Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The government has allocated our school a sum of money which is called the ‘Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)’. The PPG provides funding for two policies:

  • raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
  • supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces

This will improve the educational chances of students who may find circumstances outside school challenging due to financial hardship or other issues.

The four identified groups are:

  • students who registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years from May 2012 to January 2018 – Ever 6 FSM,
  • students eligible for the service child premium since the January 2013 census as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time on the January 2018 school census – Ever 6 service child,
  • Students in local authority care – LAC,
  • Students who have ceased to be LAC due to adoption, a special guardianship order, child arrangement order or a residence order - Post-LAC.

Financial year 2018 to 2019

The PPG per pupil for 2018 to 2019 is as follows:

Disadvantaged Students

Pupil Premium per pupil

Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM


Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority


Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order


Service children

Pupil Premium per pupil

Pupils in year groups 7 to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence


The designated virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority will manage the PPG for student eligible for the £2,300 funding. Funding for these students does not go to their school. The VSH will ensure there are arrangements in place to discuss how the child will benefit from pupil premium funding with the designated teacher or another member of staff in the child’s education setting who best understands their needs.

For more information, please contact Paul McFadden, Deputy Headteacher, Olney campus.


The Funding - Our Aims

Funding for 2018/19 is expected to total a minimum of £220,000. This will be spent on targeted additional support strategies and interventions resulting in every student, however financially disadvantaged, being able to: 

  • Improve levels of attainment and progress with high expectations and standards
  • Nurture a thirst for knowledge and love of learning through excellent teaching
  • Have full access to the curriculum that will broaden horizons and develop character that include enriching opportunities
  • Work effectively with parents and offer personalised support and guidance

The essential point is to ensure that disadvantage does not hinder potential and to monitor, evaluate and intervene. We have taken guidance from the Ofsted pupil premium report (January 2013) and the relevant Sutton Trust report.

Barriers to Achievement

The school has identifed the following areas as barriers to achievement for students supported by the PPG. Deatails of how the barriers are addressed can be found in the full report below.

  1. Weak literacy and numeracy skills
  2. Medical, social and emotional barriers
  3. Material poverty in terms of resources for learning, space to work at home -
  4. Low self-esteem, aspiration and lack of resilience
  5. Poor parental engagement -
  6. Behaviour and Attitude to Learning-
  7. Poor attendance and punctuality-
  8. SEND

Deployment of Pupil Premium Funding

Full details of how the Pupil Premium funding is used to improve the attainment, progress and experiences of our students can be found in the PPG Report 2019 - February Update  by clicking on the link below. These strategies and initiatives are paid for from the PPG, which have been found to benefit pupil premium students.  

Resources - Curriculum and Teaching:

  • Lunchtime and after school homework club
  • Music tuition
  • Funding towards educational trips which are essential to the curriculum
  • Work experience
  • Funding of essential subject specialist equipment/resources
  • Small group and individual tuition especially for Y11 students prior to GCSE exams
  • Resources in the Personalised and Inclusive Learning Centres
  • Funding of school uniform where a need has been demonstrated

Resources - Staffing:

  • Contribution to the funding of the following roles:
  • Deputy Headteacher leading Pupil Premium strategy across the school
  • English & maths teacher
  • Academic/Pastoral Directors
  • Learning Mentors
  • HLTA - maths and literacy
  • Inclusion manager
  • SENSco and Assistant SENDco
  • Patroal Academic Leaders
  • Family Liaison Manager

Proposed strategies to narrow the attainment gap at both campuses (2018/2019)

  • Development of  data tracking that identifies the gaps and identifies students that are underachieving, but crucially why? For example this could be due to attendance, behaviour etc. Each student, where appropriate, will have a one to one pupil premium plan and interventions will be put in place.
  • High quality learning and teaching with a focus on student feedback, independent learning, development of thinking skills and clear day to day planning to meet the needs of each learner. Staff training to be focused accordingly.
  • Targeted support to improve attendance and behaviour, and to work closely with parents/guardians and carers etc.
  • Student mentor to work closely with pupil premium students in class and in the PILC.
  • Tailored individual support and resources provided in Maths, English and Science.
  • Member of SLT to ensure provision of good information, advice and guidance (IAG) for all pupil premium students in Year 9 and 11.
  • Access to a full range of educational experiences, that will include (numbers dependant) a residential trip for pupil premium students based on English and / or Maths progress, sporting events, Duke of Edinburgh, music, enrichment activities, careers and work experience.

Impact of Pupil Premium funding - Monitoring, Evaluation and Intervention

A pupil premium tracking system has been developed in order to monitor progress, attendance and behaviour. This is updated every term. Every Pastoral and Academic Leader (PAL) will meet with pupil premium students on a regular basis to support and discuss progress and issues. They will engage with whole school and external agencies if there are concerns regarding attendance and well-being. 

  2017 2018




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Non PP

School PP


Non PP


Non PP

Progress 8 -0.15 0.12 0.11 -0.21 0.22 0.13
Attainment 8 42.3 52.53 49.8 38.6 53.1 50.1
% Basics 5+ 44.2% 58.6% 49.4% 27% 57.2% 50.1%
% Basics 4+ 61.5% 81.4% 71.2% 49% 78.1% 71.5%
% Entered for the EBacc 23.1% 30.5% 43% 13% 41.2% 20%
% Achieving EBacc at grade 5/C or above 9.6% 23.1% 25% 13% 22.2% 20.2%
% Achieving EBacc at grade 4/C or above 10% 24.1% 28% 16% 29.1% 28.5%
% Staying in education or employment after Key Stage 4 86% 96% 96% 92% 98% 96%

The Department for Education introduced a change in methodology for calculating progress scores. This means 2018 scores are not directly comparable with 2016 and 2017 scores respectively.

Attainment 8 averages for 2017 and 2018 are not directly comparable. In 2018, the mix of unreformed and reformed GCSEs changed, with new GCSEs graded 9-1 introduced in 20 subjects.
Pupil Premium Report | PDF

Updated May 2019

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