Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace in Penge receives Pupil Premium Award

PUBLISHED: 11:19 15 February 2016

School children raising hands in class

School children raising hands in class

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The award recognises the outstanding achievement of its pupils from low income backgrounds

A Pewnge academy has received an award in recognition of the outstanding achievement of its pupils from low income backgrounds.

The Pupil Premium is additional funding that schools receive to help them raise the achievement of disadvantaged children and close the gap between them and their peers.

The awards celebrate schools that show high attainment or significant improvement among disadvantaged pupils, particularly in English and maths.

Schools are chosen for their ability to boost achievement and raise aspirations in the face of disadvantage, and Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace is the latest to be recognised on a local basis.

Education and childcare minister Sam Gyimah, who wrote to the academy to congratulate it on its success, said: “It is clear that you and your staff have provided your disadvantaged pupils with a good start in life and prepared them well for further study, training or employment.

“I would also encourage you to share your achievements with other schools so that they can learn from your strengths and experience.”

Principal Aliki Constantopoulou added: “At our school we don’t let a child’s background act as a barrier to their academic and personal development.

“I am very pleased for everyone here that this has been recognised formally.”

Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace will now have the opportunity to enter the national awards in May which will be presented by contemporary artist Tracey Emin.

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