TEACHERS and pupils at a Stanley school have achieved their best-ever Government test results.

Stanley School of Technology's Year Nine Sats results, showed a 'significant improvement,' according to headmaster David Grigg.

In English, 57 per cent of pupils reached National Curriculum level 5 or above, maths results showed 48 per cent of students reached level 5 or above and science results showed 47 per cent of pupils made the grade.

Mr Grigg said: "These results confirm that we are a rapidly improving school. We predicted that this improvement would happen and much credit must go to the students who have worked so very hard.

"Credit must also go to the staff who prepared the students for these Sats and to the parents who supported their children so well. I am also confident that next year's results will be even better."

l One of the school's pupils has been chosen to receive the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Award, for his outstanding contribution to the school.

Greg Woolcock was chosen because of his work in the field of karate. Greg has studied karate since his was five and has represented his country many times in the succeeding 11 years.

Study support co-ordinator at the school Lee Elliot said: "When I was asked to nominate someone from our school, one person came straight to mind. Greg has shown a tremendous amount of dedication over the years and acts as a good role model for younger pupils."