Summer Newsletter 2016 - page 5

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Pupil
Premium
Awards
We are delighted to announce
that we have been judged as
one of the 9 National Finalists
and the South West Regional
Winner for the National Pupil
Premium Awards 2016 in the
Key Stage 4 Category.
The Pupil Premium Awards is a
national awards process open
to all schools across the
country. The awards are made
only to those schools that can
show outstanding progress in
improving the achievement of
pupils and to be judged good or
outstanding by Ofsted.
Tracey Amos, Head Teacher and Jacqui Whiteman, Deputy Head Teacher attended the awards in London at
Drapers’ Hall on the12
th
May. This event proved to be an excellent opportunity to meet with other winning
schools and share ideas on how the school can continue to support and raise our pupils’ attainment.
The ceremony was attended by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education, Sam
Gyimah. He was delighted to announce that Great Torrington School has been judged as the South West
Regional Winner for the National Pupil Premium Awards 2016 in the Key Stage 4 Category.
Education and Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah said:
All finalists have consistently shown high levels of attainment or significant rates of improvement among their
disadvantaged pupils over time, and demonstrated innovative and effective use of the
pupil premium
.
The winning schools deserve to be singled out for particular praise, but all of the finalists have shown
innovative and effective uses of the funding. I hope more schools will take inspiration from what they have
achieved today and follow in their footsteps.”
Tracey Amos, Headteacher of Great Torrington School, went on to say,
“All pupils at GTS, regardless of their ability, thrive. We are delighted to be the South West Regional Winner
for the 2016 Pupil Premium Awards”
Pupil Premium funding has undoubtedly helped Great Torrington School ensure that all pupils thrive and
succeed. GTS’ innovative approach, which has been developed over the last three years, involved
restructuring the whole curriculum and timetable to allow for a wide range of enrichment opportunities for all
pupils, alongside a deep intervention programme, for selected pupils, in mathematics and English. The
Enrichment and Intervention Period has also allowed GTS to provide an in-depth CPD programme to all staff
in 12 week blocks. This has ensured that the school continues to deliver high quality learning for all pupils.
The Pupil Premium Funding also provides the school with four Pupil Coaches who monitor and meet with our
young people to discuss their progress and any pastoral needs they may have. If you would like to more about
how GTS have utilised its pupil premium, please contact the school at
Tracey Amos and Jacqui Whiteman with Sam Gyimah MP, Parlia-
mentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education,
receiving our regional winners award in the Key Stage 4 Catego-
ry.
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