Cambridge’s Shirley Community Nursery and Primary School has been congratulated by the city’s MP, Julian Huppert after winning £1,000 in the national Pupil Premium Awards for helping disadvantaged youngsters.
Julian visited the school today (Monday, January 12) to meet the staff to find out more about the work they have been doing and how they have been invited to apply for one of the competition’s larger prizes, including the £100,000 national award.
“This is a huge achievement,” said Julian. “It is testament to the excellent work that is taking place at the school to help disadvantaged children.
“It is well-documented that these children struggle to keep up with their peer group at primary school which often leads to them not reaching their full potential at secondary school and beyond. The support they are receiving from staff with the help of the Pupil Premium funding should make a big difference.
“We launched the Pupil Premium to give these children a fair chance and it is good to see the work that is taking place at the Shirley receiving national recognition in this way.”
School across Cambridge will receive £1,835,600 this year through the Pupil Premium to be shared between 1,412 pupils.
During his visit to the school Julian also presented prizes to Barath Sathish, 10, who designed the winning entry in his annual Christmas card competition on the theme of Peace and to runner up Amy Chen, also 10.
Julian said: “We had some very impressive entries this year and the standard of work was very good.
“Barath’s winning picture Peace on Earth was extremely thoughtful especially in light of the trouble and conflict taking place in the world at the moment and I chose a lovely light-hearted design of a snowman for the back of the card. I felt the designs complimented each other well and both had a place on my card this year.”