Sheffield school wins £100,000 for raising attainment of disadvantaged students

Broadcaster Nina Hossain, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Handsworth Grange headteacher Anne Quaile and Schools Minister David Laws at the Pupil Premium Awards
Broadcaster Nina Hossain, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Handsworth Grange headteacher Anne Quaile and Schools Minister David Laws at the Pupil Premium Awards
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A secondary school in Sheffield has been awarded £100,000 in recognition of the work they have done to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

Handsworth Grange Community Sports College won the cash boost in the Pupil Premium Awards.

Schools Minister David Laws presents the Pupil Premium Award award to representatives from Tinsley Meadows Primary

Schools Minister David Laws presents the Pupil Premium Award award to representatives from Tinsley Meadows Primary

The school was a national finalist in the secondary school category and is among four in South Yorkshire to win funding at the awards, hosted by Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg.

Lacewood Primary School, Barnsley, won £50,000, Warmsworth Primary School, Doncaster, £25,000 and Tinsley Meadows Primary School £5,000.

Handsworth Grange deputy Bev Matthews said: “It is a great accolade to be awarded such a prestigious prize for the work we do to support the attainment and progress of pupils.

“We are thrilled to have been awarded a £100,000 cash prize.

“We were a little disappointed to miss out on the first prize of £250,000 because we think the work we have done is outstanding and the children and staff work really hard and we get great support from parents and carers.

“The money will be spent on further improving the quality of provision to ensure that all pupils, no matter what their background or circumstance, achieve their full potential.

“The school thanks the staff and pupils for their continued hard work and parents and carers for their continued support.”

The awards ceremony rewarded and recognised schools doing the most to raise attainment and close the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers and to showcase examples of the most effective practice which others can learn from.

Schools Minister David Laws MP said: “The Pupil Premium Awards will raise aspirations by identifying the most innovative and effective use of the pupil premium in raising attainment.

“I hope all schools will learn from these excellent examples.”