Staff and pupils at a South Tyneside school are celebrating huge success.
St Wilfrid’s RC College in South Shields was invited to a prestigious award ceremony in London, where it was presented with a Pupil Premium Award of £10,000.
The awards were presented by Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, and Schools Minister David Laws.
St Wilfrid’s was one of 17 secondary schools presented with prizes and they were awarded the cash for being a regional runner-up.
Mr Laws, who presented headteacher Brendan Tapping with the award, said: “The school excels in educating disadvantaged pupils and improving their outcomes.”
He praised Mr Tapping, staff and governors for “equipping your disadvantaged pupils with the skills for their future”.
Mr Tapping, said: “At St Wilfrid’s we plan for the progress of all pupils to ensure that no child is left behind.”
Ashley Jardine, an assistant headteacher at the Temple Park Road school, added: “We had a fantastic day.
“The award is a really lovely accolade for all the hard work of everyone in the school.”
The annual awards recognized schools that have made the best use of the money allocated to them under the Government’s pupil premium policy.
At a ceremony in Draper’s Hall, Central London, which was hosted by television newsreader, Nina Hossain, 500 schools received a share of prize money totalling £4million.