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Finalists announced in 2015 Pupil Premium Awards


The finalists in the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards have been chosen, in recognition of their work to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils at Key Stage 4.

Each of the 140 finalists has won at least £5,000 and eligible schools will be invited to apply for prizes worth up to £250,000, which will be awarded at a ceremony hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, in March.

The pupil premium is extra funding schools receive for every disadvantaged pupil they teach and is worth £2.5 billion this year. The Pupil Premium Awards reward schools that are able to provide evidence of effective strategies to improve the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and show sustained improvement in raising their attainment. 

Congratulations to all ASDAN centres who have been named among the finalists:

East Midlands
The West Bridgford School 
East of England
Burnt Mill Academy Trust 
Clacton County High School
Claydon High School 
Harris Academy Chafford Hundred 
Hockerill Anglo-European College
St Albans Girls' School 
Alexandra Park School
ARK Putney Academy 
Bethnal Green Academy 
Brentford School for Girls 
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School 
Gladesmore Community School 
Harris Academy Purley 
Morpeth School  
Mossbourne Community Academy 
Mulberry School for Girls 
Oasis Academy Enfield 
Oasis Academy Shirley Park 
Paddington Academy 
Stationers Crown Woods Academy 
The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial RC School 
The Grey Coat Hospital 
The Ursuline Academy Ilford 
Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys 
North East
Carmel College 
Emmanuel College 
Whitburn Church of England Academy 
North West
Alsager School 
Hollingworth Academy 
King David High School 
South East
The Cherwell School 
The Hazeley Academy 
Waddesdon Church of England School 
Wallingford School 
South West
Balcarras School 
Camborne Science and International Academy 
Churchill Academy 
West Midlands
George Salter Academy 
John Kyrle High School and Sixth Form Centre Academy 
John Taylor High School  
Kings Norton Girls' School 
Painsley Catholic College 
Shireland Collegiate Academy 
The Chantry School 
Yorkshire & Humber
Dinnington Comprehensive Specialising in Science and Engineering 
Rossett School 
Tapton School 
Whitcliffe Mount - Specialist Business and Enterprise College


One of this year’s winners in the Key Stage 4 category was Dinnington High School, where CoPE was initially used as the primary qualification to engage learners who had the potential to underachieve. This was successful and pupils secured an increasing number of qualification passes, which in turn led to a dramatic decline in the number of pupils who went on to become NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Wider Key Skills then became part of a broader curriculum package, balancing academic and vocational.

The number of pupils achieving at least one A*-G GCSE (or equivalent) reached 100 per cent, those achieving five A*-G grades increased to 98 per cent and eight A*-G to 87 per cent. Pupils take up employment and education opportunities that allow them to make use of the skills they have developed through ASDAN qualifications. Significantly, training providers and employers have said that these skills have been major factors in pupils being selected above others for their programmes.

In the employment sector Working With Others, Improving Own Learning and Performance and Problem Solving have been of particular interest. The education sector is pleased with the impact Research, Oral Presentation and Discussion has on preparing young people with skills that will benefit their study.