Pupil Premium funding provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school or academy receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. Pupil Premium goes to students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); or who have been continuously looked after for the past six months or who have been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order. In addition, funding is also allocated to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.
Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium in a way that they think will best support the raising of attainment for students attracting Pupil Premium funding. How the Pupil Premium funding is spent is monitored closely and schools are accountable for demonstrating the impact of the funding that they have been allocated.
During the current academic year 2015/2016 we expect to receive in the region of £21,000 pupil premium funding in support of 23 girls. This money will be used to ensure that eligible girls receive a laptop to use in school, are supported financially so that they may access music tuition, school trips and educational books and resources as well as paying for the school counsellor to be retained so that they may call on additional support if needed.
In 2015 there was only one student eligible for Pupil Premium funding in Year 11 and it is therefore statistically unreliable to make comparisons between these results and the National and school trends and we are also sensitive that publishing detailed information could be attributed back to individual students. However, the Average Points Score (APS) information per student at GCSE shows that results for Pupil Premium students were significantly above the National averages although slightly below the high standards of the school itself. The Senior Leadership team monitor progress of groups of students including Pupil Premium students to ensure that specific interventions can be considered in time to improve outcomes where necessary.
In the previous academic year 2014/2015 the school again received in the region of £21,000 in support of 24 girls and funding and this was used to ensure that eligible girls receive a laptop to use in school, are supported financially so that they may access music tuition, school trips and educational books and resources as well as paying for the school counsellor to be retained so that they may call on additional support if needed. In 2014 there was again only one student eligible for Pupil Premium funding who sat GCSE examinations and APS data shows that they achieved significantly above the National expectation and slightly above the average for the school itself.