A PRIMARY school in Darlington has been named as one of the best in the country for pupil progress.

Corporation Road Community Primary School in Darlington has been ranked in the top one per cent in England for progress between years two and six for writing and maths, in the Government's latest primary school league tables.

The school has also been named in the top six per cent nationally for progress in reading between the same year groups.

As well as its national success, Corporation Road Primary School has been ranked first out of 30 primary schools in Darlington for its progress between key stage one and Key Stage Two for writing and maths.

The school was also second in the town for progress between the two key stages for reading.

Writing on the school newsletter, Ann Pringleton, headteacher, said: "As a consequence of the all the hard work that the children and staff put in, we were able to celebrate a fantastic set of results at the end of last year.

"This is something that the whole community should be proud of."

Speaking to The Northern Echo about the school's success, Ms Pringleton said: "I was really pleased for the school when I saw the set of results.

"Everybody at the school has worked really hard, and this is a celebration of the hard work that every child and staff member has put in.

"We have got a great set of students at this school and we aim to give them a great start in life, and these results show we are doing just that - I am really happy for the school."

Ms Pringleton also confirmed the school had been ranked first in Darlington for the progress of ‘disadvantaged pupils’ and ‘English as an additional language pupils’ for reading, writing and maths.

"We have got lots of children here, probably around 50 per cent, who don't have English as their first language, which really emphasises how well the staff have done.

"As the headteacher of the school, I want all the children who attend to gain the best start in their education that we can provide, in order that they are very well prepared for the future."