Bristol schools win award for work with disadvantaged pupils

Bishop Road Primary School and SS Peter & Paul RC Primary School have been recognised as going the extra mile to help disadvantaged students.

bishoproadprimary.jpgThe schools were given an award for the work it has done to boost the achievements of pupils from less privileged backgrounds.

The £1,000 reward was given to both schools as they had put the Pupil Premium to effective use. The Pupil Premium is a key Liberal Democrat policy and has constituted £2.5bn of extra education funding, specifically targeted towards helping disadvantaged students in school.

The schools have also now applied for the prize of up to £100,000 - the winner of which will be announced by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg later this month.

Today (Friday 6th March), Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West Stephen Williams visited Bishop Road Primary School to congratulate them on their award and to see first-hand the hard work the staff are putting in to use this extra funding to its potential.

Stephen Williams, Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West said:

“I congratulate both schools for receiving the recognition they deserve for putting the Pupil Premium to great use and improving the education for some of Bristol’s most disadvantaged pupils, giving them the best start in life.

 “With over £50 million extra funding for schools in Bristol since 2010, it is now clear that our Pupil Premium is making a real difference. It is providing opportunity for all children through quality education, no matter their background.”

Mrs Gillian Powe, Headteacher of Bishop Road Primary School, said:

“The achievement of disadvantaged pupils is of fundamental importance to the values and success of our school. Our staff team believe the excellent progress that children make increases their opportunities, enhances their self-belief and engenders confidence for wider life. Commitment to high expectations for all is the key to our school approach.”

Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws said:

“The pupil premium is helping to build a fairer society with opportunity for everyone.

​“​Bishop Road and SS Peter & Paul schools can rightly be proud of their work to improve the life chances of children in Bristol.

“I would encourage all of the primary schools which have received a prize to share their successful approach with other schools so they can learn from their experience.

“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.”



Photo attached: Stephen Williams MP meeting Mrs Gillian Powe, Headteacher of Bishop Road Primary School

Full information on the Pupil Premium Awards can be found on the website:

Overall, up to 630 schools across the country will receive prizes:




Special and PRU

Infant and KS3

National award





Regional award

(up to 8 of these)

(up to 8 of these)

(up to 4 of these)

(up to 5 of these)

Regional second place

(up to 9 of these)

( up to 9 of these)



Regional runners up

(up to 9 of these)

(up to 9 of these)



Qualifier award

(up to 150)

(up to 430)



Additional awards for high

 Approximately eight prizes worth £25,000 each

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