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. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit.
Headteacher’s and school governing bodies are accountable for the impact of pupil premium funding in the following ways:
- performance tables, which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
- requiring schools to publish details online each year of how they are using the pupil premium and the impact it is having on pupil achievement
- the Ofsted inspection framework, where inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium
Our funding in 2021-22 is £985 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 £1,200 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.
Our Objectives in spending the Pupil Premium Grant:
- To remove barriers to learning so to ensure Pupil Premium students continue to make progress at least in line with their peers in the School and maintain results greater than national measures of expected progress.
- To ensure Pupil Premium students show consistency across all their subjects and achieve results in line with their peers
- To support social and emotional development that enables students to learn.
- To broaden experiences and widen opportunities for students by ensuring they have access to and are fully engaged in all aspects of WHSG life.
- Attendance of PP students is consistent with that of other students or higher and achieves the school’s target of 97%.
Bursaries for young people in defined vulnerable Groups
As a parent or carer, you may be eligible to receive Free School Meals and funding for your child’s school through the Pupil Premium if you receive eligible benefits. Please check whether you are eligible using the detailed information on the London Borough of Sutton webpage, and, if eligible, please apply directly via the London Borough of Sutton webpage (this includes all families whose daughter attends Wallington High School for Girls, regardless of whether you live in the London Borough of Sutton).
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 clicking here.
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 to apply for extra funding:
We are happy to consider extra funding for PP students to ensure they have full access to the school experience. If you would like to ask for support with something school related then please fill out this form by clicking here.
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 2019-20 will be used in supporting these students at A Level and in preparing them for higher education.