SCHOOLCHILDREN make more progress at a Blackburn school than any other in the country, Government figures show.

Tauheedul Islam Girls' High School is again number one in the country in the Progress 8 Score measure ­— with pupils making 'well above average' progress.

Clitheroe Grammar School was in the top 50 schools in the country for the numbers achieving top GCSE grades in English and maths.

The Progress 8 measure shows how much progress pupils made between the end of primary school and the end of secondary school compared to pupils across the country who got similar SATs results in Year Six.

And Tauheedul Islam Girls' High School also beat national and local averages for the numbers of pupils leaving school with strong GCSE grades in English and maths, with 83.3 per cent achieving 9-5 in the core subjects. This is compared to a national average of 39.8 per cent.

Figures show that the school is one of the best in the country for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, those living in low-income households or who are in care, with more than four-fifths of students from disadvantaged backgrounds achieved a "strong pass" in English and maths, compared to a quarter nationally.

It also ranks well for results by pupils with low prior achievement at primary school, with 50 per cent achieving the required grades in English and maths, compared to just 11 per cent.

Hafez Lukman, principal of the school, said: “We are delighted to have secured such an exceptional set of GCSE results, this is the fourth year running where we have topped the tables for our Progress 8 score, which clearly demonstrates the incredible effort and dedication of all our talented pupils and staff.

"With the support of devoted parents and our fantastic teachers and support staff, our amazing students have worked really hard to achieve life-changing outcomes.”

At Clitheroe Grammar School, 98.3 per cent of pupils left school with strong passes in English and maths and pupils make above average progress.

Tauheedul Islam Boys' High School was in the top 50 in the country for the numbers of young people entering the English Baccalaureate, which is made up of strong academic subjects.

The boy's school was ranked second best in Blackburn with Darwen, where pupils also make well above average progress.

Majid Ditta, principal of the boys' school, said: “We are delighted with our continued success which will help our young men to go on to achieve even greater success in the future. All of our efforts are geared towards giving our pupils a real chance to become the leaders of tomorrow.”

Muslim faith state schools took all top three positions for progress.