£5k Windfall For Healing School Praised By Minister David Laws

Healing School has been awarded £5,000 in recognition of the work they have done to improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. Principal Mark Knapton, centre, celebrates with pupils.

HEALING Science Academy has been awarded £5,000 in recognition of the work it has done to improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.

The school was just one of 11 successful secondary schools in Yorkshire and the Humber in being congratulated by Schools Minister David Laws.

It now means the school has qualified in the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards following key stage four results published last week.

Every school has won at least £5,000 and eligible schools will now be invited to apply for prizes worth up to £250,000.

Final prizes will be awarded at a ceremony hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in March.

School principal Mark Knapton said: "Recognition from the Minister of State that we are, once again, in the top 100 non-selective schools in the country is a significant achievement.

"We've managed this feat consistently in recent years – indeed, independent research by The Guardian newspaper 18 months ago placed us in the top nine non-selective schools in the country – because our focus is on all our pupils.

"The Pupil Premium Award recognises the support we give to our most vulnerable children. Their results, as elsewhere in the school, have been outstanding and I'd like to thank the teaching and support staff, plus their parents and families, for their efforts.

"The award is a bonus and something else we are very proud of. The letter from the minister is welcomed and appreciated."

The Pupil Premium Awards reward schools which are able to provide evidence of effective strategies to improve the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and show sustained improvement in raising their attainment.

The pupil premium is extra funding schools receive for every disadvantaged pupil they teach and is worth £2.5 billion this year alone.

Schools Minister David Laws said: "The pupil premium is building a fairer society with opportunity for everyone.

"I would encourage all of the secondary schools in Yorkshire and the Humber which have received a prize to share their successful approach with other schools so they can learn from their experience.

"I hope all schools will continue to learn from this excellent practice and ensure they are using their pupil premium effectively, so that they, too, may be in the running for a prize in 2016."

Schools across England that are doing the most to help disadvantaged pupils improve their achievements in school may be eligible to win a share of £4 million as part of the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards.

Thousands of pupils in more than 500 schools could benefit from the awards, which recognise schools which are using their pupil premium in innovative and effective ways.

Letter from DFE

Grimsby Telegraph - Thursday 12th February 2015