The Government last night said a top-performing Black Country primary school proved its "focus on the basics" was working.
Manor Junior and Infant School in Bilston, Wolverhampton, came top of the country's 17,642 primaries for value added, measuring progress made by pupils.
The school claimed the turnaround was down to good teaching and "an exciting curriculum with lots of practical hands- on learning".
Schools Minister Lord Adonis said: "Parents, teachers and pupils at Manor Junior and Infant School in Wolverhampton can be proud today.
"They are the best primary school in England based on the value added measure."
He added: "We have come a long way in the last eight years. The results we see today in Wolverhampton show that our focus on the basics is paying off."
Wolverhampton's Bushbury Hill Primary, however, was the worst school in the country for value-added, which rates progress between tests taken by pupils at the age of seven and 11.
Elsewhere, Solihull consolidated its position as the best place in the region for primary education.
It rose 18 places nationally to be ranked seventh out of 150 authorities. The borough also had the country's overall second bestperforming primary - Bentley Heath CofE -for Key Stage Two tests taken at age 11 in literacy, numeracy and science.
Its head teacher Malcolm Evans put the achievement down to a "once in a lifetime" year group of pupils. Birmingham fared less well, sliding from 117th out of 150 authorities for primary schools to 125th, despite reporting record attainment levels.
Europe's biggest education authority also had one of the worst-performing primaries in the country.
Tindal Junior and Infants, located in the socially deprived inner city ward of Balsall Heath, came 28th from the bottom nationally for KS2 SAT exams.
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