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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium funding is deployed by schools to narrow the attainment gap between students from lower income families and their peers.

Introduced in April 2011 by the Government in addition to main school funding, schools have the freedom to spend PP funding as they see fit, based upon their knowledge of students' needs.

What is the Pupil Premium (PP) funding?

The Government has allocated funding to support:

  • students in receipt of free school meals or who have claimed FSM in the last six years
  • students who are looked after by the Local Authority, and
  • the children of Armed Service families


How can I know how much my school has been allocated?

Pupil Premium Pupil Premium per pupil
Pupils in Year Groups R to 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £1,320
Pupils in Year Groups 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £935
Pupil Premium Plus Pupil Premium Plus per pupil
  • Pupils having left local authority care as a result of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
  • Pupils who have been in local authority care for 1 day or more
  • Pupils recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)
Service Pupil Premium Service Pupil Premium per pupil
Pupils attract the SPP if they meet the following criteria:
  • one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
  • they have been registered as a ‘service child’ in the school census at any point since 2011
  • one of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme
  • pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time reserve service are classed as service children


Progress Update

Summer 2018

The percentage of disadvantaged students achieving the Basics (Grade 9-5 in English and maths) was 43% which is 3% higher than ‘all’ students nationally and well above the national for disadvantaged students (25%). The percentage on non-disadvantaged students attaining the measure was 50%.

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The Progress 8 figure was -0.52 compared to -0.44 nationally. One third of disadvantaged students achieved a positive progress score. We are working to further improve this.

The percentage of disadvantaged students entered for the EBacc (English Baccalaureate: maths, English, science, a language and geography or history) was well above national for non-disadvantaged students and double the percentage of disadvantaged students studying EBacc nationally.

This reflects our strategy to ensure our disadvantaged students leave with 'cultural capital' to match their non-disadvantaged peers. The EBacc average point score (APS) for disadvantaged students was 3.81 which is in line with ‘all’ students nationally and well above disadvantaged students nationally (3.07).

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Pupil Premium Leadership

Two Strategic Leads, Deputy Headteacher and Assistant Head (Behaviour, Personal Development and Welfare) are funded at 20% from PP. Each has specific responsibility for PP; former with faculty / curricular focus and second from pastoral support angle.


Student Progress

All staff are responsible for the progress of PP students as part of broader responsibility for classes. To assist with this, all teaching staff have an additional 30 minutes per week for personalising their planning, assessment and feedback to PP students and contacting parents where appropriate. Thus, teachers without any additional responsibilities will have 2.5 hours PPA and 0.5 hours PP per week. This will be pro-rata for part-time staff. This initiative costs £1000 per teacher per annum, therefore £110,000 per annum for our school. This will ensure that students with the greatest need will be supported by the most skilled adults in terms of teaching.

A Children's Family Resource Worker (CFRW) and an Attendance Officer work alongside the House Support Managers. The CFRW supports families as part of the Early Help Offer and the Attendance Officer works at ensuring all students are in school. The aim is to reduce the gap between the attendance of PP students and Non PP students.

Individualised tuition from external tutors will be considered on an individual basis given in line with school focus of "no child left behind".


Personal Support for Home Learning Environment

In line with Children's and Families Bill, there will be an element of "Personal Budget" similar to that for children on Education, Health Care Plan.

The Extended Services Coordinator (ESC) works with Children at the Year 6 transition stage to assess needs of PP students coming into the school. All PP students will have assistance with a locker, equipment and uniform, as well as funding for technology products, school visits and journeys. ESC will also work with parents to assess how funding can make a difference in the home environment.

ESC will also work with parents of existing students in relation to improving the home learning environment e.g. provision of Internet access, home access to kit, be that desktop, laptop or tablet, with Internet access on contract.

We will consider how best to support students to ensure that they have equal access with their peers to extra-curricular learning including hobbies.

Students eligible for Free School Meals will be assisted with additional support with breakfast costs to ensure that they are able to start the day in the correct manner, and be ready to learn.



The introduction and roll out of Pupil Premium Funding has placed significant demands on administration and finance staff in administering the various strands. There will be an admin cost associated with the full programme which will be kept to a minimum and evaluated as the programme rolls out.

Strategy Impact Personnel / Resource Cost
Leadership and Management 1 Additional time for focused tracking with leaders narrowing gaps, securing expected and better progress Deputy Headteacher / Assistant Headteacher 25k
Student Progress 1 PP Time significant, high quality AfL to students and parents All teachers Payment from PP balance up to max 110k
Student Progress 2 Increased motivation of PP students evidenced by increased attendance where there are issues, improved progress Attendance Officer / Children and Families Resource Worker 40k
Student progress 3 Alternative courses of study through e.g. Learning Community Director of Learning Support, House Teams On average £1000 per course
Personal Learning Environment 1 Ensure no barriers to in school learning Provision of uniform, kit, locker, technology costs Subject to agreement from Headteacher.
Priority may be given to families where attendance and engagement are high.
Personal Learning Environment 2 Ensure no barriers to in school learning Payment for trips and visits, breakfast Subject to agreement from Headteacher.
Priority may be given to families where attendance and engagement are high.
Personal Learning Environment 3 Ensure no barriers to out of school learning Work with parents to address any additional needs Subject to agreement from Headteacher.
Priority may be given to families where attendance and engagement are high.


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Pupil Premium Strategy Statement


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