A SCHOOL is celebrating the hard work of pupils throughout the year — and not just at the end of the summer term.

Smithills School has introduced The Principal's Outstanding Progress Award to recognise the work of young people every term.

Most schools hold a special presentation evening at the end of the year or start of the new academic year, but through the scheme children are presented with special certificates throughout the school year.

The idea is to show pupils teachers are aware of the hard work they put in and to encourage them to aim high.

Headteacher Mike Sidebottom said: "At Smithills School the academic progress of our students is at the heart of everything we do.

"Each student is set a challenging target, based on their attainment at Key Stage Two, and throughout their time at the school they are encouraged and supported to achieve and surpass that goal."

"The Principal’s Outstanding Progress Awards are presented at the end of each term to those students who are on track to exceed their target in all subjects. These achievements are the result of students’ hard work, the support of their parents and carers and the school’s focus on quality-first teaching."

The awards mean every child in the school can strive for one as they recognise the children who persevere and do their best. Awards are given to students in every year.

A special assembly is held at the end of each term.

The first awards handed out at the end of the spring term were presented to five pupils in every year.

Jesika Portelekyova, in Year 10, said: "I always give 100 per cent and try my best in all my subject’s at Smithills.

"I’m very proud to achieve this award as I know my hard work and perseverance will pay off when sitting my exams."

Classmate Ayshah Patel added: “I am very honoured and pleased to receive this award. I’d like to thank all the teachers who have supported and encouraged me to achieve and be the best I can possibly be.

"Receiving this award has made my parents proud, knowing that I am achieving. I am a dedicated student, always wanting to do well."

The first awards handed out at the end of the spring term were presented to five pupils in every year.

Ofsted found that many teachers are said to have high expectations of what pupils can achieve and in turn pupils push themselves to reach the goals set.