St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy in Glossop has received an award for its work improving outcomes for disadvantaged students.
The school has received the Pupil Premium Award from the Achievement for All organisation, which works with schools across the country to improve outcomes for all pupils.
The award recognises St Philip Howard’s work to narrow the gap in education between Pupil Premium (PP) – disadvantaged students – and non-Pupil Premium pupils.
A curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of PP pupils, meetings have been held with families to engage with parents and a member of staff is responsible for overseeing the work done with PP pupils.
The school has been working with a pilot group of 35 students and following the success of the two-year programme the plan is to roll the initiative out to even more pupils and become a leading school in this area.
Mike Kays, deputy headteacher at St Philip Howard, said everyone was pleased to see their efforts recognised with an award. He said: “We worked with Achievement for All to raise outcomes for Pupil Premium pupils, improve their personal development, behaviour and aspirations and increase parental engagement.
“We have met 12 times over a year to monitor the impact and we have had to prove we have made massive improvements in all the above areas.
“We have seen massive improvements in the PP pupils we have worked with, in some cases we have seen them improve by a whole grade in their GCSEs.
“We are delighted with this achievement and it is recognition for all the hard work the school has put into increasing outcome and opportunities. We are continuing to work with Achievement for All around achieving more and we hope to become a leading school over the course of the next programme.”
Louisa Morris, headteacher at St Philip Howard, said: “We are delighted with the award, which recognises the huge effort that has gone into improving the whole of the academy.”
Picture: Mike Kays with the award.