Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 as an additional source of funding from central government aimed to close an attainment gap between students from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. The funding is expected to tackle social mobility issues, increasing the opportunities for those students for whom social disadvantage could lead to academic under performance or to disengagement with school, and thereby reducing the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving students nationally.

The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to provide extra support and resources for students from lower-income backgrounds. There is also a Services Premium for all students from services backgrounds, aimed at offering extra pastoral support for these students, with a recognition that family situations can mean that from time to time a focus on learning can be hard for these students.

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who:

  • Have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
  • Have been looked after continuously for more than six months
  • Are children of services personnel

The DfE has given us the freedom to use the pupil Premium as we see fit, based upon our knowledge of our pupil needs.

‘It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to school is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility’. Source DfE website

Our School

The Stonehenge School is an 11-16 mixed comprehensive school with around 640 pupils in a selective authority. The number of pupils currently registered for Free School Meals (FSM) is 8.5%, with 22% falling within our ‘ever 6’ cohort.

We also have 25% of our students coming from a services background.

In the financial year 2015-16 we received £117,810 in total for Pupil Premium. For the current academic year 2016-17 the school will receive £180,455.

Strategies used at our school

At The Stonehenge School, we are committed to ensuring all our students make the best possible progress. Our focus on ensuring students across the school receive the best standard of teaching benefits all students, including those qualifying for the pupil premium. We also track the achievement of every child on a regular basis and do all we can to ensure that every child achieves their potential. The Pupil Premium at The Stonehenge School supports high staffing levels ensuring reduced class sizes where vulnerable students are placed. Along with high quality teaching, attainment gaps are addressed by strong leadership, a personalised and relevant curriculum, a culture of high expectations and targeted intervention.

How we spend our funding

Based on the research completed by The Sutton Trust, we know that some of the most effective strategies to support disadvantaged students include: effective feedback, meta-cognition and self-regulation, peer tutoring, collaborative learning, behaviour interventions, social and emotional learning and parental involvement. In order to allow all of our students to ‘strive for excellence, exceed expectations’ we have founded our approach to narrowing the gap between vulnerable groups and other students on these practices.

You can find our full pupil premium strategy for the 2016/2017 academic year here 

Click here for a full plan for the use of our disadvantaged learner funding for 2016/2017.

Follow the link here for a breakdown of how our disadvantaged learner funding was spent in 2015-16

Additional Funding 

Last year, we also received a Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch up grant totalling £17,500

Literacy and numeracy catch up for students who achieved below level 4 in English or Reading and Maths in 2015. Click here to see our Evaluation of the Year 7 catch up premium.

A breakdown of our services premium funding is available on request. Please email busbyc@stonehenge.wilts.sch.uk for this information.

GCSE Results for our Pupil Premium students

Disadvantaged Students

Category

% FSM  ACHIEVING 2014

% FSM ACHIEVING 2015

% FSM ACHIEVING 2016

Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 Value Added

899

993.4

1006.12

Progress 8 Score

-0.8

-0.34

+0.02

Percentage achieving 5 A* - G

82%

88%

90%

Percentage achieving 5+ A* - C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths GCSEs

33%

16%

50%

Percentage achieving A* - C in English

39%

29%

80%

Percentage achieving A* - C in Maths

43%

42%

52.63%

Percentage of pupils making expected progress in English

43%

42%

95%

Percentage of pupils making expected progress in Maths

43%

48%

70%

Closing the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students

One of the governments key objectives is to dramatically narrow the gap between students that are eligible for the pupil premium and those that are not. This drive is also one of our key school improvement priorities. Please click here to see our four year trend.

Services students

The Stonehenge School has a long history of service children excelling at GCSE level. The 2016 cohort was no exception to this and once again outperformed their peers in many areas. Of particular note is the Service Children’s Progress 8 score which measures a child’s performance in comparison to their expected outcomes. For Services Students in 2016 this score was +0.37 compared to +0.19 to Non- Service children.

Other achievements of Year 11 students receiving the Services Pupil Premium Grant in 2015 and 2016 were:

Category

2015 Services pupils

2015 Whole school

2016 Services pupils

2016  Whole school

5 A*-C inc English and Maths

63%

60%

70.97%

64.52%

5A*-B

30%

30%

25.81%

30.65%

5 A*-G

96%

96%

96.77%

96.77%

A*-C in Maths

63%

73%

86.67%

70.73%

A*-C in English

77%

69%

83.87%

80.65%

 All Data taken from 4Matrix and RAISEOnline