Pupil Premium / Catch Up Funding

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 2017-2018


What is Catch Up Funding?

“The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2.”  DfE


The school receives an extra £500 for each Year 7 student who has not achieved at least a scaled score of 100 in English and/or maths at Key Stage 2. For 2016/17 the total Catch Up Grant fund is £21,000.


Impact Analysis April 2017 – April 2018


There are currently 205 students for whom we receive this additional funding, which is 20.5% of the total number of students in our school. Due to the number of these students in our school we have been allocated the following amount of Pupil Premium:

Financial Year 2017-18: £185,718 (PP) + £21,000 (catch-up)


How we use the Pupil Premium

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


  1. Mentoring


We employ 5 Learning Mentors for Key Stages 3 and 4 who work with targeted students both within lessons and outside lessons. The Learning Mentors work 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 is collected to assess the impact of these interventions and support structures.

Cost £136,253


  1. Student Support Officer Sixth Form


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


In recent years a greater emphasis has been placed on Apprenticeship opportunities but the school still enjoys 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 are led by the Director of Learning KS5 and supported by a F/T Sixth form dedicated Student Support Officer.  A programme of providers are invited into school to engage with the cohort and in terms of the Baker clause, other providers are regularly given access to students.  Also a variety of trips are offered to visit centres including Russell group universities.  Inspira and a range of apprenticeship providers are also invited into school to engage with students about local opportunities, Pupil premium students are prioritised for all provision.

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

  All PP
University 70% 80%
Apprenticeship 21%
Gap year 7% 20% (University next year)
Other 2%

Cost £3,321 10% of total annual cost


  1. Attendance Leader


This is a role with the accountability for improving attendance across the school. Most of the work is focussed on those students who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding. The focus of this role is to reduce the number of persistent absentees; to reduce the number of unauthorised absences; to identify students who need additional support and to use additional staff to deliver intervention and support plans to increase levels of attendance. This includes working very closely with parents and families, including home visits. Attendance figures indicate that attendance for disadvantaged students has improved and that persistent absenteeism has decreased. See attached document for yearly figures. This is a significant improvement and exceeds the national averages.














Cost £17,500



  1. Reading Recovery Programme (SRA Intervention)

We employ 1 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) to deliver a targeted programme of Reading Recovery for identified students in Key Stage 3. Other STAs deliver small group work as part of this programme. There is extensive data to demonstrate rapid progress of students participating 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.

Cost £15,153


  1. Numeracy Support


  1. i) We employ 1 HLTA to deliver support for numeracy. It is targeted towards learners who show a significant gap between their chronological age and their maths age (3+ years) or those learners who show 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 have had 38 learners participate in the scheme. 95% have shown 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 have improved their maths age of between 13 and 24 months with 3% improving their maths age by 24+ months.
  2. ii) Pupil Premium/Disadvantaged. 13 learners are classed as being Pupil Premium/ Disadvantaged. 92% have shown 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 have 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 is provided by external agencies, following an agreed referral system.


Cost £9,000


  1. Homework system


The school has introduced a system called Milk to encourage the completion of homework.  This is a system based on the web.

Initial indications are that homework completion amongst those who receive Pupil Premium is improving.


Cost £1,000


  1. Trips and support


The school ensures that students are able to attend and participate 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

£9,012 spent in addition to the grant for Pupil Premium.