A SCHOOL in Taunton has been specially recognised by government ministers for being in the top one cent in for maths results in England.

Thurlbear School received the letter from Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, and Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, earlier this month.

The letter praised headteacher Steve Gillan for the school's hard work in achieving such high results in its key stage two mathematics examinations last year.

The letter reads: "We would like to congratulate you, your staff and your pupils on the very high standard of achievement demonstrated in the mathematics key stage two assessments last year.

"Your school's results, as published on December 13, show that 100 per cent of your ppupils reached or exceeded the expected standard in mathematics at the end of key stage two.

"This means that for achievement in mathematics, your school is in the top one per cent of primary schools in England.

"We want to equip every child with the fluency in mathematics necessary to prepare them for a successful secondary education and beyond, and your school has provided this to all your pupils.

"Thank you for producing such high standards through your hard work and professionalism."

Mr Gillan said: "As headteacher, I am obviously very proud of the achievement.

"It reflects the hard work teachers, pupils and the whole school community does on a daily basis."