A PROUD primary school has been singled out for praise by the Government – and it’s come from the very top.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has given Norbreck Primary Academy a glowing review, saying it is among the top performing schools in the country for the way in which it spends pupil premium.
Pupil premium is money allocated to schools to be spent on disadvantaged children to ensure they can access education and are up to the same levels as others. And Headteacher Karen McCarter said staff at the school on Norbreck Road were delighted to receive the recognition after they got the letter of praise from the deputy PM.
She said: “We’re very pleased about it but we know we work hard for all our children. At Norbreck, our motto is ‘whatever we do, we do it well’.”
In the letter Mr Clegg wrote: “This is a real testament to the hard work of staff, pupils, parents and governors.
“I would like to congratulate you on your results and your proven commitment to make sure all children can succeed, whatever their background.”
The school could now be in the running to win thousands of pounds for its work through the 2013 Pupil Premium Awards, which top schools are entered into.
Cash up to £10,000 is given to schools adjudged to have done the most to boost achievement through the premium cash. Mrs McCarter added: “We’ve been working this way for three years and we’re getting more proficient at it.
“We’ve come up with creative ways too. It doesn’t necessarily cost money to find ways to meet children’s needs, to work hard and improve performance.”
The money is spent on ideas such as one-to-one work, booster classes or targeted work with other children.
One of the most successful schemes the schools uses is peer-to-peer work, with older children working with younger ones to inspire the younger ones in a certain subject and boost the confidence of the older ones too.”
Mrs McCarter added: “It’s about inspiring children as well.”
PUPIL PREMIUM FACTS
The pupil premium is funding given to schools to support disadvantaged pupils who receive free school meals or who have been in care for six months or more. Schools are given around £900 per pupil. Awards of up to £10,000 will be given to schools which do the most.