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Lord Mayor of Bradford to honour ‘best school’ Iqra Primary
A Bradford school has been invited to meet the Lord Mayor of Bradford to celebrate being named “most outstanding” primary in the country.
Pupils, parents, staff and governors at Iqra Primary School, in Manningham, will be visiting City Hall on Monday to meet the Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Dale Smith after getting top marks in the 2012 School Awards, run by a national newspaper.
As well as coming first in the “most outstanding” primary category, the school, which used to be Drummond Middle School, came runner-up for the overall best UK School.
Headteacher Shahnaz Anwar-Bleem said: “It’s quite an honour to be given a Lord Mayor’s reception, which is again a ‘really well done’ and a pat on the back for all the staff for their hard work. It’s putting Manningham back on the map in a positive way.”
Ruby Hussain, learning leader at the school, said it had been on quite a journey since the building burned down 12 years ago.
She said: “We are absolutely delighted. When we were at the awards we were just shocked to find out we had been awarded the best primary.
“In 2000 our school got burned down, there was nothing here, and then in the last two years we have had an outstanding Ofsted report and then this award, which has just topped it off for us.”
Councillor Smith said: “It is a staggering success, it bodes well for the future and it shows Bradford that if one school can do it then several could be able to do it, so we will be celebrating even more success in the not-too-distant future, I hope.”