A primary school has been praised by deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg for the way it helps pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Kirton Primary School was praised in two letters from the Liberal Democrat leader for the way it uses the Pupil Premium – extra cash given by the Government to help schools boost the performance of its poorer and less able pupils.
The school got an estimated £57,000 from the Pupil Premium in 2012 and used it for extra tuition, language and phonics programmes and to enhance learning through extra technology and trips and visitor activities.
The school was put forward for the Pupil Premium Awards and got a special commendation as one of the best primary schools entered in the East Midlands.
In two letters, Mr Clegg said the commendation was a ‘wonderful testimony’ to the staff and added: “I hope that you and your colleagues will all be very pleased and rightly proud with this news.
“Please accept my warmest congratulations and heartfelt thanks to everyone who has played their part in this splended achievement.”
Head teacher Nicky Donley spoke of her delight at the letters and said: “They celebrate our continuing success in progress made by children in receipt of the Pupil Premium.
“It has been fabulous for the staff, governors and children to receive national recognition and to be described as one of ‘the top performing schools in England for boosting the performance of disadvantage children’.
“It is a testament to everyone’s hard work and commitment to our pupils.”
The Pupil Premium is a flagship Liberal Democrat policy and will provide £900 per pupil covered this year.