Five primary schools in Nottingham have each won £1,000 for the work they’ve done to help disadvantaged children achieve their goals.

430 primary schools nationwide have been given the money for their improvements as part of the Pupil Premium Awards 2015

The schools in Nottingham who have won the prize are:

  • Carrington Primary and Nursery School
  • Glapton Primary and Nursery School (The Glapton Academy)
  • Haydn Primary School
  • St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School
  • St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School

They’ve been given the prize following the Key Stage 2 results published last week. Their results showed that they have made or continue to make impressive improvements in the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. Every school has won £1,000 and eligible schools will now be invited to apply for the prizes worth up to £100,000. Final prizes will be awarded at a ceremony in March next year.

The Pupil Premium Awards reward schools that are able to provide evidence of effective plans to improve the achievements of disadvantaged pupils and show continued improvement in raising their goals.

Schools across England that are doing the most to help disadvantaged pupils improve their achievements in school may be eligible to win a share of £4 million as part of the 2015 and 2016 Pupil Premium Awards. Thousands of pupils in more than 500 schools could benefit from the awards, which recognise schools which are using their Pupil Premium in innovative and effective ways.

A further £4 million prize money will also be awarded in the 2016 awards, and schools are being encouraged to act now to review what they are doing in their school and ensure they are using the pupil premium effectively.

Head Teacher at Carrington Primary and Nursery School Ms Chris Skeats said: “We are very proud and pleased to be rewarded for our work with pupil premium children. Carrington is a very diverse school, with children from a wide range of ethnic and social backgrounds. Our staff are committed to going that extra mile to ensure all pupils receive the support and encouragement they need to meet their potential, we are delighted that this has been recognised and rewarded.”

Executive Assistant for Schools Councillor Sam Webster said: “It’s fantastic that these schools have been recognised and awarded for their hard work. To be included in just a handful of schools chosen from across the country is proof that the dedication and drive of teachers in our schools can help to change young lives.”

Headteacher at The Glapton Academy Ruth Ellis said: “At Glapton we believe every child has the right to be encouraged to work hard and to have the drive to aim high. We know that if we get it right here we can help change children’s lives.

“Our goal is for our children to leave us and go to secondary school with all the skills in place to thrive and do well. We use the Pupil Premium funding to ensure we do this and this award fantastic recognition of this and testament to the hard work from all our staff, pupils and families.”