Results Earn Ministerial Praise

Year 11 cup winners at the prize-giving ceremony, some of whom contributed to the pupil premium award.

Last Year's cohort at the Year 11 Aim Higher award ceremony, some of whom contributed to the pupil premium award.

High achievement with its disadvantaged pupils has won a Healing School ministerial praise.

Healing School is one of only six secondaries in Yorkshire and Humber to win a local Pupil Premium Award from the Department for Education and the only one in the region to have received the award for the second successive year.

Every school receives Pupil Premium money to direct at disadvantaged pupils; those eligible for school meals at any time during the last six years and looked after children in the local authority care.

Last summer, 64% of disadvantaged pupils at Healing achieved five A* to C including maths and English. The national average for all pupils was 57% and the local 52%.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education Sam Gyimah MP has written to Principal Mark Knapton inviting Healing School to enter for a national award.

He said: "The reason you have been selected is that you are one of the high achieving schools in the country in terms of attainment and value added progress of disadvantaged pupils since 2012.

"Also, an above average percentage of your disadvantaged pupils achieved the Ebacc (A* to C at GCSE in English, Maths, science, a foreign language and a humanities subject) in 2015."

Mr Gyimah goes on: "It is clear that you and your staff have provided your disadvantaged pupils with a good start in life and prepared them well for further study, training or employment.

"I would like to congratulate your governors, parents and pupils for their hard work and success and thank you for your leadership in making such a difference to the future success of your pupils."

Mr Knapton was delighted with the recognition.

"The award reinforces our ethos that every child here matters, no matter what their background or circumstances," said Mr Knapton.

"However, while the award is nice, the real reward is the satisfaction and pride that comes from knowing our work with our disadvantaged students is paying off and giving them a great start in life."

Healing School - February 29th 2016