Annal Nayyar reports Schools Minister David Laws announces finalists in the special schools and alternative provision category for the 2015 awards.

Five schools have today (8 December 2014) been named by Schools Minister David Laws as national finalists in the special schools and alternative provision category for the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards, in recognition of their achievements in helping disadvantaged pupils succeed.

All finalists will win at least £50,000, with the winning school to be awarded a total prize of £100,000 at a ceremony hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in March next year.

The Pupil Premium Awards reward schools who are able to provide evidence of effective strategies to improve the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and show sustained improvement in raising their attainment.

Five special schools and alternative provision finalists were announced today in recognition of their effective use of the pupil premium in raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and improving their outcomes. The pupil premium is extra funding schools receive for every disadvantaged pupil they teach and is now worth a total of more than £2.5 billion per year.

The 5 finalists in the special schools and alternative provision category are:

  • Queensmill School, Shepherd’s Bush, London
  • Belmont Special School, Cheltenham
  • CE Academy, Northampton
  • The Bridge AP Academy, Hammersmith and Fulham, London
  • Oakfield High School, Wigan
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