Schools minister David Laws has congratulated 140 institutions that have reached the finals in the key stage four pupil premium awards.
Each of the secondary schools has been awarded £5,000 each in recognition of their efforts to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. They will now be invited to apply for prizes worth up to £250,000, which will be handed out at a ceremony hosted by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg in March.
Mr Laws said: "I would encourage all of the secondary schools which have received a prize to share their successful approach with other schools so they can learn from their experience."
The pupil premium awards go to institutions that devise effective strategies to boost the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and demonstrate sustained improvement in raising their attainment.
Schools will have the opportunity to win another £4 million in the 2016 awards and are being encouraged to review the procedures they have in place to boost attainment and ensure they are using the pupil premium effectively.
A full list of the key stage four finalists is available on the Department for Education's website.
Posted by Tim Colman