Pupil premium

 What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated by the Department for Education to the College on the basis of the numbers of children who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Children Looked After (LAC)
    • Children who are currently in foster care or under the care of an English local authority.
  • Children Previously Looked After (Post-LAC)
    • The Pupil Premium for 2016 – 2017 will include students 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.
  • Ever 6/Free School Meals (FSM)
    • The Pupil Premium for 2016 – 2017 will include students recorded in the January 2016 school census who are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM / Ever 6) in any of the previous six years (since Summer 2010), as well as those first known to be eligible at January 2016.
  • Ever 6 Service Child
    • A pupil recorded in the January 2016 school census who was eligible for the service child premium since the January 2011 school census as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time on the January 2016 school census.  Eligibility is determined by a student having a parent serving in the British Armed Forces.

The expectation is that this additional funding will be used to support eligible students and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.

The College’s Pupil Premium Policy provides further information about our commitment to closing the attainment gap between eligible students and their non-eligible peers.

Using the Pupil Premium Grant this year (2016 – 2017)

44 Students meet the eligibility criteria for Pupil Premium: 














Type of Premium

Amount (£) per person

Number of Eligible Students

Total (£)

Children Looked After (LAC)




Children Previously Looked After (Post-LAC)




Ever 6/Free School Meals 




Ever 6 Service Child






      Total                                 49,570     


The College regularly reviews the use of Pupil Premium funding and how it is used.

During the 2016 – 2017 academic year the College’s Pupil Premium Coordinator will continue working closely with the Designated Teacher for Pupil Premium, Faculty Heads and subject teachers in order to identify areas where additional support and resources can be made available to accelerate the progress of the College’s Pupil Premium cohort. Mr Gilman’s primary focus will continue to be the core subjects (Maths, English and Science) whilst also working with other faculties to drive a coordinated strategy across the college.

Support and resources for Pupil Premium students will include:

  • In-class support for students and staff through a structured team-teaching approach.
  • Targeted withdrawal sessions for pre-teaching and reinforcement of learning.
  • One-one tutoring and mentoring sessions.
  • Use of differentiated resources to help personalise students’ learning.
  • Purchase of appropriate technology to facilitate access to the curriculum, support differentiated learning and accelerate progress.
  • Support for the funding of school trips.
  • Funding for revision sessions.
  • Provision of specialist teaching and pastoral support.
  • Staff training to maximise the effectiveness, tracking and outcomes of Pupil Premium expenditure.
  • Provision of specialist teaching materials/equipment.
  • Peer mentoring.
  • Provision of subject specific technology to help identify knowledge/skills gaps and tailor learning experiences.
  • Access to Summer Camp for a range of learning and reinforcement experiences.
  •  Mr. Gilman’s continues to focus on increasing progress and raising attainment in core subjects, particularly literacy and numeracy.  Mr Gilman works closely with many departments, in particular the English, Mathematics and Science departments where he supports teachers in lessons as well leading short withdrawal sessions for eligible students to reinforce classroom learning.  We recognize the importance of all students having access to academic trips and visits and therefore the Pupil Premium Grant will be used to offer subsidies if required.  The College will use the Pupil Premium Grant to provide a 100% subsidy for GCSE revision courses (usually Easter) for eligible students in Year 11.  We will continue to provide private tutoring for examination students and some younger students who require additional support.  In addition we will continue to support other initiatives which may reduce barriers to learning and increase attainment on an individual needs basis.


The information below provides details of how the College spent the grant and importantly the impact on our students for the 2015 – 2016 academic year.

How much money did the College receive?

For the 2015 – 2016 academic year the College received the following Pupil Premium grant:

Type of Premium

Amount (£) per person

Number of Eligible Students

Total (£)

Children Looked After (LAC)




Children Previously Looked After (Post-LAC)




Ever 6 Free School Meals 




Ever 5 Service Child






        Total                                    39,335    


Use of the Pupil Premium (2015 – 2016)

The College used the Pupil Premium to narrow the attainment gap by addressing inequalities and raising the attainment of all eligible students.

The College provided targeted additional support ensuring that every eligible student is able to:

  • Improve their levels of attainment and progress
  • Close attainment gaps relative to College averages
  • Have full access to our curriculum
  • Access our extra-curriculum programme

The Pupil Premium expenditure was supported from the general College budget

The total number of targeted students was 35.  Interventions for each student were decided on an individual, needs-led basis. This meant that students could benefit from more than one intervention at any one time.

Area of Spend


Total Budgeted Cost

Contribution from Pupil Premium

Description of Intervention

where identified by Sutton Trust/Hattie

Intended Outcomes

How impact is to be measured

Impact of the Intervention

Pupil Premium Co-ordinator



Mr Gilman uses data, professional judgement and regular communication with subject teachers to undertake early intervention. 

+6 months

Identify students who require additional support at an early stage. Provide intervention strategies to enable student to close gaps with peers.

Measuring students’ progress towards target grades.  Feedback from students, parents and teachers.  Positive results from College data and tracking systems.

Strong quantitative and qualitative evidence to support the work of Mr Gilman. Feedback from students, parents and teachers  is unanimously positive

Subsides for College Trips



Pupil Premium cohort will be provided with subsidised College trips, ensuring inclusion in all appropriate trips and activities

+3 months


Ensure full access to all curriculum opportunities for all students.  Ensuring inclusion

Number of students receiving subsidies and decrease in number of students declining trips stating financial reasons

Students attending academic trips and progress being made by all participants. Increases in confidence, communication skills of participants noticed by families and College staff.

Counselling and Family Support Workers



The College employs a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT), and a  Behaviour Consultant


Improved well-being, organisation, attendance or punctuality of the cohort.  Improved behaviour management and strategies for coping with anxiety during examination period

Attendance, Punctuality and detention figures.  Students demonstrating improved resilience and coping strategies.  Reduced referrals to CAMHS

Attendance, Punctuality and Detentions in line with College averages for non-Pupil Premium cohort.

Students making academic progress.

Additional subsidies to individual departments



Subject leaders bid for additional funds to support Pupil Premium eligible students.

Art – additional equipment for students


Art  – ensure students are fully equipped for lessons

Art  – reduction in number of occasions students are unable to fully engage due to shortage of equipment

Art  – reported reduction in shortage of equipment / increased learning time / reduction in barrier to learning


Subsidies for Private Tutoring & Revision Courses



One-to-one intensive tutoring for short, regular sessions over a set period of time.

Structured revision courses with a subject expert.

Private tutoring.

+5 months

Improvements in Numeracy and Literacy and performance in music

Measuring progress through regular testing

Acceleration in progress from students attending these sessions

Staff Training



Staff attendance at training course to identify current best practices in the use and monitoring of Pupil Premium

Ensure most effective and efficient use of Pupil Premium

Dissemination of information to colleagues.

Evidence of improved practice within classrooms from lesson observations

Improvements in use of pupil premium.

Improved outcomes for cohort

Summer Camp

(See Below for details)



+3 months




Lesson materials and differentiated learning resources



Preparation of differentiated learning resources


Identified students are able to access the curriculum more easily thereby removing of barriers to learning

Engagement in lessons and activities

Accelerated learning due to improved access to material


If you require further information about the Pupil Premium Grant, please contact Mr Mackenzie at the College, preferably using the following email address:



Year 7 Catch-Up Premium and Summer Camp Premium

Catch-Up Premium was introduced by the Government in September 2012, providing a grant of £500 for each student who started year 7 and who had not reached a level 4 in reading or maths at key stage 2.

A change was made to the funding criteria in September 2016 when the Government froze the national budget for Catch-Up Premium and created a link between the total grant paid in 2015-2016 and the total number of students starting at a given school in year 7. This meant that, irrespective of the number of students reaching level 4 (or the equivalent), the total Catch-Up Premium payable was pro-rata to a school’s total year 7 intake. The premium payable increased if the total year 7 intake increased, reduced if the total year 7 intake reduced and remained static if the year 7 intake was unchanged.

Use of the Catch-Up Premium 2015-2016

In 2015-2016 the College received a total of £3000 in respect of Catch-Up Premium. This was utilised for:

·         A Summer Camp created to support the development of literacy and numeracy as well as other valuable skills.

·         Additional reading support and clubs.

·         Withdrawal groups providing differentiated lessons.

·         Additional support in lessons through increased staffing for lower ability groups.

Impact of the Catch-Up Premium 2015-2016

In 2015-2016, support given through the Catch-Up Premium lead to:

·         Improvements in reading skills.

·         Improvements in mathematics and general numeracy including problem-solving and the ‘real-world’ application of mathematics and numbers.

Use of the Catch-Up Premium 2016-2017

In 2016-2017 the College’s Catch-Up Premium remained unchanged. This has been used to improve student attainment and outcomes through:

·         A contribution towards the cost of the College’s annual Summer Camp in August 2017. The programme will include activities and learning experiences supporting the development of literacy and numeracy.

·         Additional reading support and clubs.

·         Withdrawal groups providing differentiated lessons.

·         Additional support in lessons through increased staffing for lower ability groups.

·         Access to subject specific technology designed to help identify individual development areas and tailored teaching solutions (Maths Whizz).

·         A contribution towards the implementation of Read/Write Gold within College with the option for students to have this installed on their own computers at no personal cost.

·         The purchase of additional learning resources to support accelerated progress in English.