Schools Minister congratulates the top performing secondary schools in the county

Pupils celebrate their GCSE results at Manor School and Sport College  in Raunds, one of the county's top performing schools
Pupils celebrate their GCSE results at Manor School and Sport College in Raunds, one of the county's top performing schools
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Schools Minister David Laws has sent his personal congratulations to the four top performing secondary schools in Northamptonshire.

Writing to the headteachers of Brooke Weston Academy in Corby, Northampton School for Girls, Bishop Stopford School in Kettering and Manor School and Sports College in Raunds, he said:“I would like to congratulate your staff, governors and pupils for their hard work and success and thank you for your leadership in continuing the drive towards high standards of educational achievement.”

A spokesman for the Department for Education said: “The Government is reforming education by driving up standards right across the board by bringing the best graduates into teaching, developing a world-class curriculum and introducing the EBacc to enable more pupils to study the core academic subjects that universities demand.

“We are determined to narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. The Pupil Premium targets extra money to schools to help the poorest children reach their academic potential. In 2013-14 the Pupil Premium is £900 per pupil from Reception to Year 11.

“This is an increase of 45 per cent per pupil compared with 2012/13. Last month’s secondary school performance tables show that the gap between pupils on free school meals and all other pupils achieving five or more A* to C GCSEs, including English and maths, is at its lowest for five years.”

David Laws added: “I am pleased to see the appalling attainment gap between the poorest pupils and their peers narrowing. This is indeed encouraging, but we must get rid of it completely. We are targeting more funding than ever before to help all children meet their full potential, whatever their background.

“Through the Pupil Premium, schools have the opportunity to make a real difference in improving children’s life chances.”