"National Primary School of the Year"
We are absolutely delighted that Pakeman has been awarded National Primary School of the Year in the Pupil Premium Awards 2013. This was in recognition of the outstanding achievement and progress made by our children.
Excerpt from Primary Teach Magazine - October 2013 Issue 7.7:
Armed with the Pupil Premium and a willingness to go an extra couple of miles to make a difference, staff at Pakeman Primary School in Islington are tackling the inequality of opportunity present in their local community to life altering effect, says Jacob Stow......
.......if Nick Clegg were to seek proof that one of his party's flagship policies was having its intended impact, he needn't look any further.
Excerpt from Islington Gazette July 2013:
Teachers and schoolchildren were this week “lost for words” at being crowned the best primary school in the country for the way it makes use of the Pupil Premium – extra Government funding targeted at disadvantaged children. In May, Pakeman Primary School was announced the best school in London after the regional round.
But this week, the school in Hornsey Road, Holloway, was crowned national champion by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at a prestigious ceremony, receiving a trophy and £10,000.
Mr Clegg, who spearheaded the Pupil Premium scheme after announcing it in 2010, paid tribute to the “creative” way Pakeman has used the funds to transform lives.
He added: “It’s head teachers at schools like Pakeman Primary who are working hard to come up with ideas to make a real difference to pupils, so it’s great that we are recognising what works best.”
About 70 per cent of Pakeman pupils qualify for free school meals under Government rules, meaning the school will this year receive more than £200,000 extra.
Headteacher's Welcome Letter to Parents:
Dear Parents / Carers,
As Headteacher, I would like to welcome you to our school. I hope that you will feel Pakeman is the school you wish to choose for your child. We want our children to have special and happy memories of their time at Pakeman and value highly the positive relationships we have built between children, parents, staff, governors and our local community.
“Care, guidance and support are outstanding, so pupils gain confidence, behave sensibly and are enthusiastic learners who have a mature attitude to their work.” Ofsted 2011
The school is a happy, stimulating and caring place and we expect high standards of behaviour and good manners throughout the school. We have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and there is a driving determination to ensure that pupils and adults in the school reach their full potential. We offer a rich and varied curriculum and, in our recent inspection, Ofsted noted that provision for music, art, physical education, and information and communication technology (ICT) are particular strengths.
Thanks to a very generous donation from Goldman Sachs Partners, we have a new building in the playground called The Lodge. This houses a breakfast club from 8.00am every morning, a playcentre until 6.00pm and also a reading room where voluntary readers provide regular 1:1 support for children.
We have also been fortunate to have been given a grant of £180,000 by the Richard Reeves Foundation to run a Shine School on Saturdays. This enables us to offer 60 places to pupils from 4 different local schools to support improved attainment in English and maths.
We are proud of our school. The high standard of our provision has been recognised through a range of external awards:
• Financial Management in Schools
• Healthy School Mark
• Artsmark (Gold)
• Science Mark (Silver)
• Sing Up Award (Gold)
• Active Mark
• Leading Parent Partnership Award
• Core Offer in Extended School Provision
I hope this gives you a flavour of the school. I look forward to welcoming you on a visit so that you can feel the special atmosphere and see our work in action. Please phone or e-mail to make an appointment.
Lynne Gavin (Headteacher)
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