Local school Ark Globe Academy has won a grant of £5k for improving the GCSE results of disadvantaged pupils, and could win as much as a quarter of a million.
Schools around the country receive extra money to help disadvantaged pupils reach their potential – via a yearly £2.5bn fund called the pupil premium.
This was one of the Liberal Democrats’ major demands when joining the coalition government.
Schools receive an extra £1,320 for each pupil of primary-school age and £935 for each pupil of secondary-school age, who qualify for the pupil premium.
The average number of pupils eligible is just below 30 per cent across the country, but in Bermondsey and Southwark it is double that.
This means that our part of London benefits even more from the pupil premium – making a real difference to children in local schools.
That Liberal Democrat policy is now bearing fruit – with Ark Globe Academy rated in the top 140 schools in the country, in terms of how it has spent the pupil premium money to improve GCSE results.
This has won the school an extra £5k as part of the “pupil premium awards” – and it can now apply to win £250k, which will be presented to a school by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in March.
Ark Globe Academy say that this extra money will go towards providing students with further educational opportunities and support.
“Being at Ark Globe Academy has meant that I’ve been able to get extra tuition in maths and chemistry,” said Year 12 student, Ochuko Toweh.
“My dream is to study in the US, and the school has been able to get me a place on a programme to help students apply for a place at an American university.”
All schools are required to publish on their website how they are spending the pupil premium cash, and you can find details about Ark Globe Academy here.
The school has focussed on extra personal mentoring, additional teachers and visits to top universities to help inspire students.
Matt Jones, Ark Globe Academy principal, said: “This award is a fantastic reflection of the hard work and dedication of all adults at Ark Globe Academy, who support our students on their journeys to university.
“A huge thank you to Simon Hughes MP for taking the time to visit us at Ark Globe and share in our success.”