Education chiefs defended a Birmingham school in a deprived inner city ward that has been named as one of the worst-performing in the country.
Performance league tables for this year reveal Tindal Junior and Infant School in Balsall Heath to be the 28th worst school out of the country's 17,642 primaries.
Only 32 per cent of 11-year- olds achieved the required level of attainment in English, 24 per cent in maths and 53 per cent in science.
Tindal also came fourth from the bottom for the percentage of half-days missed due to truancy, at 6.9 per cent per pupil.
The school, in Tindal Street, takes a high proportion of children of parents who are newly-arrived refugees, particularly from Eastern Europe and Africa.
Birmingham's cabinet member for education Coun Les Lawrence (Con Northfield) said the school faced the "challenges of working with pupils who come from abroad, and have a lower starting point, many of whom have English as a second language".
No schools from the West Midlands featured in the bottom ten for results in the Key Stage Two tests taken in English, maths and science.