Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

Use of the Pupil Premium in 2015-2016 and plans for 2016-2017

The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of students. These include: those currently entitled to Free School Meals or who have been in the past six years; children looked after and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

Use of Pupil Premium Funding in 2015-2016
Number of students eligible for Pupil Premium funding 76
Total amount of Pupil Premium funding £72,960

The school was delighted to receive a High Aspiration Award at the Pupil Premium Awards in March 2015, recognising our success in improving outcomes for our disadvantaged students.

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, and school trips and residentials. The following support was provided as a result of Pupil Premium funding:

  • Homework club available for all students.
  • 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.
  • Learning mentors provided one to one support and small group work sessions for students.
  • 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.
  • The purchase of Skills badges to support our whole school initiative of 'Skills for Success'. This scheme recognises the achievements of students who are able to employ a wide range of learning skills in their subjects.
  • 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 residentials.
  • A Transition Day for Year 4 and 5 students was hosted to broaden access to students from a wide variety of primary schools.
  • Additional support from outside agencies including careers interviews and mentoring programmes.

The Impact of Pupil Premium Funding.

All Year 10 students sat a GCSE in Religious Studies in the summer of 2016. 88% of non-Pupil Premium students achieved grades A*-A and the figure for Pupil Premium students was 92% A*-A. Pupil Premium students therefore outperformed non Pupil Premium students on this measure.

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

The Progress 8 figure for the Year 11 cohort was +0.4 and the figure for disadvantaged students was +0.5, again reflecting the successful deployment and impact of Pupil Premium funding.

The figures from 2016 GCSE examinations are shown below, with 2015 figures in brackets for comparison. 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.

Non Pupil Premium Pupil Premium Overall School figure Overall National Figure for 2015
5+ A*-C including English and Maths 99% (98%) 100% (100%) 99% (98%) 54%
Expected Progress in English 97% (92%) 92% (92%) 96% (92%) 69%
More than Expected Progress in English 62% (56%) 48% (25%) 60% (54%) 30%
Expected Progress in Maths 100% (99%) 100% (100%) 100% (99%) 66%
More than expected progress in Maths 83% (87%) 88% (83%) 84% (86%) 30%
Plans for 2016-2017
Number of students eligible for Pupil Premium funding 77
Total amount of Pupil Premium funding £72,325

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 to broaden access by further outreach work with a wide variety of primary schools.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of homework, including the introduction of an online homework planner.
  • Further improving engagement and communication with parents, including the introduction of a text service and an online booking system for Progress Evenings.
  • Continuing our focus on improving teaching and learning through developing meta-cognition and feedback.
  • Providing further support with Careers/raising aspirations.
  • Ensuring Continuous Professional Development for staff focusing on sharing specific teaching strategies for different groups of learners.
  • Developing the PHSE programme in order to build resilience.
  • Continuing to broaden access by further outreach work with a wide variety of primary schools.

The date of the next Pupil Premium strategy review is October 2017. Impact is 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.