A BRADFORD school has been named among the top schools in the country.

Marshfield Primary School, on Thornton Lane, secured a position in the top two per cent of primary schools in the UK out of 20,806 schools, according to a commendation received from the Minister for Schools, Damian Hinds.

In a formal letter addressed to headteacher Zara Kearns, Minister Hinds congratulated pupils and staff for their outstanding progress and achievements in Key Stage 2 assessments.

Minster Hinds wrote: “I would like to congratulate you, your staff, and your pupils on the very high progress that pupils in your school demonstrated in the reading, writing and mathematics Key Stage 2 assessment last year.

“Your school’s results, as published on December 14, show that 91 per cent of your pupils reached or exceeded the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2.

“This means that for achievement in reading, writing and mathematics, Marshfield Primary is in the top two per cent of primary schools in the country.”

The Minister also said: “In terms of progress your pupils make between Key Stage 1 and the end of Key Stage 2, your school is amongst the top five per cent of primary schools in the country”.

The Minister acknowledged Marshfield's commitment to driving higher academic standards, applauding the collective efforts that have resulted in this recognition.

He said: "Your work in continuing the drive towards higher academic standards is commendable, and congratulations again to you and your staff for your commitment and success."

Headteacher Zara Kearns shared her delight about the prestigious acknowledgment, saying: "We are absolutely thrilled to receive such a commendation from the Minister for Schools.

"This achievement, placing us in the top two per cent out of 20,806 schools in the UK, is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our incredible pupils and staff.

“We are committed to providing a nurturing and challenging academic environment, and it's heartening to see our efforts recognised at the national level.

"We will continue to strive for excellence for all in education and ensure that every child at Marshfield Primary School reaches their full potential."

She added: “Marshfield Primary School remains steadfast in its mission to provide quality education, foster a love for learning, and empower students for a successful future.

“The recognition from Minister Damian Hinds serves as a source of inspiration for the entire school community and reinforces the commitment to maintaining and exceeding the highest academic standards.”