Millthorpe has received an award from the Department for Education for the work it has done to support the progress of disadvantaged children. The citation from Sam Gyimah MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education, noted that Millthorpe was ‘one of the most improved schools in the country in terms of attainment and value added progress of its disadvantaged pupils since 2012’ and went on to say that ‘it is clear that you and your staff have provided your disadvantaged pupils with a good start in life and prepared them well for further study, training or employment.’
“We’re delighted to win this award,” said Headteacher Trevor Burton. “We have a proud commitment to ensuring that a child’s economic circumstances don’t hold them back from fulfilling their potential. York is well-known for its high performance but the gap between the disadvantaged and others is wider in York than it should be. At Millthorpe we’ve worked hard on that gap, so we are delighted that our progress has been recognised. We’ll enter for the Regional and National Awards and share our story with other schools.”
The 2015 GCSE results underlined the excellent achievement of pupils at Millthorpe who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding, a key indicator of economic disadvantage. For both the basic measure of the percentage of students getting 5 good GCSEs including English and Maths, and the ‘value added’ measure which shows how much progress a student has made, the gap between Pupil Premium and other students at Millthorpe was well below the averages for York and nationally.
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Millthorpe puts its success down to a very strong pastoral support network including specialist staff to work with vulnerable children, and strong systems of checking on the progress of all, but particularly the disadvantaged.
“There is still work to be done: we would like to close the gap altogether; but this award recognises that whatever a child’s economic background, students at Millthorpe make great progress, and this opens up their opportunities for a successful future,” said Mr Burton.