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



Summary Information 
School St Bonaventure’s
Academic Year  2018/2019 Total PP Budget 362145.00 Date of most recent PP Review February 2019
Total Number of Pupils 1019 Number of Pupils eligible for PP 310 Date for next internal review  April 2020


Current Attainment 
PP Students Non PP
% achieving Grade 5+ in English and Maths 28.9 54.5
Progress 8 -0.29 0.19
Boys nationally  -0.44 -0.33
English Baccalaureate 96.15% (Entered)

13.46% (Strong Pass)

97.24% (Entered)

27.6% (Strong Pass)


Barriers to Learning
  • Stretching the most able PP students 
  • Level of Deprivation in local borough
  • Poor cultural literacy
  • Low access to cultural capital
  • Access to Russell Group universities
  • Poor nutrition
  • Caring responsibilities at home
  • Study support at home and access to technology and revision resources
  • Inadequate learning environment at home
  • Behaviour for learning challenges due to emotional aspects 


Desired outcomes and measures Success criteria
1 Improved progress of PP eligible pupils, the result being that they are in line with the progress of their peers.

To close the achievement gap between PP students and non PP students 

The progress of PP eligible pupils is in line with their peers in core and option subjects.

Where pupils are not making expected progress, Middle Leaders are putting in place quality interventions and reviewing those interventions.

Evidence of improving progress gathered through the Quality Assurance process, work scrutiny, staff and pupil voice and learning walks.

PP pupils now identified on all internal paperwork

To work with curriculum teams where the gap between disadvantaged and non disadvantaged has been increased and on an upward trend

2 Consistent approach to embedding literacy across the curriculum A co-ordinated approach evidenced through work scrutiny and staff and student voice.

Strategic SEND structures enable pupils who are doubly disadvantaged (SEND+PP) to receive interventions promptly and for those interventions to be reviewed and adjusted in a timely manner.

Pupil information from SEND to be disseminated across the school in order to support the Teaching and Learning and the Care and Guidance of our pupils.

PP students access the correct curriculum 

3 Improve the attendance rate for PP pupils Overall attendance for PP pupils to improve to in line with other students nationally (97%)
4 Additional pastoral support and care for our PP students  Improved progress for PP students.

PP case studies

Learning conversations for PP students 


Study support and Intervention  High impact support for targeted PP students. Student progress and impact of support measured. Different cohorts targeted after each assessment drop. PP study clubs work closely with Year Leader and KS  leaders.

Curriculum teams will target PP students for appropriate intervention.

3 Distinct waves staff can follow:

Wave 1: High quality teaching and learning and and enrichment support for all PP students

Wave 2: Additional support outside normal classroom at dept level including mentoring

Wave 3: Specific targeted intervention for identified students

Breakfast clubs PP students that are at risk of underachievement due to poor nutrition and the lack of an adequate learning environment at home. The clubs support literacy and numeracy skills to help support underachievement in other subjects
Hardship Fund Financial assistance is given on a needs basis for students requiring help for uniforms, trip or academic equipment. 
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.
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.
Smaller class sizes For our most vulnerable learners, class sizes are below the national averages to ensure that students are fully supported.
Reduced Teaching Load  Teaching timetables are lowered to help teachers plan effective lessons that are tailored to students’ individual needs.
Counselling  External support from independent Counsellors for emotional, behavioural and academic reasons is provided on an individual basis
ICT  Additional ICT equipment, software and support
Enrichment support Financial support provided to students to ensure they have access to Educational trips and to improve their cultural capital. 
STEM club Several resources provide for the STEM club for their various events.
PIXL strategies Resources such as iachieve and Pixl Build have been used to help support our V cert courses which have a high proportion of our vulnerable students.
Career Interventions Priority given to our PP students in Year 10 and 11 to ensure their aspirations remain high.
Assertive mentoring Priority given to PP students. They are directed towards senior leaders who will then have a detailed mentoring session to support their progress and behaviour for learning as well as well-being.
Resource and Revision support.  PP students are provided with personalised subject revision packs that support their revision and improved resources to study at home.
CPD Continual programme for after school sessions and training in dept meetings