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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding given to schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupi ls and to help close the gap between those disadvantaged students and their peers.

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year we received the following funding for each child (from Year 7 - Year 11) registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 yea rs (Ever 6 ):

Secondary Ever 6 £935 per pupil

We also received £1,400 for each pupil who:

 had been ‘looked after’ for 1 day or more

 had been adopted from care

 had left care under:

 a special guardianship order

 a residence order

 a child arrangement order

27 % of our students were eligible for the PPG and the total amount of funding which we received was £ 36, 450

This was broken down as follows: Category

Amount per child

No. of Children**

Total Amount





Secondary Ever 6

£ 935


£ 17,765

Looked After Children (LAC)

Lagged funding from 2015 - 2016



£ 8,400

£10, 285

The Pupil Premium funding that is received annually by the school is used effectively in a variety of ways in order to improve pupil attainment and to help overcome any barriers to learning. We have utilised strategies from a variety of sources in an effort to ‘narrow the gap’ bet ween all groups of children so that everybody succeeds.

The Headteacher has the discretion to determine how this funding is spent in order to tackle the barriers to learning. We consider that all the pupils are ‘vulnerable’ compared to pupils in mainstream schools . To ensure that any pupil who needs it , gets the support they need to make maximum progress, the school match funds our Pupil Premium Grant money to enable us to offer a wider variety of interventions to a range of pupils across the school where there is a need, regardless of whether pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium Grant or not.

We have identified pupils across the school who were not making as much progress as their peers in a variety of areas, e.g. English, Maths, other curriculum areas, emotional wellbeing, communication , engagement etc. We then identified and provided appropriate interventions and support. We split the cost according to the percentage of pupils who were eligible for Pupil Premium, e.g. if an intervention cost £1000 for 10 pupils, 5 of whom were eligible for PPG, then £500 was allocated from PPG and £500 from the school budget. This enables us to provide the right intervention and support for all of our pupils across the school.


Pupil Premium Grant


Overall, there are no significant differences in progress between students who are eligible for Pupil Premium (free school me als or those who are looked after) in Maths.

Strand of Maths

Pupil premium

Whole school












There are no differences in progress between students who are eligible for Pupil Premium in reading and writing. There is one area of English, (speaking and listening), which shows differences between the progress of students who are eligible for Pupil Premium and tho se who are not in English, see table below:


Strand of English

Pupil premium

Whole school





76 %






We do not consider that these discrepancies in progress are due to these pupils being eligible for PPG. Within this cohort there are 7 students w ith ASC, 2 students who are non - verbal and 1 student who has Hearing Impairment , which equates to 62% of that particular cohort, which may explain this difference in progress in speaking and listening .  We have put interventions and actions in place to ensure these specific students are making as much progress as possible, given their inherent communication difficulties.

 Overall in English - 75 % of students eligible for Pupil Premium achieved at upper quartile.

 Overall in Maths - 81% achieved in the median and the upper quartile.

We consider that the PPG expenditure is effective in ensuring that pupils who are eligible for this money are making good and better than good progress. There are no significant differences in progress between pupils who are eligible for PPG and those who are not. The students have been enthusiastic about the extra learning opportunities provided increasing motivation, engagement, and attendance and improving behaviour.   

for more details on how the PPG has been spent, please see detailed reports below.

Sue Goldsworthy