Primary hoping to scoop award

Steve Williamson, Head Teacher and Diane Curley, Assistant Head with pupils at the school.
Steve Williamson, Head Teacher and Diane Curley, Assistant Head with pupils at the school.
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A city primary is in the running to pick up a national award.

Staff and pupils from Northern Saints C of E Primary School are heading to London after being selected as finalists for an excellence award.

Everyone at the Red House school was thrilled when they received a letter from Sam Gyimah, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Education, telling them they are one of a handful of schools in the country that has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 Pupil Premium Award.

In December the Rotherham Road school was told it was in the country’s 100 Top Performing Primary Schools for the progress children make and in February the school won a regional Pupil Premium award.

Headteacher, Steve Williamson, said: “I am so pleased that the hard work of everyone involved in our school is being recognised in this way.

“We use a great deal of funding to enable our children to access wonderful learning opportunities.

“We believe we are successful because we keep the curriculum varied and broad rather than just focussing on tests. We want to encourage resilience and create a positive growth mindset where children see a new challenge and say ‘It’s going to be tough but I can do it with hard work and determination’.”

Mr Williamson and chairman of governors, Ann Hodgson, will take a group of pupils to the ceremony at the Drapers Hall in London on May 12 where the winners will be announced.

Mrs Hodgson said: “We told parents that we would provide the very best education for all of our pupils, and we meant what we said.”