CHILDREN and teachers at a Southampton school are celebrating after being named in the country’s top 3%.

Secretary of state for education, Damian Hinds MP, wrote to head teacher Ursula Clark to congratulate her on “very high progress levels”.

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Results released in December 2017 showed pupils’ progress scores of 4.9 for reading, 4.8 for writing and 3.6 in maths.

And a report from the diocese of Portsmouth published just this week said the Hillcrest Road school was “outstanding”.

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Teachers were told “excellent relationships between all members of the community” led to a “loving and trusting environment” where “all are encouraged and supported to achieve their full potential”.

Now pupils are helping raise cash for a vital Southampton charity. The youngsters went to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton hospital, and are holding a bring-and-buy sale at the school today.

Ms Clark – who has been at the school since 2005 said: “Our children do a lot of charity work, and it tends to be for local charities.

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“They gave presents to 140 residents at local care homes at Christmas. As a school we encourage our children to do a lot of outreach work touching the lives of others through faith, prayers, words and action.

On their successful results she said: “It’s about each child doing the best they can do and about them reaching their potential.”

Last year Ofsted inspectors said the school is “welcoming and inclusive.”

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