Pupil Premium Funding
The Pupil Premium is additional funding that is given to schools to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers. In 2019/20, the school was allocated £192,665. Please see the 2019/2020 review.
To use the pupil premium funding to close the gap in both attainment and progress between those students eligible for pupil premium and their peers.
Research completed by the Education Endowment Foundation/Sutton Trust identify the most effective ways of spending this funding to secure the greatest impact. Our funding was put toward a range of projects, informed by this research and designed to raise achievement, address attendance and engagement and improve transition by addressing key barriers. These projects are detailed in our Pupil Premium development plan of which the key elements are summarised below.
Objective: To improve progress of pupil premium pupils so that it is at least in line with their peers both within school and nationally.
• Member of Extended Leadership Team with responsibility for Pupil Premium
• Deployment of a Pupil Premium HTLA focused on supporting underachieving students across the curriculum but particularly in English and maths
• Provision of 1:1 and small-group tutoring in English and maths
• Provision of one-week intensive maths and English programmes in conjunction with Pet-Xi
• Provisions of resources and equipment including revision guides, Design and Technology materials, exam kits, trip assistance, music lessons and uniform
• Motivational support for students and their families, from Cameron Parker, the UK’s #1 school motivational speaker
• Subscription to the online revision resource, GCSEPod
• Provision of a Commitment to Success programme for Yr11 students that runs for two hours after school every week, from January. This targets the students not achieving 5 GCSEs at grades A*- C including English and maths
• Revision workshop run by Elevate Education for HA students
• Laptops and WiFi routers provided for students without them
• Visualisers in every classroom to support with teaching and learning
Increasing Attendance and Engagement
Objective: To improve attendance and engagement of pupil premium students.
• Establishment of an alternative provision curriculum and work experience programme to engage students who struggled with a mainstream curriculum.
• Use of attendance officer targeting pupil premium students whose attendance was less than 95%
• Attendance initiatives and rewards
• Residential experience to increase student engagement in their education
• Priority access to independent careers advisor
Objective: To improve transition for Pupil Premium students.
• Continued development of a transition programme with feeder high schools where pupil premium students were able to attend an enhanced programme of transition days during the spring and summer term
• Regular liaison between Pupil Premium co-ordinator and colleagues in the feeder high schools
• Pupil Premium co-ordinator strategy group created between schools sharing good practice
Monitoring and Evaluation
A specific development plan is constructed for the Pupil Premium budget and this is shared with governors at the start of the academic year. The impacts of projects within the plan are then monitored by the Pupil Premium team and a designated school governor during the course of the academic year using a range of data sources.
Disadvantaged students at KS5 are supported through the Sixth Form Bursary programme. Outcomes for disadvantaged students have been equivalent to non-disadvantaged students in recent years.
Click here for Pupil Premium Report
Click here for Pupil Premium Plan 2020 - 21