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Families will by now be familiar with the concept of the Pupil Premium (PP). It is a sum of money allocated to schools to provide additional support to students who are (or have been at some point in their schooling) entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) or who may face other significant challenges in their lives which act as a barrier to their learning. Nationally, there is a gap between the performance of students entitled to FSM and other students, for example those achieving a good pass in English and Mathematics or the English Baccalaureate suite of subjects.
We use the funding in a variety of ways to support students. For example, the work done with Key Stage 4 students as part of our ‘Going for Gold’ programme has had an impact on the outcomes of those students targeted. We also use the funding to support more vulnerable students in making choices about what they wanted to do after Year 11 and to provide additional support for them within the school. In the Primary phase, funding has been used to provide a range of support including before and after school provision, free access to enrichment activities and additional teaching staff.
The overwhelming majority of Year 11 students, including those eligible for PP, progressed to further education and/or training this summer . This underlines that the funding provided by the Pupil Premium has been used effectively by the school to help ensure that all eligible students had a ‘passport’ to the next stage of their education. We will continue to provide support for all our students identified as vulnerable in a variety of ways to ensure that that they meet their targets. Our aim is to reduce further the differences between the achievement and progress of disadvantaged students against all students nationally.
If you feel that your child may be eligible for FSM support but is not currently receiving it, please look at the eligibility information on the school website or contact the school office. All pupils in Reception, Year One and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal. We would still like parents who think they may be eligible for Free Meals to contact us. It is quick and easy to check and it means that the school receives the correct funding. If your child currently receives, or used to receive, FSM support and you feel that there is something specific that would further enhance their learning, please contact your child’s Phase Leader or Director of Learning - Year in the first instance.
The Primary and Secondary Pupil Premium Strategies below outline the work we are doing to narrow the gap in achievement between those eligible for Pupil Premium and other students.
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium is additional funding to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. In 2018/19 the school received £6,906. The funding goes towards the cost of additional teachers in english and mathematics.
PE and Sports Premium
The primary phase receives the PE and Sports Premium to support additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport on offer. To date the funding has been spent on additional resources and specialist coaches, as well as additional support from our secondary phase PE team. Specialist input has increased the pupils' skill and enjoyment levels and they benefit from experiencing a wide range of team sports. The provision is sustainable because specialist teaching resource is available to the primary phase as part of our all-through school. Please see below for a more detailed breakdown of how this has been spent.