FAMILY values are one of the strengths of being part of a village school which has achieved 100% in test figures.
Hinchliffe Mill Junior and Infant School, near Holmfirth, is one of only 20 schools in Kirklees which have 100 or less pupils.
And in recent league tables the school was one of three in Kirklees to achieve 100% in its level four statutory assessment tests (SATs) - the government benchmark.
All 12 year six pupils who took the exam achieved at least a level four in maths, English and science. It gained a top place nationally for the higher level results at level five.
And headteacher Liz Noble said its strong community spirit and caring ethos were beneficial to pupils and teaching staff alike.
She said: "The family ethos of the school is one of its main strengths.
"The children care for each other, the older ones look after the young ones and there is a strong senses of community."
Built in 1879, the school is at the heart of village life.
Until two years ago members of the Horn and Cuttel family had attended since it opened.
Many new families have moved into the area, of course, as more houses have been built in the picturesque Holme Valley, but Liz is quick to point out that old and new families take an equal part in the school.
"It's not just parents dropping off children in their 4x4s and leaving us to it," she said.
She joined the school five years ago and within her first two years there the building underwent a £400,000 refurbishment.
"I like to think the school left the Victorian era and the refurbishment brought us right into the 21st century," she said.
The building got new classrooms, energy efficient heating and lighting, interactive white boards and an impressive ICT suite.
The school's four classes are kept busy throughout the day and after school there are a range of activities, including a choir, gardening and computer clubs and lots of sport, which features strongly at the school despite its limited facilities.
It also has an active School Forum where every child has a voice on the school and how it is run.
Children organise regular fundraising events throughout the year.
The children are a happy and confident group and there have never been any problems when they have undergone the transition from village school life to the much larger Holmfirth High School.
Liz said one minor problem with a village school was obviously if personalities clashed there could be friendship issues.
She said: "We work closely with other schools in the pyramid and have a strong link with the high school.
"As headteacher of a small school, I am privileged to be able to get to know all the children individually and them me and I still am able to teach one day a week, which as a headteacher is lovely."
What children say about how they would improve the school:
* Share your problems - have fun but still be sensible
* Play with other children if they have no-one to play with
* Respect other people's opinions
* Welcome new people - adults and children
* Don't get cross
* Play well together without arguing.
* Be patient and cheerful
* Look after younger children
'Caring ethos is beneficial to pupils and to teachers'