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HECKMONDWIKE Grammar School has been named the fourth best state secondary school in Yorkshire.

The Sunday Times has also named the school 103rd best state secondary school in the whole of the UK, up from 178th last year.

The results are put together using exam results.

Heckmondwike Grammar School’s 2011 A-level results of 68.7 per cent A* to B grades and 65.1 per cent A* or A grades at GCSE secured its place.

Headteacher Mike Cook said: “I’m naturally very pleased to hear that the school has once again been ranked so highly. Many different performance tables are compiled and they vary a lot in the combination of criteria they use, so must always be viewed with caution, and parents should always take a range of factors into account when choosing schools.

“However we are exceedingly proud of our students’ achievements, which mean that they leave us with a wide range of opportunities and choices for the future.”