SCHOOLCHILDREN are celebrating after their exam efforts saw them top local education league tables.
Pupils at Netherthong Primary School beat off 97 other schools to reach the summit of the Kirklees-wide tables published today.
Youngsters performed well in their Sats (Subject Achievement Tests) for 11-year-olds which cover English, maths and sciences.
They passed the government's level four standard at 100%, 96% and 100% respectively.
Headteacher Kate Prior said she was immensely proud of the students and staff at the school.
She added: "I'm proud of the children regardless of where we come in the league tables.
"We are very proud of our achievements and our creative curriculum which has enabled us to do so well."
But Miss Prior also voiced concern at the broad brushstrokes of school standards which the league tables paint.
She added: "All I'm concerned with is the children at our school are the best they can be and also that they are as happy here as they can be.
"There are things which aren't reflected in league tables, such as the whole school experience of making friends and social skills. These things are as important if not more so than some of the other measures.
"League tables are just one tiny snapshot of a tiny part of a much bigger picture."
That view was echoed by Andrew Allen, headteacher of Ashbrow Junior School in Bradley Boulevard, which came 97th of 98 in the tables with passes in English, maths and science at 43%, 34% and 77% respectively.
He said: "We are often towards the bottom of the league tables as the majority of our students have considerable special educational needs.
"We also have children who haven't been with us for very long due to varying circumstances.
"The children who have the ability to get level four and above marks do get them."
Mr Allen said he believed the league tables needed to take more factors into account.
He added: "They do have a purpose but they are not sensitive enough. They don't take into account the significant disadvantages which some children have."