Schools are top of the class

Headteacher Amanda Clayton of Singleton CE Primary School has been nominated for a Headteacher of the Year award.

Headteacher Amanda Clayton of Singleton CE Primary School has been nominated for a Headteacher of the Year award.

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The Fylde coast boasts three of the top 60 primary schools in the country – with one of those in the top five.

The schools, in Singleton, Kirkham and Hambleton, have all earned their top places for the highest attainment in England in 2014.

Singleton CE Primary School ranks as the fifth best primary in the country, the top in the North West and the top small school nationally.

The Willows Catholic Primary School, Kirkham, ranks as the 13th best primary nationally.

And Hambleton Primary Academy ranks as 60th best.

At these schools, every Year Six child achieved at least a Level Four in reading, writing and maths in 2014.

Proud pupils and staff at the more than 150-year-old Singleton school, on Church Road in the village, are celebrating their success.

Headteacher Amanda Clayton said: “The whole school community is really proud of this fantastic achievement.

“The league tables are not what drives us as a school, as we recognise they give a limiting view as to the true achievements of a school.

“However, we are, naturally, really proud of the success of our little school.”

School bosses have said these are down to a “well rounded” curriculum, which includes using activities like musical theatre, gardening and even den making to bring lessons to life.

Meanwhile, The Willows’ headteacher said their attainment was a testament to “excellent teaching, support from parents and the children’s commitment to achieving”.

Sharon Barnett added: “We’re absolutely thrilled with our children’s performance.

“SATs only provide a snapshot of children’s successes at The Willows.

“It matters so much that children are happy, respectful and responsible, with a love of learning and all aspects of school life.”

Pamela Birch, headteacher of Hambleton Primary Academy, said: “It is wonderful for our area that we have three of the best schools in terms of Year Six attainment.

“It is really important that children attain the best results they can as this unlocks the next level of educational opportunity.

“Our children learn through play and having fun.”