The Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the Department for Education to enhance the education of the most socio-economically deprived students. Allocation of funding is made based on the number of disadvantaged students who meet the following criteria:
Students in receipt of free school meals (FSM) or have been within the last six years (FSM6)
Children in care (LAC)
Students who have at least one parent in the Armed Forces (SPP).
These criteria are the main measure of deprivation available to schools and the link between these criteria and school underachievement nationally is very strong. The academic abilities of our students are above the national average and this is reflected in our results. Schools receive Pupil Premium funding to support their eligible pupils and narrow the attainment gap between them and their peers.
The Pupil Premium from 2014-15 has been £935 per eligible pupil (FSM/Ever 6 FSM), £2300 (CLA) and £300 (Service / Service Ever 6). Schools are free to spend the funding as they see fit but they are accountable for ensuring that it is used to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups.
A curriculum and focused additional intervention strategies resulting in every student, however financially disadvantaged, being able to maximise their potential through:
Improving levels of attainment and progress
Accessing a full range of enrichment opportunities.
We have applied pupil premium funding to achieve this through developing a comprehensive learning experience, providing additional support where necessary, extending enrichment and outreach opportunities.
No single intervention strategy can provide a complete solution to the complex educational issues in any school environment and therefore a multi-faceted approach is used to ensure we offer the best possible opportunities for all our pupils to succeed, using evidence from external resources, such as the Sutton Trust’s EEF Toolkit.
Furthermore, central to Churston Ferrers Grammar School’s ethos, is the encouragement of excellence in academic, sporting and cultural fields while promoting self-esteem within a caring community. Providing financial support to socio-economically disadvantaged pupils in accessing enrichment opportunities is one way in which we aim to fulfil this philosophy.
Finally, as a school, we are fully committed to encouraging all pupils from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds to apply to attend Churston Ferrers Grammar School. Pupil Premium eligibility is taken into account in the School Admission Code. Furthermore, the school is committed to encouraging pupil premium eligible pupils from local primary schools to apply to take the entrance examination.
Churston Ferrers Grammar School’s Pupil Premium Team
All staff at Churston Ferrers Grammar School are fully committed to closing the attainment and progress gaps between students eligible for Pupil Premium and their peers. We see it as our moral duty to ensure that disadvantaged children are given the best opportunity to make outstanding progress.
Key staff with specific responsibilities for leading improvements in outcomes for disadvantaged students are:
School Governor responsible for Pupil Premium: Liz Loly
Wellbeing and Social Mobility lead: Julie Sadler-Smith
Pupil Premium Coordinator: Martin Skelly
Our school Pupil Premium Policy, Pupil Premium strategy and review of the impact of our Pupil Premium strategy can be found by using the links below: