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Shas Sheehan congratulates Local schools for winning awards for work with disadvantaged pupils

February 8, 2015 11:02 PM

Local schools win award for work with disadvantaged pupils

Ricard's Lodge High School and St Mary's RC Primary School have been recognised as going the extra mile to help disadvantaged students.

The schools were each given an award for the work they have done to boost the achievements of pupils from less privileged backgrounds.

A £5,000 reward was given to Ricards Lodge and £1000 to St Mary's as they have put the Pupil Premium to effective use. The Pupil Premium is a key Liberal Democrat demand now delivered in Government, and is £2.5bn of extra money that is targeted towards helping disadvantaged students in school.

Both schools are now able to apply for larger prizes of up to £250,000 - the winner of which will be announced by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, in March.

Shas Sheehan said:

"It is great to see that Ricards Lodge and St Mary's have been putting the Pupil Premium to good use, and I am proud to see that this has been recognised by the government.

Liberal Democrats are passionate about education, and making sure that everyone has the chance in life which is why we fought so hard to make sure that this money was made available.

It is now clear the pupil premium is making a real difference in here in Wimbledon."

Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws said:

"The pupil premium is building a fairer society with opportunity for everyone.

​The two Wimbledon schools can rightly be proud of their work to improve the life chances of children.

I would encourage all of the schools which have received a prize to share their successful approach with other schools so they can learn from their experience.

I hope all schools will continue to learn from this excellent practice and ensure they are using their pupil premium effectively, so that they too may be in the running for a prize in 2016."