A HARTLEPOOL primary school has won Government recognition for its latest results.
West View Primary School has been hailed by a Government minister as one of the most improved schools in the country for giving pupils the best start to their education.
The school was one of two in Hartlepool that have been awarded £1,000 in the Pupil Premium Awards for its Key Stage 2 results success.
The results showed how well West View Primary was doing in helping its pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve better than expected.
As well as pocketing £1,000, schools minister David Laws has written to the school to invite them to bid for larger prizes including the national award of £100,000.
Mr Laws says in the letter to West View Primary School headteacher Andy Brown: “The reason you have been selected is that you are one of the most improved schools in the country in terms of the attainment and progress of your disadvantaged pupils since 2011.
“It is clear that you and your staff have provided your disadvantaged pupils with a good start in life and prepared them well for secondary school.”
Mr Brown said the school’s success and recognition was down to the teamwork of staff and parents.
He said: “We are very privileged to have received the letter from the schools minister.
“Our attainment with this particular group of children has improved dramatically over the last three years as well as the attainment of all children.
“We appreciate the work of all the staff and the parents.”
Councillor Chris Simmons, chairman of the council’s Children’s Services Committee, and also chairman of governors at West View Primary, also welcomed the news.
He said: “It is quite an accolade. It underpins the work we have done and are doing in schools to raise standards.
“We are on an upward trend in Hartlepool and we want to maintain that. I’m determined our children will attend a good or better school by the end of 2015.”
St John Vianney was another of 34 schools across the North East that were successful in the Pupil Premium Awards.
An article in the Mail on Saturday incorrectly said Sacred Heart RC and St Teresa’s primary schools in Hartlepool had been successful in the awards.