SWIMBRIDGE Primary School was rated as the top school in Devon after 100% of its pupils achieved level four or above in reading, writing and maths in their Key Stage 2 exams.
The school has been in the top 5% nationally 11 times in the last 13 years and is now ranked as the 30th best school in the country out of a possible 17,000 according to the BBC results table published earlier this month.
Headteacher Garry Reed said: "It is odd that the highest achieving schools throughout the country are often smaller schools, often without the facilities or funding larger establishments have. In these schools there is a strong ethos of caring and high expectations of behaviour and academic achievement. Education is tailor-made to suit individual needs. Many of these schools (like Swimbridge) have a long-serving headteacher who spends most of their week teaching. Swimbridge has just 112 pupils on its roll."