Rossett School in Harrogate received a grant award in recognition of its helping disadvantaged students attain good results.
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Head teacher Helen Woodcock could not hide her joy when she received a grant of £5,000 on behalf of her school for helping disadvantaged students attain their best results.
Rossett School is among the 140 schools in the UK that have been recognised for their quality of teaching and monitoring. The school is part of the 11 that were presented with the award in Yorkshire.
“We’re absolutely delighted to have been recognised by the government in this way,” said Ms Woodcock when she received the award at a presentation.
The recognition automatically qualifies Rossett School for the 2015 pupil premium awards.
“Encouraging and enabling all our students to reach their potential is a core part of life at Rossett. Whatever their background, we believe in finding ways to help our students to make exceptional progress during their time with us, putting them in the best possible position to go on to achieve success in the future,” Ms Woodcock said, and added, “We do this without any thought of recognition other than the satisfaction of seeing students progress with their abilities and achievements, growing in confidence every day. However, to have our work highlighted and rewarded by the government is a fantastic and unexpected bonus.”
The school for congratulated by the Mr David Laws, the Minister of State for Schools. Mr Laws said he was very impressed by the results achieved by school and the necessary steps it had put in place to assist and monitor the performance and progress of disadvantaged students.
Mr Laws also indicated that all the eligible schools that had received at least £5,000 would be encouraged to apply for prizes upwards of £250,000. He said that the prizes would be presented in March 2015 by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
About £4m in prize money has been set aside for school that showed their support for disadvantaged students which improved their attainment and maintained the improvement. There are more than 500 schools that have been identified for this benefit.
Chair of governors of Rossett School, Phil Kilford was visibly delighted by government’s recognition of the school’s achievements in helping disadvantaged students reach their goals.
“Rossett has an excellent reputation for enabling students to reach their potential, no matter what their background, and this award from the government shows that is very much justified,” he said.
This year’s pupil premium is worth £2.5bn. The pupil premium is extra funding schools receive for every disadvantaged pupil they teach.
In appreciating the school’s service, Mr Kilford, “I would like to thank Helen and her staff for their hard work in supporting and encouraging all Rossett students. Most importantly, I want to congratulate our students on their outstanding progress, which has now been recognised by the Department for Education.”