Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is an initiative by central government to provide additional funding for students that nationally are most likely to underachieve in school.

Pupil Premium funding is available for pupils who:

  • Are registered as eligible for free school meals
  • Have been looked after for 6 months or longer
  • Were eligible for free schools at any point in the last 6 years

The following amount is received for pupil premium students:

  • £935 per pupil of secondary-school age
    • £1,320 per pupil who:
    • has been looked after for 1 day or more
    • has been adopted from care
    • has left care under a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangements order


Pupil premium funding for 2017-18

Amount expected for 2017-2018 is £356,098 (this will be adjusted if eligible pupils leave)

The amount received for 2016-17

Amount received for 2016-2017 was £371,055


Main barriers to educational achievement faced by Pupil Premium students

  • Achieving the top grades and access to the top universities
  • Poor cultural literacy
  • Access to resources to support and extend learning
  • Lack of an appropriate learning environment at home
  • Poor nutrition
  • Attitude to learning due to emotional, behavioural or academic reasons


Pupil Premium strategies



Twilight and Saturday study support A programme of enrichment was in place for our Key stage 4 students. These were additional lessons taking place after school, on Saturday mornings and during the holidays. £41,000
Breakfast Clubs Pupil premium students are at risk of underachievement due to a range of issues such a poor nutrition and lack of an appropriate learning environment at home to allow for extra independent study. This programme was set up to provide nutrition in the morning and support in Mathematics, a subject where pupil premium students have historically underachieved. A separate Breakfast Club was also set up to support students with their reading to ensure progress in literacy skills. £35,500
Brilliant Club An intervention strategy set up to support our More Able students to raise aspiration and provide the necessary skills to apply for the most selective universities. 50% of students on the Brilliant Club are from a Pupil Premium background. This programme ran for Years 8 and 10. 24 students from each year group took part in the programme. £23,000
Hardship Fund Financial assistance is given on a needs basis for students requiring help for uniforms, trips or academic equipment. £14,750
Leadership Leadership positions in the school ensure that the needs of vulnerable students are met. The Leadership team closely with the Senior Teacher in charge of Vulnerable Cohorts, Pastoral and Curriculum teams to ensure that intervention is personalised and effective. £72,560
Pastoral support, Learning Mentors and TA Support Pastoral and academic support is provided for students on a one-to-one basis. An inclusion manager is in charge of Individual Education Plans to ensure that vulnerable students are supported. TAs also work in classes to ensure that greater support is provided for groups that needs greater intervention in a class setting. Individual students and groups work with the SEN department to ensure support in the attribution of numeracy and literacy skills. £110,018
Smaller Class sizes For our most vulnerable learners, class sizes are below the national averages to ensure that students are fully supported. £15,000
Reduced teaching load Teaching timetables are lowered to help teachers plan effective lessons that are tailored to students’ individual needs. £19,450
Counselling External support from independent Counsellors for emotional, behavioural and academic reasons is provided on an individual basis. £19,772
ICT Additional ICT equipment, software and support. £12,500
Administration costs Administrative support. £7,505


These strategies will continue in the year 2017-18. These strategies will be reviewed throughout the year, with an overall review taking place in September 2018.


Impact of Pupil Premium funding


Current attainment 2016-17
Disadvantaged students Other
% achieving 9-4 incl. English and Maths 57% 70%
Progress 8 score average Will be released in January 2018 Will be released in January 2018
Attainment 8 score average 43.02 48.89


Overall % A*-C English and Maths

Disadvantaged Other
2015-16 60 70
2014-15 57 77
2013-14 49 80


These tables show that the gap between Disadvantaged students and other students is remaining somewhat static after an improvement of 10% between 2014-15 and 2015-2016.


Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium


Year 7 catch-up premium received:

2014-15 = £9,000

2015-16 = £9,000

2016-17  = £10,246




Funding was spent in 2016-17 on and will continue to be spent in 2017-18 on:

  • Literacy and numeracy weeks – staffing and resources.
  • 1:1 and 2:1 Literacy support using the Read Write Inc Ruth Miskin catch-up programme.  
  • Literacy Breakfast Club.
  • Breakfast and lunchtime support for numeracy.
  • Smaller class sizes
  • TA support


Impact of Pupil Premium Catch up funding


Student Assessment 1 Assessment 2 Assessment 3 Assessment 4 Assessment 5 Progress
1 E= E= E+ D- D= 3
2 E= E= D- D= D= 3
3 E= E= D= E= D= 3
4 D= D= D+ D+ S- 2
5 D= D= D= D+ S- 2
6 D= D= D+ D+ S- 2
7 E= E= D- D- E+ 1
8 E= E= E- E= E+ 1
9 D= D= D= D+ D+ 1
10 D= D= D= D= D+ 1
11 D= D= D+ D+ D+ 1
12 E= E= E= E= E+ 1
13 D= D= D= D= D+ 1
14 D= D= D+ D+ D+ 1
15 E= E= E= E= E+ 1
16 D= D= D+ D+ D+ 1
17 D= D= D= D= D+ 1
18 D= D= D- D- D= 0
19 D= D= E+ E+ D= 0
20 D= D= D= D= D= 0
21 D= D= E= D- D= 0
22 D= D= D- D- D= 0
23 D= D= D- D- D- -1
24 D= D= E= E+ D- -1
25 E= E= E= E- E- -1
26 D= D= D- D- D- -1


This table shows that all bar 4 students either maintained their level or made progress throughout Year 7.