Polegate School has received commendation from the minister of state for schools for being one of the most improved schools in the country in terms of the attainment and progress of its disadvantaged pupils.
Polegate School qualified for the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards following key stage 2 results published last week.
The results showed the school has made impressive improvements in the attainment of its disadvantaged pupils since 2011 which was commended by Rt Hon David Laws.
It means the school can now apply for prizes worth up to £100,000.
Final prizes will be awarded at a ceremony hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in March next year.
Claire Martin-O’Donoghue, headteacher, believes it is the dedication and hard work of the staff, governors, parents and pupils that have made a difference to the success of Polegate School pupils.
She said: “We are incredibly proud to receive this recognition and it validates the effort, drive and determination of staff and also the belief that all of our pupils can and will succeed. Our vision is learning without limits and the whole school community holds this at the heart of everything we do. As a result we have pupils that love learning and achieve amazing results.”
Rt Hon David Laws said: “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.”
Professor Becky Francis, Professor of Education and Social Justice, Department of Education and Professional Studies, King’s College London, said: “The commitment and dedication to ensuring all children succeed exhibited by these schools is really inspirational. It has been especially encouraging to see the way that research evidence is informing strategies adopted by the contestant schools in ensuring the good progress of their pupil premium children.”