STAFF and pupils at two north Wiltshire schools are celebrating after taking the top spots in the county’s latest league tables.

Ashton Keynes C of E Primary School and Minety C of E Primary School were ranked first and second for their pupils overall performance at the end of key stage two in 2017.

The figures, which have been compiled by the government and are separate to Ofsted reports, refer to the improvements in attainment made by pupils from when they were assessed at the end of key stage one.

This means that, over the last four years, pupils finishing year six this year at Ashton Keynes and Minety primary schools have improved more than their counterparts in 235 other schools across Wiltshire.

Samantha Saville, headteacher of Ashton Keynes Primary School, which took top spot, said: “This has been an incredible year for our school.

“It started with being judged as an outstanding Church of England school in our SIAMS inspection in May which was further clarified by receiving the Church School Partnership award from Bristol Diocese.

“Just before the Summer, we had a successful OFSTED inspection where we were a whisker away from outstanding.

“However, all of these achievements have been further recognised by being ranked first in Wiltshire out of 237 schools for our overall performance in 2017.

“This is an incredible achievement for our school and I believe it is down to high aspirations, high quality teaching and learning and the wonderful opportunities our children have to learn, grow and be inspired during their time with us.

“Everyone at our school is determined to do their best. I would like to take this opportunity to praise all the staff, our wonderful children and everyone in the community involved with the school.”

Fewer than four miles away, Minety Primary School took second place in the rankings.

Headteacher Sally Greaves said: “We have an amazing team here, our teachers put every effort in to know the children and do their very best for each individual.

“A huge thanks to all the pupils because we know how hard they have to work, and at such speed within those tests, and it’s really quite demanding when they are 11.

“The standards have gone up terrifically in the last few years, we’re really delighted and proud of them”.