Harrogate school awarded £5,000 for work with disadvantaged students

Rossett chair of governors Phil Kilford congratulates headteacher Helen Woodcock on being awarded a �5,000 grant in recognition of the excellent progress achieved by students. (S)
Rossett chair of governors Phil Kilford congratulates headteacher Helen Woodcock on being awarded a �5,000 grant in recognition of the excellent progress achieved by students. (S)
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A grant of £5,000 has been awarded to Rossett School for its success in helping disadvantaged students reach their potential.

The school is one of just 11 in Yorkshire and the Humber, and 140 in the UK, to get an award recognising the quality of its teaching and monitoring and overall impressive progress among its students.

Headteacher Helen Woodcock said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been recognised by the government in this way.

“Encouraging and enabling all our students to reach their potential is a core part of life at Rossett. Whatever their background, we believe in finding ways to help our students to make exceptional progress during their time with us, putting them in the best possible position to go on to achieve success in the future.

“We do this without any thought of recognition other than the satisfaction of seeing students progress with their abilities and achievements, growing in confidence every day. However, to have our work highlighted and rewarded by the government is a fantastic and unexpected bonus.”

Minister of State for Schools David Laws congratulated Rossett, which has now qualified for the 2015 pupil premium awards.

All eligible schools, receiving at least £5,000 at this stage, will now be invited to apply for prizes worth up to £250,000, and final prizes will be awarded by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in March 2015.

Schools doing the most to support disadvantaged students raise their attainment and maintain improvement could win a share of £4m in prize money as part of the 2015 awards, where more than 500 schools could benefit.

Rossett’s chair of governors Phil Kilford said: “Rossett has an excellent reputation for enabling students to reach their potential, no matter what their background, and this award from the government shows that is very much justified.

“I would like to thank Helen and her staff for their hard work in supporting and encouraging all Rossett students. Most importantly, I want to congratulate our students on their outstanding progress, which has now been recognised by the Department for Education.”

The pupil premium is extra funding schools receive for every disadvantaged pupil they teach and is worth £2.5bn this year alone.