Kidgate Primary Academy has received a prize and special praise from the Department for Education for their work with improving outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.
Kidgate was one of only 26 schools in the whole East Midlands region to receive a £1,000 prize at the Pupil Premium Awards 2015, in recognition of the fact that they have made, or continue to make, impressive improvements in the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
Kidgate’s Headteacher, Tracey Roberts, said that the award was a pleasant surprise when staff and pupils returned to school earlier this month.
“The award was a shock to us. We had never heard of it, or indeed entered it, and so it was a complete surprise to receive a letter from the Secretary of State when were returned to school in January.
“We haven’t received the money yet, but it will go towards another of our projects to ensure we make learning fun, exciting and accessible to all.”
Mrs Roberts added: “As with all our other children, we ensure our teaching is the best it can be and that no child is left behind, or does not achieve their full potential. Therefore our children receive quality first teaching from every member of the teaching staff in the school, and our aspirations for all our children are as high as they can be.
“We remove barriers to learning and don’t limit our children’s potential. Because of this, and the use of outstanding approaches to teaching and learning, all of our children make outstanding progress, not just those children who are less advantaged, according to the Department for Education.”
Kidgate Primary Academy will now have an opportunity to apply for a larger prize - up to a maximum of £100,000 - to further support their hard work at the school.