FIFTEEN schools across Craven have won a share in a cash bonus for helping pupils to achieve high or improved test results in 2002.

The one secondary, 12 primaries and two nursery schools are among 700 nationwide receiving a share in a £6 million Government handout.

The money is designed to be shared out between all the staff at the schools, from headteacher to caretaker.

It rewards schools where pupil performance was substantially better than in 1999, schools where pupil performance in 2002 was better than most schools in similar circumstances and schools that have come out of special measures in the 2001-02 year.

The only secondary school in Craven included in the awards is West Craven High Technology College which receives £19,370 to share out among its staff.

Headteacher Arnold Kuchartschuk said: "Obviously we're thrilled by the achievement award and honoured that the work of the school team has been recognised."

Skipton's Brougham Street and Otley Street nurseries receive £1,550 and £1,840 respectively.

The town's Christ Church and Ings primary schools are the only other Skipton schools among the award winners and get £2,760 and £3,730 each.

In North Craven Rathmell is awarded £1,290, Langcliffe £1,210 and Ingleton £3,250.

South Craven primaries Sutton-in-Craven Church of England School and Sutton-in-Craven Community School get £2,630 and £4,870 respectively. Lothersdale received £2,360.

Heading up Wharfedale two primary schools are named: Cracoe and Rylstone receives £1,760 and Grassington £2,000.

Schools standards minister David Miliband said: "Success in schools depends on each and every member of staff working together to raise standards.

"Every person in a school has their part to play, whether they are a classroom assistant or a teacher, a bursar or a dinner lady. The school achievement awards celebrate the work of the entire school community."