A SCHOOL was named as best in the country at a national award ceremony.

Pendle Primary Academy in Nelson won the Primary School of the Year at the 2018 Shine A Light Awards.

The awards recognise work by schools in improving communication and helping young people with speech, language and communication needs.

The school in Walter Street was praised by judges for investing in its own speech and language therapist and the regular therapy sessions given to children where needed.

Simon Thompson, principal at Pendle Primary Academy, said: “Our staff universally recognise that effective communication is crucial to every child’s immediate and future success, and as such as a school we have an absolute commitment to developing in each individual the capacity to communicate effectively to the very best of their abilities, regardless of their barriers or starting points.

“It is an honour to receive this award in recognition of the staff and community’s commitment to believing in every child’s potential and enabling them to achieve this.”

The school also features dedicated ‘education spaces’ for children who experience difficulties freely communicating.

Parents and carers are also thoroughly included, and are invited to attend family activity sessions run by school staff in partnership with Lancashire Adult Learning.

Hosted by stand-up comedian, actor and TV writer Adam Hess, 17 individuals and teams across 10 award categories were recognised.

Mr Hess said: “The dedication of Pendle Primary Academy is outstanding.

“As a child, I struggled greatly with dyslexia. It is fantastic to know that other children and young people are being given the support they need to learn, thrive and achieve their goals.

“Pendle Primary Academy should be very proud of its award.”