Somerset Schools praised for pupil progress

Three Somerset schools have been praised for work they’ve done to make sure the county’s most vulnerable children are making great progress.

Wembdon St George’s, Upton Noble and Preston Church of England Primary Schools (in Bridgwater, Shepton Mallet and Yeovil respectively) have each been granted £1000 as part of the Pupil Premium Award for 2015.

The Pupil Premium Award recognises schools in England who have been working hard since 2011to narrow the gap for disadvantaged children. The staff at each of the schools have been commended for providing disadvantaged pupils with a good start in life and for preparing them well for secondary school.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council, said: “These grants are testament to the hard work, dedication and ambition of the staff team at each school to make sure that all children have the best start to life, regardless of their background. I would like to congratulate and thank staff, governors, parents and pupils at each of these schools for their success in narrowing the gap and the difference that they are making.”

Mark Solomon, Executive Headteacher at Upton Noble CofE Primary School in Shepton Mallet, said: “Receiving the Pupil Premium Award is a real recognition of the values we hold dear at Upton Noble, as well as the dedication of all the adults who worked with the children. Our hard working staff and relationships with parents are key to our success but just as important are the Respect, Resilience and Creativity we instil in our children. With greater ownership and independence the children can achieve many great things.”

Bernie Green, Headteacher at Preston CofE Primary School in Yeovil, said: “We are delighted with the award which reflects Preston Primary’s commitment to ensuring all children have equal opportunities and are supported in achieving high standards.”

Rev. Dave Hatrey, Headteacher at Wembdon St George’s CofE SPrimary School in Bridgwater, said: “St George’s is delighted that the excellent work that the school has done has been recognised. Both the children and the staff are to be congratulated for all that they have achieved.”