LATEST government figures show 90 per cent of schools in Lancashire are rated as outstanding or good.

This leaves the county's schools in the top third of England's schools, with 24 per cent of schools rated as outstanding, 66 per cent as good.

This is much higher than the national average of 20 per cent and 65 per cent respectively.

Lancashire's figure for requires improvement is nine per cent, lower than the country average of 11 per cent.

Only two per cent of Lancashire's schools are rated inadequate, lower than the national average of four per cent.

Lancashire County Cllr Susie Charles, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: "This is tremendous news.

"It's great to see that the latest statistics from the Department for Education back up what we already know – that the quality of schools in Lancashire are amongst the best in the country.

"To have four per cent more outstanding schools than the England average is not easy, as outstanding ratings are very difficult to achieve.

"I'm proud of our schools here in Lancashire.

"These figures clearly demonstrate the high quality of headteachers, their staff and governors and the commitment of pupils and families.

"Together, we are working hard to fulfil our ambition that all our pupils attend a school which is rated as good or better, and we have an excellent track record in helping schools achieve this."