School celebrates Pupil Premium award

Mrs Helen Ife reads her congratulations letter
Mrs Helen Ife reads her congratulations letter

It’s going to be a golden year for Garstang St Thomas’s school.

As it prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary on its present site head teachers Mrs Helen Ife says she is delighted to have received another accolade.

The Garstang St Thomas’ CE Primary staff and children returned to school in the new year to find they had received a letter from the Right Hon David Laws MP and Minister of State for Schools.

In the letter Mr Laws congratulates the school on winning £1000 in the KS2 category of the national Pupil Premium Awards.

He told them: “It is clear that staff have provided 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.”

Head teacher, Mrs Helen Ife said, “What a fabulous start to 2015; following on from successful Ofsted and SIAMs (Statutory Inspections of Anglican and Methodist Schools)and in this, the school’s Golden Anniversary year on this site,”

The SIAMS inspection judged St Thomas an “outstanding” church school and government watchdog OFSTED inspected in May, 2014 and judged it a “good school”.

She added: “It is a credit to all the staff for their wonderful work in ensuring all children are included and offered the best education possible.”

The awards recognise the work done with a school’s disadvantaged pupils - those qualifying for free school meals, looked after/adopted children and children of armed forces’ staff.

Across the north west more than 60 schools qualified for a Key Stage 2 Pupil Premium award including Preesall Preesall Fleetwood’s Charity Church of England Primary School.