A primary school has been picked as the best in the whole of the Yorkshire and Humberside region when it comes to pupil progress.
The 190 pupil New Pasture Lane school has been judged one of nine Primary Schools of the Year contenders from across the country for making the best use of its government Pupil Premium funding designed to ensure there is no gap between vulnerable pupils and those who are not.
The awards are run jointly by the Times Educational Supplement, (TES), Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and the Department for Education. Successful finalist schools from nine regions are offered cash prizes of up to £10,000.
“I was shocked to get Nick Clegg’s letter but it is really good for the school and a testament to the hard work of governors and staff,” said headteacher Alison Tadman.
In his letter to the school the deputy prime minister praised its culture of high expectation for all which was reflected in their progress and achievement figures.
For example, latest figures show 94% of all New Pasture Lane pupils achieved their required level 4 skills in maths and English. In the superleague of level 5 47% achieved maths, 59% reading and 47% English, together putting the school in the top 15 in East Yorkshire.
Along with other entrants at primary, secondary and special schools, New Pasture Lane submitted a 500 word letter outlining their use of their Pupil Premium Award funding to achieve high levels of progress for all pupils.
It included information about their small class sizes of around 20 pupils, the school’s breakfast club, a teacher led reading recovery programme, subsidised music tuition which has led to 50% of all pupils being able to play an instrument, the school’s role as part of the Children’s University, and the fact it even has its own radio station. Activities to increase pupil awareness included day trips out, among them an experience day at Humberside Airport.
As one of nine regional winners across England Mrs Tadman and a guest will attend the grand final at Admiralty House, London on July 8 where the overall winners of the first ever Pupil Premium Awards, judged by an independent panel of education experts, will be announced by Nick Glegg.
“I understand I will also meet Nick Clegg, which I am sure will be interesting,” said Mrs Tadman.