TWO Kirklees schools are celebrating today after being named in the top 200 primaries in Britain.
Every child at Scholes Junior and Infant School, near Holmfirth, and Batley Parish CE Junior, Infant and Nursery, achieved the government targets for maths, English and science in year six statutory assessment tests last May.
All 60 children at both schools had a 100% record for getting a level four or above - the standard level for 11-year-olds in the core subjects.
Mrs Yvonne Donkesley, head at Scholes, said: "We're very pleased. They were a very talented group of year six children and we received a lot of support from parents."
Year six teacher Jane French, who job shares with Judith O'Hara, said: "They were a great class to teach, who took everything on board and worked extremely hard. It was a great team effort, including support staff and, as ever, our very supportive parents."
All the children at Hinchliffe Mill Junior and Infant School who took the tests also achieved the national standard in every subject.
Ian Richardson, headteacher at Batley Parish, said: "We have high expectations of them and our teachers have an outstanding subject knowledge which they transfer to the pupils"
Mr Richardson, has been head at the school for just eight weeks. He was previously head at St Aidan's in Skelmanthorpe. He said the school was very inclusive.
Around 30% of children came from an ethnic background other than white British and children from all faiths, including Muslim and Christian, worked harmoniously together.
It is the third year the school has topped the tables.
Clr Jim Dodds, Kirklees Council Cabinet member for children and young people said: "We would like to congratulate the children and their teachers for their results and for the steady improvement that has been made over recent years.
"Some schools have made particularly good progress and we congratulate them.
"I would like to congratulate those 21 schools where 100% of their pupils have achieved one level 4+ at key stage 2 in at least one of the core subjects as well as all the other schools whose pupils have made significant progress worthy of our congratulations."
Caroline Gruen, head of learning for the Children and Young People Service said: "We are very pleased indeed with this set of results. They have been achieved as a result of a good deal of hard work over the last few years."
* The national picture shows more primary school pupils than ever before are mastering the basics in English and mathematics.
Nationally, 76% of 11-year-olds achieved the target Level 4+ in mathematics – up 1% from 2005 and 14% since 1997 – the highest level ever.
In English, 79% achieved the target, compared with 63% in 1997 and maintaining the performance achieved in 2005.