School Wins Major Prize

Principal Mr Knapton, Healing School's Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator Sue Pearson (left) and KS4 Learning Mentor Teresa Bolton with the award they picked up in London.

High achievement with its disadvantaged pupils won a North East Lincolnshire school a coveted prize.

Healing School picked up the Yorkshire and Humber regional prize in the Pupil Premium Award finals, held in London and organised by the Department for Education.

Principal Mark Knapton attended the prestigious ceremony in Drapers Hall following an invitation from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education Sam Gyimah MP.

Mr Gyimah said: "Your school excels in educating disadvantaged pupils and improving their outcomes.

"It is an extraordinary achievement. It is clear that you, your staff and governors are equipping your disadvantaged pupils with the skills for future success."

Mr Knapton was delighted their hard work had been recognised.

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%.

"It was a proud moment to pick up the award," said Mr Knapton.

"The Department for Education, quite rightly, puts huge emphasis on Pupil Premium money and wants to ensure the additional funds are making a difference.

"Not only can we demonstrate how we're using the money, but the results show what we are doing is having a huge impact on the life chances of the young people affected.

"That gives me an enormous amount of pride and is a tribute to the team here who work tirelessly to ensure that disadvantaged pupils are given the support they need. Every child matters here, regardless of their background and circumstances."

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.

Healing School - May 17th 2016

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