Schools minister David Laws has announced the finalists in the special schools and alternative provision category for the 2015 pupil premium awards.
Queensmill School in Shepherd's Bush, London; Belmont Special School in Cheltenham; CE Academy in Northampton; The Bridge AP Academy in Hammersmith and Fulham, London; and Oakfield High School in Wigan have been named as this year's finalists, in recognition of their achievements in helping disadvantaged pupils succeed.
They will all receive at least £50,000, while the winning school is to be awarded £100,000 at a ceremony hosted by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg in March next year.
Mr Laws said: "These schools demonstrate just what can be done with the pupil premium to enable every child to fulfil their potential, no matter what their background."
Schools are being encouraged to review what they are doing to help disadvantaged pupils and how they are using the pupil premium, as they may be eligible for a share of the £4 million on offer in the 2016 awards.
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