Gladstone Primary school in Peterborough, which has 440 pupils, is dominated by students from the Punjab, with smaller groups from Afghanistan, Lithuania and Latvia.

But despite the language barrier the school has scored highly in its Ofsted reports and the headmaster sees bilingualism as an advantage.

Christine Parker, the head, told the Sunday Times: “More and more of the world is going bilingual.

“The culture at our school is not to see bilingualism as a difficulty.”

It is thought the school, in the immigration hotspot of the agricultural area of the Fens, is the only school with no pupils who speak English as a first language.

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