Oasis Academy Byron has been named the 'Primary Regional Champion' for London at the Pupil Premium Awards 2017 for their work with disadvantaged pupils.
Pupil premium is additional funding provided by the Department for Education (DfE) to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
At Oasis Academy Byron the money provides an experienced teacher who can work in small groups or one to one with the children to help overcome the gaps in their learning. Effective learning materials encourage the pupils’ learning, especially in reading and mathematics.
In last year’s SATs tests, 85% of the children at the Academy who receive pupil premium funding achieved the expected level in reading, writing and maths compared to 39% of disadvantaged pupils nationally.
The Academy was invited to a special Pupil Premium Awards ceremony at the House of Commons - of 22,000 schools nationwide that receive pupil premium funding, just 23 finalists were chosen. Sarah Small, Deputy Principal and Inclusion Manager, AnneMarie Sayers, Year 4 teacher and Numeracy Subject Leader, Oasis CEO, John Murphy, and Oasis Regional Director, Kirstie Fulthorpe, joined Academy Principal, Clare Wingrave at the event.
Clare received the award on behalf of all of the staff and children at Oasis Academy Byron.
‘We are truly honoured to receive this award today on behalf of everyone at the Academy,’ says Clare.
‘We are a team and a family, and it is only thanks to the dedication and commitment of our teachers and support staff that our pupils achieved such fantastic results last year; I am very grateful to all of them.’
‘At Oasis Academy Byron we care passionately about the progress of every child, and strive to give them the opportunities that they need and deserve. It is a real boost to us all to have won this award, and to reiterate the importance of this work.’
Kirstie Fulthorpe added: Oasis Academy Byron should be extraordinarily proud today of the work that they do for their pupils and the local community. Clare and her teams’ belief in the potential of every child is inspiring.’
‘At Oasis we have a mantra, ‘raising the bar, and closing the gap,’ says John Murphy. ‘Raising the aspirations of all of our pupils, and supporting those children who face additional challenges to learning to close the attainment gap with their peers.’
‘Oasis Academy Byron has time and again shown exceptional educational practice, driving up progress for everyone, regardless of background or ability. The wider Oasis family is very proud of what they have achieved.’