A Maryport school has come second in a national word building competition.

Year fives from Maryport Junior School also came top in Cumbria in the first UK competition of the Australian challenge Literacy Planet Word Mania.

The competition involves children having to create words from jumbled letters, similar to Scrabble and Countdown.

The 39 Maryport children came up with an 131,701 words.

Deputy headteacher Alex Moore said the children, aged nine and 10, did the competition at school and at home and won £300 for the school.

She added: "They were very enthusiastic.

"We are going to let them decide how to spend it so I should imagine it will be a trip somewhere."

She said after this year's success the school would definitely enter the competition again next year.