Lancashire primary school named Best in Britain

A primary school in Lancashire has beaten thousands of other entires to be named Primary School of the Year.

Delph Side in Skelmersdale, which is one of the most deprived areas in the country, was called "truly inspirational" by the judges - who said the school gave children a sense that anything is possible.

Poppy, the school's therapy dog, is on hand to help anyone feeling low. Credit: Britain's Classroom Heroes/ BBC2

The school's results have improved rapidly over the past three years - but the judges comments said it was the happy atmosphere and creative extra curricular activities on offer which helped their entry stand out.

Delphside Primary school lives its school values of 'enjoy, embrace, evolve' and all staff are clearly committed to making a difference for each and every child. The school is a big community player.

Judges comments
The judges praised the modern, buzzing, happy atmosphere. Credit: Britain's Classroom Heroes/ BBC2

Headteacher Liz Ormerod said winning such a prestigious award was a win for the whole town.

She told ITV News "It's going to have a massive impact. We're very proud to be part of Skelmersdale and to be part of that community"

We want our children to feel that pride in their town

Liz Ormerod, Headteacher