Pupil Premium Funding

The Pupil Premium Grant

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and those children in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds.

Recent Amendments to Pupil Premium Funding

  • From September 2014, Pupil Premium will now be known as ‘disadvantaged pupils’ premium
  • For the 2015/16 financial year, Pupil Premium (ever 6) funding will remain at £935 per secondary student.
  • ‘Pupil premium plus’ was introduced for 2014/15. This entitles the following students to a higher rate of funding:
  1. Looked-after children (LAC) £1900
  2. Children adopted from care £1900
  3. Children who leave care under a special guardianship order or residence order.
  • Service Premium: extra funding for schools to support children and young people with parents in the armed forces.

In the financial year 2015 to 2016, schools will receive £300 for each eligible pupil.

Objectives in spending PPG:

In line with our Mission Statement “We work, learn, pray, grow together”, we expect all students to reach their potential regardless of any perceived or actual disadvantage.

Pupil Premium funding enables us to target resources even more effectively to ensure that disadvantaged students (as identified as those entitled to and receiving FSM or who have in the last 6 years received FSM) have the same academic, social and cultural opportunities as any other child.

Finally, as a school we strive to maintain our “closing of the gap” between different groups of students such as those on FSM, to ensure all students achieve the required experiences and qualifications to proceed to further and higher education or to follow the most appropriate pathway enabling them to integrate into the wider community.

Specifically PPG allows us to:

·       Ensure students who lack confidence have a variety of opportunities to develop their ambition and aim high at all times.

·       Ensure students who may find it difficult to study independently at home receive support and resources at school either before, during or after the school day.

·       Ensure students who may have had gaps in their learning to catch up with their peers and make expected progress.

·       Ensure students who may not have been exposed to the advantages of further and higher education to have this experience demystified for them and made attractive and accessible.

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure Report 2014/15

Total number of students on roll

(January 2015 census)

Total Number of Ever 6 pupils 401
Total Number of Looked-after children  
Total amount of funding received  

Performance of Disadvantaged Pupils

Performance of disadvantaged pupils – Pupil Premium (PP)
  2014 2015
  PP Students Non PP Students PP Students Non PP Students
  CCCC Gap CCCC National Average CCCC Gap CCCC National Average
% of pupils making expected progress in English 64% 14% 78% 72% 55% 21% 76%
% of pupils making expected progress in mathematics 53% 26% 79% 72% 44% 29% 73%
% of students achieving 5A*-C EM 42% 27% 69% 60% 28% 36% 64%

Spending for 2014/15

Area Initiatives to help ‘Close the Gap’ Costs




Increased staff support for students












·      KS3 Intervention Lead for Literacy and Numeracy providing intensive 1:1 or small group tuition in Mathematics and English for pupils not making expected progress

·      KS4 Intervention Lead – working as above

·      English HLTA

·      Mathematics HLTA

·      Specialist teachers of Mathematics, English, Science and RE providing extra small group or 1 to 1 classes

·      After school and holiday catch-up classes for GCSE Years 10 and 11 with targeted support

·      Holiday revision classes for GCSE years 10 and 11

·      Dedicated revision nights for English, Mathematics and Science plus further revision sessions for other subjects

·      Supervised ‘Curriculum Support’ for students who find it difficult to work after school. Access to required facilities (e.g. ICT, Technology machinery)

·      Off-site Learning – Opportunities are made available for students to study work-based learning

·      Designated English Across the Curriculum leader. Provides literacy tasks for form time, increases the profile of literacy in school, runs a ‘buddy’ reading scheme.

·      Designated Maths Across the Curriculum leader. Provides numeracy tasks for form time, increases the profile of numeracy in school, ensures numeracy policy is followed by all departments

·      Online catch up support for English (Lexia) and Mathematics (Passport Maths)

·      Maths and English Intervention Forms

·      Mentoring Programme for Year 11 pupils

·      Level 3 writing intervention

·      New pastoral structure with Progress Leaders focussing on academic learning and progress

·      Safer schools police officer

·      Attendance officer providing focused intervention with pupils and families

·      Use of outside agencies to provide bespoke tuition in a range of subjects


Development of Whole School Policies and Staff Training







·      CPD to develop a range of Teaching and Learning strategies and resources used by all teachers to advance progress of disadvantaged pupils

·      Regular ‘blog’ to promote these strategies

·      Tracking and Monitoring of all pupils 6 times a year with focus on the progress of disadvantaged pupils compared to others.






Enrichment Activities and Extra Resources







·      Subsidised enrichment trips across all year groups

·      Hardship fund for helping with the cost of uniform, equipment and books

·      Breakfast Club for students with varying social and/or academic need

·      Primary/Secondary school collaboration days

·      Catholic Care – working with pupils and families to help break down barriers to learning

·      Ed lounge for pupils to catch up on work when missing school

·      Arts activities to improve confidence and increase participation


·      Guest Speakers

·      Music lessons – free to all disadvantaged pupils

·      Food technology – ingredients provided

·      Life skills for SEND pupils

·      Independent travel training

·      Exam access testing

·      After school sports sessions