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The Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is used for the benefit of students who are known to be eligible for free school meals or who have been eligible in the last six years as well as children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium is used to support Year 7 students who did not achieve at least Level 4 at the end of KS2.

Pupil Premium – we received £509k for 2019-20, including £6k for looked after children. The indicative allocation for 2020-21 is £446k.

Year 7 Catch-up grant – we received £15k for 2019-20. There is no allocation for 2020-21.

How the two types of premium are spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent.  We spend this money in a variety of ways to support students whose families are on a low income. The important thing is to make sure that the ways that it is spent have the highest possible impact on attainment and success.

How we spent the pupil premium and literacy and numeracy catch-up premium in 2019-20

Below are the specific interventions that support our efforts to raise the achievement of all students, including those eligible for Pupil Premium. Costings and percentages are rounded:

  • 1:1 tuition for English and Maths - £50,000
  • Increased staffing for core subjects (0.5fte) - £30,000
  • 3 x EAL specialist teachers - £160,000
  • 2 x literacy support workers including (HLTAs)  - £58,000
  • Literacy Centre (1fte) - £40,000
  • Dedicated management oversight for literacy and English support - £4,000
  • Dedicated Years 6-7 transition lead with a focus on literacy catch up - £72,000
  • Dedicated team to support students in terms of attendance and punctuality - £85,000 (Note: one new post created Sept. 2019.)
  • Dedicated Learning Support team to support student behaviour for learning (3 x fte) - £160,000
  • Continued use of interpreters to support assessment of EAL students and to support parents' evenings and meetings - £20,000
  • Continued focus upon examination board training for subject specialist teams - £20,000
  • Continued membership of PIXL club to support raising standards - £8,000
  • Increased availability of alternative provision for students at risk of exclusion - £30,000
  • Homework club/extended library hours and staffing - £12,000
  • GCSE option subject revision materials and programmes - £6,000
  • Revision materials and access to online resources (GCSEPod) - £15,000

Total spend = £770,000 of which £509,000 was spent on provision for pp eligible students - 66% of total. 

The Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up allocation of £15,000 funded curriculum and SEN resources, library resources and assessments (CATS and NGRT reading tests)

The following interventions are included within staffing costs:

  • Continued development of in-school seclusion facility as an alternative to temporary exclusion (1fte)
  • Period 6 for KS4 increases learning time for all pupils 
  • Mandarin Excellence Programme (2 class groups KS3) 
  • STEM programme (2 class groups KS3) 

How we measure impact

  • Continual monitoring and review of interventions/strategies
  • Systematic use of data to track the progress of students
  • The curriculum review process during the autumn term includes a review of eligible students' progress in individual subjects at KS4 and 5 


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