Two schools in Carshalton and Wallington have been celebrating, earlier this month, having won the Pupil Premium Award for their work in helping disadvantaged children. The award, created by the Lib Dems in government, has granted St Philomena’s Catholic School for Girls and Wallington County Grammar School £5,000 each.
The Pupil Premium Awards are an initiative set up by the Liberal Democrats to reward schools for treating students equally and not favouring those from wealthier families, an important principle in the Liberal Democrat’s aim to create a fairer society.
The two schools in Carshalton and Wallington have been chosen due to their extensive work in helping disadvantaged pupils achieve academic success at the same level of those from privileged backgrounds.
Tom Brake commented: “I’m delighted that schools in Carshalton and Wallington are doing so well and achieving grades above the national average, the award is thoroughly deserved. I hope this continues and we see even more schools follow their excellent example”.
David Laws MP, Schools Minister commented: "The pupil premium is building a fairer society with opportunity for everyone. I hope all schools will continue to learn from these excellent examples and ensure they are using their pupil premium effectively, so that they too may be in the running for a prize in 2016.”