Pupil Premium Awards 2016

Posted on: 16/05/2016

Great Torrington School is 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 the12th May. This event provided 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: admin@gts.devon.sch.uk

Picture attached Tracey Amos and Jacqui Whiteman with Sam Gyimah MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education, receiving our regional winners award in the Key Stage 4 Category.

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