the second consecutive year we have done this.
“We had our first results as a state school in 2012 so we are very pleased indeed to have done so well.”
Until 2011 the school, which is housed in the Madrassa in Deepdale Mill Street, was a privately funded girls’ school and had only 169 pupils when it converted to a state secondary school.
Since then numbers have more than doubled to 364 pupils and Mr Pathan said projections for September 2015 will see the school with approximately 400 pupils.
The school, which is regularly oversubscribed, received a glowing report from Ofsted, which rated it as Good.
A total of 11 Lancashire primary schools among 430 from across the country awarded £1,000 from the Government for efficient use of the pupil premium.
Their results showed that they have made or continue to make impressive improvements in the attainment of their more disadvantaged pupils.
Every school has won £1,000 and eligible schools will now be invited to apply for the prizes worth up to £100,000.
Final prizes will be awarded at a ceremony hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in March.
Among those eligible to apply for the extra £100,000 is Eldon Primary in Plungington, Preston.
The school needs to share its good practice with others to be in the running.
Other schools receiving the award include: Gillibrand Chorley; Moorside Lancaster;Grosvenor Park Morecambe; St Matthew’s, St Ignatius; Cottam in Preston, Garstang St Thomas and Scotforth St Paul’s.