'Disadvantaged' Newquay school pupils to benefit from £1 million hand-out
SCHOOLS in the Newquay area will benefit from almost £1 million in extra funding this year, aimed at helping around 1,000 disadvantaged children.
The cash has been made available under the Liberal Democrats' Pupil Premium scheme, which this year sees £900 allocated for every pupil who is eligible for free school meals.
A total of £910,350 will be made available to ten schools, with the lion's share going to Newquay Tretherras Academy (£255,900), Treviglas Community College (£183,150), Newquay Junior Academy (£131,100), and St Columb Minor Academy (£99,600).
Trenance Learning Academy bagged £62,400, Indian Queens School secured £60,900 and St Columb Major Academy will receive £58,200.
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The Bishops' School has been allocated £39,300, while Mawgan-in-Pydar and Summercourt schools will both get £9,900.
Schools will be free to spend the cash as they wish, from hiring extra staff and offering extra reading and maths classes, to providing IT facilities.
Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell and Newquay, said: "I'm thrilled the new school year has kicked off with local schools benefiting from the promised increases in the Pupil Premium.
"The premium is deliberately targeted at the most disadvantaged pupils and the money is spent by those who are best placed to help students – the schools. This was a key election pledge at the last election and to see it making a difference in our community is brilliant."
Cash available to Newquay schools this year has increased by around 50 per cent – up £293,656 from £616,394 in 2012-13.
Mr Gilbert said this was down to the allocation per pupil rising from £600 to £900 year on year, with the amount set to go up to £1,300 next year.