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 2017-18 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 £1,900 for the following students

- identified in the January 2016 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local-authority care as a result of one of the following

  • a special guardianship order
  • adoption
  • a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)

- who has been in local-authority care for 1 day or more

- recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local-authority care)

For CLA  (Children Looked After) in the sixth form there is the ‘Vulnerable Groups Bursary’ of £1,200. These students are usually living apart from their parents/carers, so they can get social security benefits in their own right. The defined vulnerable groups are:

  • young people in care, including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
  • young care leavers
  • young people getting Income Support or the equivalent Universal Credit (UC) in their own right
  • young people getting both Disability Living Allowance (or the new Personal Independence Payments) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) (or Universal Credit as a replacement for ESA) 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 2017-18 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

We were thrilled that for 2016-2017 our FSM students outperformed non-FSM students. As a result of our pupil premium strategy we came 6th in the country for FSM student attainment. A link to the data and associated Schools Week article can be found here:-


How we spent our pupil premium funding and the impacts of this can be seen below but in summary 22% of spending went on staffing and staff development, 47% on specific curriculum support and 32% on curricular enrichment:

How We Spent our Pupil Premium Funding 2016-17






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

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 FSM students 1.2 (6th nationally)


Intervention Support in Core Subjects



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)

Target of 96% exceeded for PP students

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 FSM students 1.2 (6th nationally) - Disadvantage does not hinder progress

Total Spend 2016-17


 Departmental Spends


2016-17 % of total spend ‘Specific Curriculum Support’ budget



Business Studies


Computer Science




Food Technology
















Study Support Day


 Year Group Spends

Year Group

2016-17 % of total spend ‘Specific Curriculum Support’ budget












Catch Up Premium 

The Catch Up Premium is a grant of £500 for every student that arrives at our school with a Key Stage 2 level below a level 4 for either mathematics or English (reading). The money is spent helping students to improve their mathematics or reading to help them access all of the Key Stage 3 curriculum.

We currently do not have any students on roll in Year 7 who achieved less than a level 4 in KS2 mathematics or English (reading).

We received £500 in the academic year 2013/14 for one student (Student A) who had attained level 3 English Reading in her KS2 SATs.