Iqra Slough Islamic Primary School was named the 2014 Pupil Premium Awards Primary School of the Year winner in the South-East region by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. In a letter to the school, Mr Clegg wrote: “This is a huge achievement and reflects the hard work of your team and your pupils. We expect this public recognition and demonstration of effective practice in your school will encourage other schools to think more ambitiously about their use of pupil premium funding and I would encourage you to work with other schools in your region.”

There were nearly 200 entries for the competition with the standard ‘very high’.

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges led by Dr John Dunford, Pupil Premium Champion, and Dr Kevan Collin, chief executive of the Education Endowment Foundation.

Zafar Ali, chair of governors, said: “This award from the Deputy Prime Minister is recognition of the immense work by all members of staff to achieve high standards for all children that we serve. The school is sharing its expertise by supporting other schools in Northamptonshire, London and Surrey.”