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Woodkirk Academy nationally recognised for outstanding performance 

Woodkirk has already been awarded £5,000 and is vying for a £250,000 cash pot after receiving national recognition for the performance of pupils from more disadvantaged backgrounds. 

The school is one of only 11 across Yorkshire and Humberside and the only one in the Leeds district to be identified by the government for “outstanding attainment and value added progress made by this group of students”. Financial resources have supported schools in recent years in a bid to address the supposed underachievement of disadvantaged pupils in England and Wales and improve their life chances. 

This is a fabulous achievement and the Academy is very proud to have worked closely with the students and their parents in providing them with the start in life they need to be well prepared for their futures and to be successful.  

The Academy has used the financial resources made available to excellent effect to implement many innovative strategies (see the link on the right) and the students have responded extremely well to the dedicated approach of all staff at Woodkirk. Methods employed by the school to improve the performance of disadvantaged students have included a drive towards one-on-one tuition, setting up a peer mentoring system involving help from sixth formers and holiday workshops.  

The national award decision will be made next month.