BURNT Mill Academy, in First Avenue, has already been awarded £5,000 for its success in closing the gap between the achievements of children from poor and affluent backgrounds.
They are among just 16 schools in the eastern region to be awarded the Department for Education Pupil Premium Award.
The school can now enter the national awards and be in with a chance of securing £250,000 funding.
Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students and to close the gap between them and their peers.
Headteacher Helena Mills said: “My teachers work very hard to ensure the poorest children in our school achieve as well as those from wealthier backgrounds.
“Our success is down to fantastic teaching in the classroom and targeted interventions, such as private tutoring, additional books, trips and after-school study sessions.”
The school, which has a third of its students in the Pupil Premium category, has closed the gap between the number of students achieving five or more A* to C grades at GCSE from poor or affluent backgrounds from 24% last year to just 12% this year.
The award confirms Ms Mills’ mission for every child getting the same educational opportunities and results, regardless of where they start in life.
She said: “We are now working with other schools to support them in closing their gap in achievements.”
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