Staff and children celebrate their recent achievement. Picture: Tony Jones

Staff and pupils at a Downham Market school are celebrating after they were sent a surprise letter from a government minister congratulating them on their progress.

The letter from MP Nick Gibb, minister for state school standards, arrived on Monday.

It stated results from Key Stage Two tests published in December, revealed the children had made a very high level of progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

“This means that your school is amongst the top two per cent of schools in England in terms of progress your pupils make between Key Stage One and the end of Key Stage Two,” the MP said in a letter to principal Sarah Wilson.

He added: “Thank you for your hard work and professionalism in producing such high standards and congratulations again to you and your staff for all you have achieved.”

Mrs Wilson, who has worked at the school of 410 pupils for eight years, and has been principal since 2016, said she was absolutely delighted to receive the letter.

She said: “We shared the information with the parents when we received the letter, we got some overwhelming feedback from them. They are a part of the journey and it’s a partnership.

“The team at the Nelson Academy work so hard to ensure the very best outcomes for our children.”