Schoolchildren and staff at Layton Primary School have capped a top year with a letter of congratulations straight from the top.
The Government’s schools minister David Laws wrote to the school after its results in tests for 11-year-olds placed it in the top 250 nationally for improving progress for disadvantaged children.
The letter, received on the last day of term, caps a stellar year for the school on Meyler Avenue after it was rated good by Ofsted inspectors and saw its best ever SAT results.
Headteacher Jonathan Clucas said: “I’m incredibly proud of the work of the whole school community.
“We treat all pupils equally and we have high expectations of all pupils regardless of background. We set the same goals and we have the right curriculum.
“All children have a huge amount of potential whether they are disadvantaged or not.”
The school ranked highly for the highest achievement among disadvantaged children in terms of both attainment and their progress between ages seven and 11.
Mr Laws said: “This school has shown that deprivation does not determine a pupil’s destiny.
“The teachers, pupils and governors deserve to be congratulated for their work and I hope other schools learn from their achievements so all children receive an excellent education.”
Around 35 per cent of children at the school are on free school meals, the marker for disadvantaged pupils in this rating, which is above the average for Blackpool schools and well above the national average.
All schools are given extra funding, called pupil premium, for these children – this funding is set to rise to £1,300 from next year.
Mr Clucas added: “We’ve put that money into extra support for all classes and if you match that with the redesigned curriculum, high expectations and great teaching then all pupils will make accelerated progress.”
The headteacher, who moved to the school in May 2012, said while the praise was great his staff work for the pupil’s rather than accolades.
He said: “For me it’s about the pupils, they’ve achieved extremely well and now we know we’re doing something that works really well. We’re hoping to continue this for many years.”