SCHOOLS clinched cash for their work in helping disadvantaged children.
Easington Academy picked up a £100,000 prize as a national finalist in the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards and Hartlepool’s West View Primary School won £25,000 for being a regional finalist.
The prizes were presented at a ceremony in London by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and David Laws, Minister of State for Schools.
Andy Brown, headteacher at West View Primary School, said: “To be selected as one of only two primary schools in the North East that has had significant success with working with disadvantaged pupils is exceptional.
“Here at West View we believe every child has a talent and we provide enriched experiences to develop each child’s full potential. The money will be spent on the children, enhancing the curriculum and also their computing skills.”
Toni Spoors, headteacher at Easington Academy, said: “The award reflects the hard work of students and staff.”
The pupil premium is extra government funding which schools receive to support their disadvantaged pupils and the awards rewarded schools with effective strategies to improve the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and show sustained improvement in raising attainment.