PUPILS across Cheshire have shot their schools to the top of the class after they were named in the top 200 list of schools in England.

Schools’ Key Stage 2 SATs results were recorded across English, maths and science, and eight made it into the elite group, recording 100% in all three core subjects.

Kelsall Primary earned local bragging rights as their position of 17th nationally confirmed the school as the highest achievers in Cheshire West and Chester.

Kelsall headteacher Steve Williams said: “We are delighted that these results support the tremendous achievements of the children during their time here at Kelsall School.

“Their learning journey has been enriched by the innovative and creative approaches to learning and teaching provided by the Kelsall Team and the strong partnerships that exist with parents and governors within our local and wider communities.”

Kelsall was joined in achieving a perfect set of results by Helsby Hillside Primary, near Frodsham, Tattenhall Park Primary, St Mary of the Angels in Ellesmere Port, Mickle Trafford Village School, Childer Thornton in Ellesmere Port, Whitegate Primary and Eaton Primary near Tarporley.

Eaton Village School headteacher Darryl Pickering said: “Our KS2 SATs results for 2009 were absolutely fantastic.

“The work that the children and staff have put into achieving such high academic standards cannot be overstated.

“I am immensely proud of everyone who has helped make our school a special place.

“I would like to say thank you also to the parents, governors and the local authority who have all played their part in our success.”

School league tables are open to interpretation and a comparison with last year’s results would show that Mickle Trafford had made the greatest improvement locally.

Of Cheshire West and Chester’s 3,700 primary and junior schoolchildren who sat the tests, all achieved higher than the national average.

Education and children executive member Cllr Arthur Harada said: “I would also like to congratulate those schools who are included in the top 200 of schools nationwide.

“This is a wonderful achievement and one we are justly proud of.”