Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is a type of funding which the school receives each year from the government. This extra money is allocated to every school and provides funding for two policies:

  • Raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
  • Support children & young people with parents in the regular armed forces

Click on the link below to see Conditions of Grant (2018-2019)


Click the link below to open our Pupil Premium Strategy:

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2018-2019

Impact Analysis Sept 2017 – Sept 2018

There were 205 students for whom we received this additional funding, which was 20.5% of the total number of students in our school. Due to the number of these students in our school we had been allocated the following amount of Pupil Premium:

Financial Year 2017-18: £185,718 (PP)

How we used the Pupil Premium

In line with our School Improvement Plan, we allocated funding for September 2017-August 2018 to the following areas:

  1. Mentoring– We employed 5 Learning Mentors for Key Stages 3 and 4 who worked with targeted students both within lessons and outside lessons. The Learning Mentors worked very closely with the Director of Learning for each Year Group, and with individual teachers, to implement Rapid Improvement Plans and strategies to raise attainment for the students. Data iswas collected to assess the impact of these interventions and support structures.

Cost £136,253

  1. Student Support Officer Sixth Form – We employed a Student Support Officer to deliver dedicated support to students in our Sixth Form. Whilst this work was not
    exclusively focussed on those students eligible for Pupil Premium funding, some of her work was specifically planned to meet the needs of these students. The Student Support Officer offered specialist IAG, intervention and attendance support, advice regarding study skills, organisation and independent learning.

In recent years a greater emphasis had been placed on Apprenticeship opportunities but the school still enjoyed a high success rate at applications and entry to university.


Application rates

% applying to university 88%
% attending to apprenticeship 12%

Year 13 Destinations 2017

The application process and information advice and guidance was led by the Director of Learning KS5 and supported by a F/T Sixth form dedicated Student Support Officer.  A programme of providers was invited into school to engage with the cohort and, in terms of the Baker clause, other providers were regularly given access to students.  Also a variety of trips were offered to visit centres including Russell group universities.  Inspira and a range of apprenticeship providers were also invited into school to engage with students about local opportunities, Pupil premium students were prioritised for all provision.

Tutors supported the tracking of student applications and also with the application processes.  Inspira and an internal careers guidance officer also provided independent advice and guidance to students prioritising those students who received the Pupil Premium grant.

  University College Apprenticeship Employment/Gap year
2018 54% 7% 32% 7%

Cost £3,321 10% of total annual cost

  1. Attendance Leader– This was a role with accountability for improving attendance across the school. Most of the work was focussed on those students who were eligible for Pupil Premium funding. The focus of this role was to reduce the number of persistent absentees; to reduce the number of unauthorised absences; to identify students who needed additional support and to use additional staff to deliver intervention and support plans to increase levels of attendance. This included working very closely with parents and families, including home visits. Attendance figures indicated that attendance for disadvantaged students improved and that persistent absenteeism decreased.

Data would suggest that additional support is required in this area.

Cost £17,500

4.Reading Recovery Programme (SRA Intervention)– We employed 1 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) to deliver a targeted programme of Reading Recovery for identified students in Key Stage 3. Other STAs delivered small group work as part of this programme. There was extensive data to demonstrate rapid progress of students who participated in this programme, with accelerated progression in their reading ages. We are now assessing the impact of improved reading ages across the curriculum.

  • In September 2014 there were 41 students participating in this programme: 12% improved their reading age by 6 months; 28% improved by 7-12 months; 10% improved by 13-18 months; 20% improved by 19-23 months and 30% improved by 24+ months.
  • In September 2015 there were 46 students participating in this programme: 18% improved their reading age by 6 months; 11% improved by 7-12 months; 17% improved by 13-18 months; 15% improved by 19-23 months and 39% improved by 24+ months.
  • In September 2016 there were 35 students participating in this programme: 6% improved their reading age by 6 months; 25% improved by 7-12 months; 31% improved by 13-18 months; 16% improved by 19-23 months and 22% improved by 24+ months.
  • In September 2017 there were 30 students participating in this programme: The mid-year data is very positive showing all students making progress: 7% improved their reading age by 6 months; 19% improved by 13-18 months; 15% improved by 19-23 months and 59% improved by 24+ months.


  • 16 disadvantaged students in KS3 took part

Over the programme

  • 19% made 6 months progress
  • 31% made 7 – 12 months progress
  • 19% made 13-18 months progress
  • 12% made 19-23 months progress
  • 19% made 24+ months progress

Cost £15,153

  1. Numeracy Support
  2. i) We employed 1 HLTA to deliver support for numeracy. It was targeted towards learners who showed a significant gap between their chronological age and their maths age (3+ years) or those learners who showed a maths age of below 8 years. (As indicated on their Numeracy Learner Profile Assessment in conjunction with the Sandwell Early Numeracy Test). For 2017-18, we had 38 learners who participated in the scheme. 95% showed an overall improvement while on the programme. 95% improved by up to and including 6 months, 76% improved by up to and including 12 months, 51% showed that they had improved their maths age of between 13 and 24 months with 3% improving their maths age by 24+ months.
  3. ii) Pupil Premium/Disadvantaged. 13 learners were classed as being Pupil Premium/ Disadvantaged. 92% showed an overall improvement while on the programme. 92% improved by up to and including 6 months, 54% improved by up to and including 12 months, 38% showed that they had improved their maths age of between 12 and 24 months with 1 learner leaving the intervention before completion.

Cost £15,153

  1. Health and Counselling Support– This was provided by external agencies, following an agreed referral system.

2017 – 2018- 53 students (Years 7-11)

Cost £9,000

  1. Homework system- The school introduced a system called Milk to encourage the completion of homework. This was a system based on the web.

Initial indications are that homework completion amongst those who received Pupil Premium improved.

Cost £1,000


  1. Trips and support- The school ensured that students were able to attend and participated in any enrichment activities with additional costs covered.


Year 7:           16

Year 8:           13

Year 9:           20

Year 10:        10

Year 11:         4

Year 12:        2

Year 13:        1

Cost £7,920




Total cost of provision for PP £ 225,730

£30,012 was spent in addition to the grant for Pupil Premium.