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'There are many ways of being smart' - School's inspirational exam results letter to 11-year-old students

Assistant head Amy Birkett speaks to Good Morning Britain after her letter, right, went viral. Credit: Good Morning Britain / Barrowford Primary School

A school in Lancashire has won praise from parents and teachers around the country thanks to a letter sent to students which reminded them: "There are many ways of being smart".

Barrowford Primary School send the message to 11-year-old pupils to accompany their Key Stage Two results.

It began by congratulating the students for the hard work put into their exams but said teachers were "concerned" that the test results did not tell the whole story.

A photograph of the letter spread across Britain earlier this week, receiving tens of thousands of retweets on Twitter.

Please find enclosed your end of KS2 test results. We are very proud of you as you demonstrated huge amounts of commitment and tried your very best during this tricky week.

However, we are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique.

The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you -- the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do.

They do not know that many of you speak two languages. They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture.

They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day.

They do not know that you can write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you can take care of your little brother or sister after school.

They do not know that you have travelled to a really neat place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends.

They do mot know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best... the scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.

So enjoy your results and be very proud of these but remember there are many ways of being smart.

– Barrowford Primary School

Amy Birkett, assistant head teacher at the school, told Good Morning Britain: "This letter went out in the context of our best results yet.

"We tell our children all the time that it's really important to achieve and we work in an ethos where it's really positive to struggle and where it's really positive to be determined and positive about our learning.

"This is what we say all the time to our children. They worked so hard during that week in May but it's also about everything they've done in the whole seven years of being at our school as well."

It later emerged that much of the school's letter had been copied from an American blog post written in October 2013.

Many of the same phrases appeared word-for-word in Kimberly Hurd's article entitled A Day At The Park, Multiple Intelligences:

There are many more ways to be smart than what many schools are currently allowing.

The current testing culture personally drives me absolutely crazy. It does not tell students that they matter. It does not reflect their true genius.

Tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each student special and unique.

The people who create these tests and score them do not know each student the way I do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way the families do.

They do not know that some of my students speak two languages or more. They do not know that they can play a musical instrument or that they can dance or paint a picture.

– Kimberly Hurd Horst

Amy Birkett acknowledged that the US blog had been the inspiration for her letter and said the school had since put a link to the article on their website.