IT was trophy time at Hill of Beath PS as the school celebrated being one of the best in Scotland.

It was revealed in January that the local primary was recognised as being the eighth best in all of the country.

The ranking, based on the percentage of P7 pupils who have met Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence required standards across the core skills, may have been announced earlier this year, but a celebration could only be held recently.

Pupils and staff recently gathered in the school's assembly hall for the first time in many months for this "extra special event".

The school’s parent council organised a celebratory cake and special trophy to mark the occasion.

While the cake didn’t last long, the trophy is now proudly displayed in the school’s foyer to, "remind everyone of this success and to inspire them to even greater success in the future", the school says.

Grateful thanks went out to Fiona Young, director, from John Young Signs in Woodend Industrial Estate in Cowdenbeath, who added their own surprise to the occasion by turning down the parent council's request for a small trophy and offering instead to donate a bigger, better trophy as their own gesture to recognise this massive achievement by one of their local schools.

Maureen Lewis, headteacher, said: "This was an amazing result for our small school, and I couldn’t be prouder of everyone who worked so hard to achieve this.

"Our school motto is: ‘Onwards and upwards’, and we are always looking for new opportunities to help our pupils learn and flourish.

"Who knows what successes lie ahead."