Pupil Premium

School Profile

Year 7 – 77 pupils (24% of cohort) – This cohort has come into Year 7 with 32% under Age Related Expectations (ARE) for reading and 35% under ARE in maths. There are more LAC pupils in this year group and many pupils with social, emotional issues who need access to our Diamonds provision.

Year 8 – 87 pupils (26% of cohort) – This cohort has the largest percentage of Pupil Premium pupils. 33% of these pupils have reading age below 11 years. There are three pupils with reading age below 5 years old. Their average substep in maths last year was 3 compared with NPP. Twenty Pupil Premium pupils made no progress in maths last year (12 boys and 8 girls). Average attendance last year was 93% with ten pupils below 85% attendance.

Year 9 – 75 pupils (25% of cohort) – This cohort has an average step in English of 4A compared with 5B which is that of their peers. In maths PP pupils have an average step of 5C compared with their peers whose average progress was 6C. Of the top twenty performing PP pupils in this year group, only five are boys. Cohort’s average attendance is 92%.

Year 10 – 78 pupils (22% of cohort) – This cohort has an average attendance of 90.45%.  Only 37% are predicted to achieve a positive P8 score in maths and 35% in open bucket subjects. Boys continue to underachieve in English and girls in maths. PP boys in this year group receive a larger number of behaviour concerns. There are a number of girls with poor attendance and attitude to learning. Of the twenty underperforming pupils, thirteen are boys.

Year 11 – 54 pupils (18% of cohort) – This cohort has low literacy levels and, on average, lower reading ages than their peers. Middle and high ability PP pupils are underachieving in every bucket, particularly boys in English and high achieving girls in maths. The average attendance of this cohort last year was 89% There are concerns around this group being passive learners.

School has 363 disadvantaged pupils which constitutes 23% (correct in September 2018).

Strategy overview 2018-19 (including Year 7 catch-up premium)

Full Pupil Premium school strategy and spending plan can be downloaded here.

Our whole school strategy identifies 9 key areas to focus on throughout 2018/2019.

  • Key focus A: Literacy levels of all disadvantaged pupils are in line with their peers.  There is a relentless focus from all teachers on improving the literacy levels of our disadvantaged pupils.
  • Key focus B: Improved levels of ambition and motivation are seen in PP pupils. Pupils feel supported in organisational aspects of their life. Pupils find ways to manage their mental health issues so they can continue to make progress.
  • Key focus C: The progress made by PP boys, especially those of middle and high ability is in line with their peers in every year group.
  • Key focus D: PP high ability girls make equal amount of progress in maths as all boys.
  • Key focus E: The progress made by PP boys, especially those of middle and high ability is in line with their peers in every year group.
  • Key focus F: A greater number of PP parents/carers attending consultation evenings and support evenings.  Greater proportion of positive contact home to the parents/carers of vulnerable pupils is made.
  • Key focus G: There will be greater attendance of key PP pupils at after school support sessions and a larger uptake for learning opportunities during school holidays and weekends.
  • Key focus H: There will be increased participation for PPs in extracurricular clubs and activities.
  • Key focus I: The vast majority of PPs have over 95% attendance.