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Pupil Premium Report – October 2017

Pupil Premium Grant 2017-18

Number of students on role October 2017: 1415
Number of students eligible for Pupil Premium October 2017: 100
Total amount of Pupil Premium for 2017-18 students: £93,500

Plan for use of Pupil Premium in 2017-18

  • Conduct a targeted and systematic 15 minute 1-2-1 academic mentoring session , on a term and a half basis (30 minutes a year in total)
  • Co-ordinate and oversee term and a half 15 minute Head of Year coaching monitoring  sessions, including the Head of Year ‘annual review’ of progress at the end of June (30 minutes a year in total)
  • To be aware of and provide discrete, proactive, support on financial assistance for education-based school trips (via Form Tutor/Head of Year/Head of Subject)
  • To proactively liaise with and advise parents of Pupil Premium identified students on ‘grant requests’ for educational equipment for external school use (ie equipment for home-based use, which will support off school-site learning)
  • To liaise with teaching staff on the school purchase of additional study materials for Pupil Premium identified students (above items normally purchased for students to support curriculum learning)
  • Monitor progress and use tracking database of all 88 Pupil Premium identified students across Key Stage 3 and 4
  • Senior level analysis of progress of Pupil Premium students compared to year group and national benchmarks
  • Reporting termly to Governors on summary progress for all identified Pupil Premium students, via database tracking sheet 
  • access to home learning online software
  • additional English and Mathematics intervention at KS4 is offered as required.                                                         

Use of Pupil Premium in 2016-17

In 2016-17 we received a Pupil Premium allocation of £84,150 in respect of 85 students.  An appointed member of staff provided at least two 15 minute 1-2-1 academic mentoring sessions to all Pupil Premium students.  Additional support was also provided by 1-2-1 and small group work via our Individual Educational Needs Department, Heads of Year and subject staff.  The parents of all Pupil Premium students were written to explaining the various types of support available.  Finance support for curricular activities such as music lessons and curriculum related trips and visits was provided.
Funding was also used to further develop our progress tracking database to enable us to better identify and address individuals and groups making slower progress than others.  Funding was also used to provide training for key staff in the use of such data and systems.

Impact of Expenditure on Educational Attainment

In September 2012 Ofsted judged us to be Outstanding in all areas.  Specifically they concluded that the school’s thorough tracking of each student’s attainment and its provision of support for those that fall behind ensures that all groups of students, including disabled students and those with special educational needs, those eligible for the Pupil Premium and those who are of Black African heritage, make excellent progress and achieve outstandingly well.
Analysis of the attainment and progress of students eligible for Pupil Premium at the end of the 2016-17 academic year shows that this continues to be the case in the large majority of cases.
The table below illustrates how small the attainment gap is between GCSE outcomes for Pupil Premium students compared to non-Pupil Premium students:

Pupil Premium GCSE


Pupil Premium

Non-Pupil Premium

Progress 8



English Baccalaureate



APS English



APS mathematics



English Progress 8



Maths Progress 8



Ebac Progress 8



Open Progress 8



In Year 7-10 cohorts there were between 16 and 26 Pupil Premium students in each group.  In Year 10 there is currently a Progress 8 gap of 0.25 of a grade below for pupil premium compared to non-pupil premium.  The greatest gap of 0.5 appeared in English which is where resources have already been deployed.

In Year 11 pupil premium students generally out-performed non-pupil premium students however their Progress 8 score was lowered by one student significantly under achieving in English.
Overall this provides clear evidence of the effectiveness of our interventions in closing gaps and ensuring our disadvantaged students do well compared to all students nationally. For next year a further in order to raise its rate towards that of the other components of Progress 8.