Staff were delighted after their school was given a £1,000 award in recognition of work carried out to give disadvantaged children a boost .
Langley Green Primary School received the news of the Pupil Premium Award in a letter from David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools, shortly before Christmas.
Headteacher Allison Wallis said: “All staff and governors were delighted to receive this award as, for the past few years, we have consistently exceeded the national figures.”
She added: “The award was given for being one of the most improved schools in the country in terms of attainment and progress of our disadvantaged pupils since 2011.
“This was based on annual performance data for this group of children.”
Announcing the award to Mrs Wallis, Mr Laws wrote: “It is clear that you and your staff have provided your disadvantaged pupils with a good start in life and prepared them well for secondary school.
“I would like to congratulate your staff, governors, parents and pupils for their hard work and success and thank you for your leadership in making such a difference to the future success of your pupils.”
Disadvantaged pupils include those who may have had a more challenging start to life.
Schools receive additional funding for such children to help them close any educational gap which may have opened up between themselves and their peers.
When it came to Langley Green, Mrs Wallis said such funding was used in a variety of ways, such as giving individual support to pupils, providing additional resources and teaching assistants.
And she said every pupil in the school would benefit from the unexpected £1,000 windfall, which would go towards buying maths resources for use by all.
Langley Green was rated ‘good’ in its last Ofsted inspection, with praise going to the ability of its teachers and the progress being made by children.
The praise was certainly not misplaced and Mrs Wallis had no doubt where the credit lay when it came to the continued success of the disadvantaged children.
She said: “We feel the success for these children is down to the quality first teaching that they receive at our school.
“Our rigorous assessment process ensures that no child slips through the net and, as a result, everyone at our school makes good progress.”
Unfortunately for Langley Green, the school was not eligible to apply for the £100,000 national award, which was based on pupil numbers.