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Pupil Premium

Use of the Pupil Premium in 2017-2018 and plans for 2018-2019

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers (DfE 2016).

Secondary schools receive £935 for pupils for each student in Year 7 to Year 11 registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. Schools also receive £1,900 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as being looked after or previously looked after. The service premium is extra funding for schools to support children and young people with parents in the armed forces. Schools will receive £300 for each eligible student.

Use of Pupil Premium Funding in 2017-2018

Number of students eligible for Pupil Premium funding


Total amount of Pupil Premium funding


During the academic year 2017-18, Pupil Premium funding was used in a variety of ways to support students to close the gap in curriculum and extracurricular opportunities. As a result, it reinforced aspects of our School Development Plan: creating happy, enriched, resilient, healthy students. The main barriers to educational achievement that disadvantaged students in the school face include costs associated with: travel to school, additional revision materials, school trips and residential visits.

The following support was provided as a result of Pupil Premium funding:

  • Eligible students received a bursary towards their school uniform and travel by public transport.
  • Eligible students received a stationery pack.
  • All eligible Year 11 students received a revision tools pack.
  • Subsidies to provide access to the full range of curriculum opportunities available such as revision guides, workbooks, subject based journals and materials for practical subjects like Art and Technology.
  • Subsidies to provide access to the full range of extracurricular opportunities available such as Music tuition, trips and residential visits.
  • Funding for resources such as dictionaries in departments, grammar books and staffing to enhance provision for those students who speak English as an additional language.
  • Learning mentors provided one to one support and small group work sessions for students.
  • Homework club available for all students.
  • Additional support from outside agencies including careers interviews and mentoring programmes.

The Impact of Pupil Premium Funding.

100% of Year 11 Pupil Premium students achieved 5 or more GCSE grades A*- C or 7-9 including English and Maths.

All Year 10 students sat a GCSE in Religious Studies in the summer of 2017. 93% of non-Pupil Premium students achieved grades A*-A and the figure for Pupil Premium students was 92%. Pupil Premium students performed on a par with non Pupil Premium students on this measure.


Non Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

Overall School figure

Attainment 8




English Attainment 8 Score




Maths Attainment 8 Score




The figures from 2018 GCSE examinations are shown above. The figures demonstrate the success of strategies used to raise the achievement of all students and narrow the gap between Pupil Premium students and non-Pupil Premium students.

Plans for 2018-2019

Number of students eligible for Pupil Premium funding


Total amount of Pupil Premium funding


The school will build on its use of Pupil Premium funding by continuing to provide targeted strategies to promote achievement. The school's approach is informed by 'The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit', an independent resource which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged students.

In addition to existing school strategies, this will include:

  • Continuing our focus on improving teaching and learning, developing students’ growth mindset strategies (C. Dweck 2005).
  • Providing further support for all students with careers education and raising aspirations.
  • Ensuring Continuous Professional Development for staff focusing on sharing specific teaching strategies for different groups of learners.
  • Enhancing the tutor time programme to establish greater links with assembly themes in order to develop a range of character virtues.
  • Reviewing engagement and communication with parents, including the weekly email bulletin, text messaging service and an online booking system for Progress Evenings.
  • Reviewing outreach work an strategies to engage with a wide variety of primary schools in order to broaden access to the school.


The date of the next Pupil Premium strategy review is June 2019. Impact will be measured in a number of ways including through examination results, inclusion in terms of full participation in school life and student voice.


If your daughter does not have Free School Meals but may be eligible because of your family's income, please contact the main school office for more details (telephone: 0121 354 1479). As well as having a Free School Meal, it will mean that the school can claim additional Pupil Premium funding in order to promote your daughter's learning.