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
(please click above to access).
The Pupil Premium Strategy 2017-2018
|Autumn Census 2017||Autumn Census 2018|
|Total number of Students at WHSG||1452||1483|
Number of PP students on roll at
% PP students on roll at WHSG
2017-2018 Impact of Spend
% entering the
Average Point Score
|% achieving Grade 5
of above in
English and Maths
Total Expenditure £84,018
Barriers to future attainment (for pupils eligible for PP)
- Acceleration - students being unable to make expected progress
- Ineffective tracking and monitoring of outcomes or awareness of personalised need
- Curricular and Enrichment - students do not have sufficient access to additional clubs and resources, reducing their participations in wider school life. They will need direct intervention.
1. Students have access to study support through the whole school interventions ensuring their make expected progress.
|Study Support (Whole School Interventions)|
|Additional Sets in Core Subjects||
Strategy: To support learning in the classroom and effective feedback by making sure that classes are as small as possible. Specifically by creating 7 sets not 6 for KS4 core subjects.
Impact: Enables more frequent and intensive feedback and marking (both known to improve progress and attainment)
Strategy: Tracking, monitoring and mentoring students by Heads of Year, across KS3, KS4 and KS5 to support progress and attainment (in proportion to % of students)
Impact: Coaching and mentoring to support access to pupil premium interventions and improve progress and attainment
Strategy: Homework Club runs 4-5.30pm Mon-Fri in the LSC.
Impact: Provides study space and access to IT suite and Broadband (if not available at home) to improve learning opportunities.
|Counsellor & ELSA Services||
Strategy: Additional provision of specialist counselling for students experiencing emotional or Psychological difficulties and, where this is a barrier to learning, improved and personalised first tier emotional support.
Impact: Improved learning and engagement in lessons. Second tier support for students and experience in school shows a higher % of referrals from PP cohort (compared to whole school). Early intervention for lower level emotional needs to support improved learning and engagement.
2. School provides appropriate leadership, staffing and tracking systems to ensure PP outcomes are neutral or exceeds those of non PP students.
|Leadership, Staffing and Tracking|
Strategy: Targeted direction and leadership of the programme.
Impact: Personalised interventions from careful monitoring and understanding of the students.
Strategy: Co-ordinated and planned pupil premium interventions, initiatives, tracking and monitoring for whole school, including 6th form.
Impact: Personalised interventions have a measurable impact on progress and attainment.
|Data & Financial Analysis||
Strategy: Tracking and reporting progress and attainment data on pupil premium students (in % to number of students).
Impact: Tailored interventions in support of trends arising through data analysis.
3. To provide additional resources relating to careers guidance, IT resources, financial support in relation to participation in enrichment activities and texts for curriculum subjects to ensure all students are able to participate fully in wider school life, prepare for their futures beyond the classroom and make relevant levels of progress academically according to their starting point.
Strategy: Direct intervention and additional curriculum materials to support teaching and learning, including text books, online materials etc. Also new national curriculum and online focus ("Learning") included Accelerated Reader Programme.
Impact: All students masking progress at the predicted rate.
|Revision & 1.1 Sessions||
Strategy: Direct intervention to support teaching and learning, including 1:1 tuition, revision classes etc.
Impact: All students making progress at the predicted rate.
|Participation in Enrichment Activities||
Strategy: Direct interventions and financial support to students (and their familites) to enable participation in school-led enrichment activities, visits, uniform grants, direct curriculum materials (e.g. Food Tech ingredients), music lessons and/or Duke of Edinburgh.
Impact: 11-16 Bursary fully allocated and participation rates for Pupil Premium cohort rising.
|Careers Information, Advice and Guidance||
Strategy: Early and additional specialist careers and work experience guidance to widen opportunities and provide support for aspirational opportunities. Funding for Moresby Online Careers Service (as needed).
Impact: Increasing number of PPI students at Russell Group Universities, medical school and Oxbridge.
|Infrastructure and IT Investments||
Strategy: Provision of tablets on annual load basis, prioritised to FSM/PPI students. 2017-2018 has 23 students in Year 7.
Impact: Facilitates access to learning resources, internet resources and supports teaching and learning.
2019-2020 Planned Spend
During the academic year 2018-2019 we are projected to receive Pupil Premium funding for 92 students. The school will have the opportunity to review the academic success of our PP students following the results released in August 2019.
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.