South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College has been shortlisted for a prestigious educational award - the National Pupil Premium Award for 2017.
Having previously been selected as the regional winner and national finalist in 2014, South Hunsley has once again been selected for its effective use of additional government funding that all schools receive to improve the achievement and life chances of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The national winner will be announced at a ceremony at the House of Commons later this month.
Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to schools to support specific groups of students to raise achievement and improve education outcomes. These students are from families who are eligible for free school meals, looked after children and those students with parents in the armed forces. Funding is provided to make sure these groups of students have the same educational chances as other groups of students.
The school has used its funding to implement a number of schemes to help all students to achieve their full potential whilst also specifically supporting students identified for pupil premium support. Pupil premium funding has been used to improve attendance, to introduce literacy and numeracy programmes, set up holiday and after school booster sessions and to offer peer to peer reading registrations and numeracy mentoring. Personalised timetables, speech and language therapy, social skills groups and mentoring for students with low self-esteem have also contributed to narrowing the gaps in student achievement at South Hunsley.
Executive Principal, Jonny Uttley said: “We are very pleased to reach the national final for this award. Pupil Premium funding is crucial in supporting the academic performance of groups of young people who do less well than their peers nationally. Our aim is for all students to make outstanding progress regardless of background and this award is testament to the hard work of our students and staff.”
The Pupil Premium Awards recognise Primary, Secondary and Special Schools up and down the country who have helped raise the achievement of all students. South Hunsley was selected by a panel made up of outstanding head teachers, including formers award winners, and education expert Andreas Schleicher, Director of Education and Skills at the OECD Foundation.