Drighlington pupils receive historic award


Three primary school pupils have been given a special historic award for their academic achievements.

Sophie Aveyard, Harrison Stonehouse and Tyler Award, all from Drighlington Primary School, have each been handed the Archbishop Margetson Award and have had their names inscribed on the Schools Trust honours board.

Each pupil also received £50 to be spent on books or school equipment as they each make the move to high school this summer.

The prize is over 300 years old, having been set up by Drighlington local James Margetson in the 17th century. Margetson left the village as a young man, but was illiterate and had to secure a patronage to provide him with an education. He would become Archbishop of Armagh and later set up a free school in Drighlington, while also leaving a sum of money to be given to local children every year to help with their education.

Mike Rhodes, Chair of Trustees of the Archbishop Margetson School Trust, said: “This award is for pupils who have done that little bit extra. It’s not easy going from being a big fish in primary school into a huge high school so the idea is that this will hopefully give them a bit of a boost.”