STANAH Primary School in Thornton was originally built as two separate schools on the same site to cater for housing developments in the Stanah area in the 1960s.

Despite part of the school being 'mothballed' when school rolls dropped in the early 1980's, Stanah is now a thriving school, over subscribed in most year groups and one of the biggest in Lancashire.

There are currently more than 450 pupils at the school.

Head teacher Tony Ford, who has been at Stanah for 11 years, says that being a larger school is a great bonus.

He said: "The school has more staff and hence more professional expertise to hand and this contributes to the broader and richer curriculum it offers for every child.

"The two-form entry system means that there are no mixed-aged classes in the school and children remain with their classmates and friends as they move through the school.

"As a large school we also involve the children in the decision-making. Their 'voice' is heard through the school council, house captain roles."

The school also boasts a newly built music room with specialist equipment, so every child has the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument and be involved in music making. Currently every child in Year 4 has a guitar and is learning to play through weekly lessons.

The school also excells at sport, with the football team winning a clutch of silverware last year.

Parent's suggestions and ideas have also been taken on board and children in Y6 accompany their parents to parents' evenings so that everyone is clear about how well they are doing and where they can improve.