What is the Pupil Premium (PP)?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding paid to schools in respect of their disadvantaged students (students who have been registered for free schools meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years or are looked after continuously by the local authority for more than1 day). Schools receive this funding to support their eligible students and narrow the attainment gap between them and their peers.

Our funding in 2018-19 is £935 per student for those who have been recorded as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years (Ever 6 FSM). We also receive pupil premium plus of £2,300 for the following students:

  • Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority
  • Children 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

Bursaries for young people in defined vulnerable Groups

Students who meet one of the 4 criteria below (plus the other criteria for age and residency) and who have a financial need can apply for a bursary for vulnerable groups of up to £1,200 per year (if they are participating on a study programme that lasts for 30 weeks or more; a pro-rata amount is paid to students on study programmes of less than 30 weeks). This reflects that students in these groups may need a greater level of support to enable them to continue to participate. Institutions must ensure that students are eligible for the bursary for defined vulnerable groups in each year they require support.

The defined vulnerable groups are students who are:

  • in care
  • care leavers
  • receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner
  • receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right.

Free School Meals

Parents/Carers can check their eligibility for free school meals (FSM) by going to:-


If eligible then they should apply for FSM directly via the London Borough of Sutton www.sutton.gov.uk and search free school meals.

How we spend the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) to maximise achievement:

  • Carefully ring-fencing the funding so that we always spend it on improving the outcomes for PP students and to ensure that all students enjoy the full education and experience at our school
  • Drawing on research evidence (such as the Sutton Trust toolkit and Education Endowment Foundation) and our own evidence to ensure value for money
  • Understanding the importance of ensuring that all day-to-day teaching meets the needs of each student, rather than relying on interventions to compensate for teaching that is less than good
  • Appointing a Designated Senior Leader who has a clear overview of spending and interventions
  • Ensuring that Subject teachers know which students are eligible for the PPG so that they can take responsibility for accelerating their progress
  • Having a clear model for spending the PPG
  • Ensuring Governors know how the PPG is spent
  • Although the PP funding covers students in years 7-11, some of the budget in 2018-19 will be used in supporting these students at A Level and in preparing them for higher education.
  • Providing support for the emotional wellbeing of PP students
  • Ensuring that the attendance of PP students is excellent.

The Pupil Premium Strategy

In 2017-18 our disadvantaged students performed very close to non-disadvantaged students with a progress 8 score of 1.04 compared to 1.17. As a result of this we are very pleased that we came 14th in the country for disadvantaged student attainment.

How we spent our pupil premium funding and the impacts of this can be seen below but in summary 24% of spending went on staffing and staff development, 48% on specific curriculum support and 28% on curricular enrichment: 

How We Spent our Pupil Premium Funding 2017-18





Staffing and Staff development

Designated senior leader in charge of pupil premium















Personalised interventions and tracking for PP students including mentoring


Designated administrative support for pupil premium

Data identifies trends in PP student performance


Tracking, monitoring and mentoring by Head of Year

Additional time for ELSA and counsellor (equivalent to one additional day each)

Intervention adapted to address trend (i.e larger English tuition cohort)


Study Support


Additional Sets In Core Subjects. Specifically by creating 7 sets not 6 for KS4 core subjects

















Progress 8 for Disadvantaged students 1.04 (14th nationally)


Intervention Support in English


Study Skills Day for year 11 cohort



ELSA and Counsellor, Educational and Clinical Psychologist

Emotional support available without the need to pay privately and to replace reduced Borough provision


Cognus Attendance Service (formerly Borough Attendance Service)

PP student attendance at 95.5%. Target of 96%

Curricular Enrichment

Provision of tablet computers to each PP student

















Disadvantage does not hinder opportunity


Payment for enrichment activities taking place in school time as well as leadership opportunities like D of E and CCF, creative pursuits such as LAMDA and RAD and music lessons, uniform grants and resources for Design and Technology.

Disadvantage does not hinder opportunity


PP students are prioritised for a careers talk from the careers advisor


Tracking now introduced into Sixth form to track PP student destinations


Provision of curriculum materials such as textbooks and revision guides, art materials, digital equipment to ensure equal access for PP students

Progress 8 for Disadvantaged students 1.04 (14th nationally) - Disadvantage does not hinder progress

Total Spend 2017-18



Departmental Spend


% of total curriculum spend



Computer Science


English (tuition %)

32 (22.5)



















Year Group Spend by % of spend

Year group

% of total student spend











Catch Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives state-funded schools, including special schools and alternative provision settings, additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or Maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). A scaled score of 100 will always represent the expected standard on the test.


We do not currently have any students on roll in Year 7 who are eligible for the catch-up premium.  All our students have scaled scores above 100. In 2017-2018 we did not have any students on roll in Year 7 who are eligible for the catch-up premium.