By Belinda Hargreaves
A SCHOOL in Leek has come out tops in the county's league tables for Reading, Writing and Maths.
St Mary's Catholic Academy is the top performing school in Staffordshire for value added progress in Reading, Writing and Maths, Average Point Score and also for the percentage of children achieving Level 5 or above in Reading, Writing and Maths.
The results come after the Year Six pupils did well in their SATS tests.
Headteacher Anne-Marie Cheadle said: "This is fantastic news that we are the top performing school on these aspects out of 365 schools in the county.
"I am extremely proud. The results at St Mary's have always been good but they are particularly good this year in terms of levels five and six.
"These results are testament to parents and staff working together.
"It is also testament to being a part of a multi-academy with high expectations of the children."
Year Six teacher, Hannah Griffiths, said: "I think this is a fantastic achievement for the school. I think we have a great team which works really hard."
Pupil Erin O'Shea, aged ten, said: "I think we have come out top because we have excellent staff and committed children."
Abby Taaffe, aged ten, said: "We have fun lessons here."
Owen Culleton, aged ten, said: "We get lots of fresh air at playtimes with having the outdoor stadium which means we can then really focus in lessons."
Evie Martin, aged ten, said: "Everyone works really hard and we all enjoy the lessons because the teachers make them fun for us."
Abarna Rajendran, aged ten, said: "Our school is so special because we work hard and we try our best."
Louis Hutchinson, aged nine, said: "I think it is good that we have come out top. The teachers work hard to make us understand lessons."
Charlotte Townsend, aged ten, said: "We have great resources in the school some of which have been paid for by fund-raising events by the PTA. I enjoy helping at those events."