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Deprivation Pupil Premium is awarded according to the number of students who are entitled to receive Free School Meals (FSM) or have been eligible at any point in the last six years. Service Pupil Premium is awarded according to the number of students who are from service families.
We aim to ensure that all students from low-income backgrounds can access the curriculum fully, also access the wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities we offer and have similar career aspirations to those of other students. We regularly monitor and track the progress of all students, with particular reference to students in vulnerable groups, including those identified as Pupil Premium. Our data shows that the vast majority of Pupil Premium students achieve outcomes in line with non-Pupil Premium students.
These figures can fluctuate year on year due to the small number of eligible students in each academic year and comparative data can vary greatly depending on outcomes of individual students in the cohort.
Pupil Premium funding enables us to invest in:
- Individualised support for students through a Learning Coach, dedicated Student Support Managers, a counsellor and Peer Mentoring
- Support for smaller classes in core subjects in Key Stage 4
- Curriculum support such as revisions sessions and one-to-one interventions including small group support sessions after school and on-line tutoring
- Study skill and revision skill support, including purchase of revision materials
- GCSE revision classes during the holidays
- Additional enrichment activities both in an out of school
- Hardship fund for students requiring direct financial support for extra-curricular activities, such as music tuition, school trips, transport to and from school and uniform
- Careers and higher education advice to help students avoid deprivation in the future.
A Director of Curriculum has responsibility for Pupil Premium and meets regularly with the Learning Coach and Student Support Managers to discuss the needs of Pupil Premium students and how they can be addressed effectively.