David Laws, MP for Yeovil constituency and Minister of State for Schools, has written to Connel Boyle, the Headteacher of Neroche Primary School, to congratulate the entire school on the improvement in their key stage 2 results for disadvantaged pupils who receive pupil premium funding.
The school’s results show that pupils from lower income backgrounds have progressed significantly since 2011 and that attainment levels have improved considerably. In the 2014 SATs tests, Neroche children from disadvantaged backgrounds scored higher than the national average for all pupil groups for a third year running. The School is one of the best in England on this key measure.
The Liberal Democrats’ Pupil Premium policy gives schools extra funding for every disadvantaged pupil, to help them achieve more at school. Primary schools receive an extra £1,300 per eligible pupil and can choose how best to spend that money.
Neroche receives an additional £20,000 in pupil premium funding and spends this money on a wide variety of initiatives designed to increase the attainment levels of pupils. These include funding additional teachers to support extra maths and literacy classes.
Commenting, David Laws said:
‘Everybody at Neroche Primary School should be incredibly proud of these achievements, the School is giving pupils from all backgrounds a fantastic education and a great start in life. It is very difficult to overstate the importance of this success.
‘The Liberal Democrats created the Pupil Premium so that we could tackle the shameful attainment gap which has existed in this country for far too long. It is frankly a disgrace that children’s life chances are still dictated by their family backgrounds.
‘The Pupil Premium gives schools the money they need to help all pupils achieve more, and Neroche Primary School is showing everyone what can be achieved with this extra investment.
Neroche Headteacher Connel Boyle commented:
‘For the School to have received this official recognition from the Government and David Laws for our excellent support for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds has really boosted our teachers’ morale. Our school is an open and inclusive school. We simply do not accept that a child from a poorer background cannot achieve at the highest levels.
‘The funding we receive through the pupil premium is absolutely vital for us to continue delivering the best educational package possible for our children. As a child I was myself in receipt of Free School Meals and had the advantage of attending super schools in a socially disadvantaged area. My own background drives my passion for doing the best possible for all our children.’
Notes to Editors:
- Letter from David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools, to Connel Boyle, Head teacher of Neroche Primary School, dated 26th January is attached.
- For further information please contact Alec Newton in the Office of David Laws MP on 020 7219 8413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.