AN Indian school with 45,000 pupils, 2,500 teachers and 1,000 classrooms has been named the world’s biggest by Guinness World Records.

The City Montessori School (CMS) in Lucknow had 39,437 pupils registered in the 2010-2011 academic year, but bosses say enrolment numbers have already risen above the 45,000 mark. Opened back in 1959 by Jagdish Gandhi and his wife Bharti, with a loan of just 300 rupees, and amazingly, just five pupils, the school now sprawls over 20 sites in the city and educates pupils between the ages of three and 17.

Any parental worries about the average class size of 45 are apparently unfounded too, as the school is famous for its world-class exam results and international exchange programmes.

Mr Gandhi, who still plays a part in the school at the age of 75, said: ‘The phenomenal growth of our school is a reflection of our efforts to please our parents with our service to their children. Our students have exceptional academic results each year and outstanding global exposure. Getting this Guinness record is heartening but it’s not just about size.’

While the school promotes the advantages of being able to make lots of friends, it does admit there is nowhere big enough to hold an assembly. –Metro