LEAGUE tables out today revealed the rankings for GCSE results for high schools across Kirklees.
And for staff and students at one Huddersfield school there were extra reasons to celebrate.
King James's School at Almondbury is one of only two schools in Kirklees who are named as the most improved state schools nationally according to the proportion of pupils who have gained five GCSE grades A* to C.
The news came at the same time as another survey revealed A-level students across Kirklees were celebrating the best results in the UK.
Heckmondwike Grammar School topped the Kirklees table with a 100% record.
Huddersfield Grammar School and Batley Grammar School filled second and third slots.
The top-performing high school was Honley High.
King James's headteacher Robert Lamb said a "personalised approach" - mooted this week by the government as one of its flagship education policies of the future - was the key to students success.
He added: "We monitor students' progress very closely and as soon as we see them falling below certain standards we immediately put measures in place to get them back on track.
"We concentrate on each individual student and give them lots of support to ensure they achieve their potential."
Mr Lamb, who has been head at the 815-strong school for four years said boys in particular had achieved much higher than predicted grades in last year's exams.
He said extra lessons after school and holiday clubs had all boosted achievement.
"I am delighted for all the children who have worked so hard and the dedicated and hard working staff who have helped them fulfil their potential," he said.
Since 2003, the school's percentage of pupils achieving at least five grades A* to C at GCSE has risen from 33% to 53%.
The national rise is from 42% to 45%.
Brighouse High has also shown consistent improvement, to 55%.
Fartown High School and Birkdale High School, Dewsbury, are both named in the bottom 200 state schools for the percentage of pupils gaining five grade A* to Cs at 16 and 13%.
The Kirklees results put the council in the middle of the league tables for education authorities across the country.
Schools minister Jim Knight said: "I congratulate pupils, teachers and parents on their achievements.
"I am especially pleased to see more young people than ever leaving school with good GCSE passes in English and maths.
"We are determined that every young person should be equipped for life with the basics.
"Introducing these subjects into achievement and attainment tables reflects the importance we put on them.
"But we are not complacent and recognise there is a still a long way to go until every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
"Our pilot programmes will stretch the most able pupils and build on the targeted support for pupils that have fallen behind with literacy and numeracy skills at Key Stage two and three.
"We are also determined to improve the performance of boys, particularly in GCSE English, and to reverse the decline in take-up for modern foreign languages."