STAFF and students at Heckmondwike Grammar School are celebrating after coming top of the class.

They boast the best results in Kirklees in the latest Key Stage 3 tests in secondary schools.

Performance tables were issued by the Government today.

The selective Heckmondwike Grammar School tops the table based on the success of 14-year-old pupils in English, maths and science.

Students at the school swept the board with 100% achieving the Government standard of level five.

But the overall performance of the district's schools was below the national average.

The Kirklees figures were 67.3% in English, 68.2% in maths and 61% in science.

This compared with the national averages of 73% in English and maths and 68% in science.

Clr Geoff Alvy, Kirklees Council Cabinet member for children's services, said: "We have only just received these comparative results today and are still analysing them.

"An initial evaluation however suggests that these are a reasonable set of results.

"Standards in English and mathematics in Kirklees rose in 2004.

"In relative terms, Kirklees Local Education Authority lies second in performance when compared to that of the other local LEAs of Calderdale, Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield."

A total of 25 schools in Kirklees are included in today's table.

The second best performing school in Kirklees was Holmfirth High School, followed by Shelley High School.

The bottom three in Kirklees were Batley High School for Boys, Birkdale High School, in Dewsbury, and Fartown High School.

At Fartown, which is in special measures, only a little over a third of the pupils reached the expected standards.