Pupil achievement earns school £50k

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 April 2015

Headteacher Adam Matthews with pupils from the student council.

Headteacher Adam Matthews with pupils from the student council.

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A WESTON school has been awarded £50,000 to recognise its work in raising the attainment of its disadvantaged pupils.

Bournville Primary School has been given the pupil premium funding by the Government’s Department for Education.

The school, which is based in Selworthy Road, became a finalist at the Pupil Premium Awards in recognition of its work supporting pupils in key stage two.

Pupil premium is additional funding given to schools to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

Bournville is among the top 40 schools in the country in terms of progress made between key stage one and the end of key stage two.

Earlier this year, figures released by the Department for Education showed the progress of Bournville’s disadvantaged pupils improved from 59 per cent achieving three level four scores in 2012, 72 per cent in 2013 and 83 per cent in 2014.

It was one of four schools in North Somerset where every pupil made their expected progress in reading, writing and maths.

Bournville was the top school in North Somerset for ‘value added’, which is progress from key stage one to key stage two.

The school was presented with the award by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Schools Minister David Laws.

Mr Laws said: “I am proud to congratulate the winners of this year’s Pupil Premium Awards, which recognise and reward our excellent schools and teachers who are making a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged pupils.

“The Pupil Premium Awards will raise aspirations by identifying the most innovative and effective use of the pupil premium in raising attainment.

“I hope all schools will learn from these excellent examples.”

Bournville received £1,000 when it was first shortlisted, and headteacher Adam Matthews said: “I am delighted that the school’s wonderful work has been recognised by the minister.

“We are all very proud of our children’s attitude to learning and their achievement.”

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