Portway Junior School were delighted to receive a letter from David Laws, Minister for State for Schools, stating that the school had won £1,000 in the Pupil Premium Awards 2015. Only one in five schools out of over 500 in Hampshire received the recognition and reward.
The letter from Minister Laws said, “The reason you have been selected is that you are one of the most improved schools in the country in terms of attainment and progress of your disadvantaged pupils since 2011. It is clear that you and your staff have provided your disadvantaged pupils with a good start in life and prepared them well for secondary school. I would like to congratulate your staff, governors, parents and pupils for their hard work and success.”
The popular local Junior School also received a letter of congratulation from John Clarke, Hampshire’s Deputy Director of Children’s Services.
Mr Clarke said in the letter, “Thank you for all the work you and your staff have done to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children at Portway. As you know, improving the life chances of children from poorer backgrounds has been the number one priority in the county for some time but making much progress has been difficult. Once again, congratulations to you, your staff and, of course, your children.”
A copy of the letter from Minister David Laws can be seen by visiting the Portway School website, http://www.portwayjunior.co.uk/portway-wins-national-award-i-3807.php