Primary wins cash premium

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A WIGAN primary school has been awarded £1,000 from the Department of Education.

Garswood Primary School is one of 430 primary schools nationally to receive the awarded as part of qualifying for the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards.

It follows key stage two results published which show 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 hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in March next year.

Headteacher Pamela Potter said: “All children at Garswood Primary are given the best possible start to their education and we are so pleased with the excellent academic standards achieved.

“This award gives recognition for the hard work, passion and commitment of the staff, governors, pupils and families.”

Garswood Primary intends to invest the award money to further enhance their quality provision and opportunities.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Sue Murphy said: “This is fabulous news.

“All schools across St Helens are doing their very best to help disadvantaged pupils, but I hope this award will act as an inspiration to all to push on to ensure these needs are met, for the early learning stages of a child’s life is crucial to their development.”

Recent Ofsted figures showed the borough’s primaries are among the best in the region, with many being hailed as outstanding by inspectors.