What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium Grant is paid to schools for students who are: recorded as being eligible for Free School meals (FSM) in the last 6 years, who are Looked After or who have a parent serving in the Armed Forces.

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities (between eligible children and their peers) by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per eligible pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for their individual pupils.

1. Overview of the school

The proportion of students within the school in receipt of PP funding is small compared to many other schools.

Overall, there were 20 students in receipt of Deprivation Premium funding and 78 in receipt of Service premium funding during 2015-16, giving us £33 956 in funding for the year. We did not have any students who qualified for the Literacy or Numeracy catch-up premium.

Number of students in each Pupil Premium category 2015-16
Year 7 1 Students deprivation premium
14 Students Service premium
Year 8 6 Students deprivation premium
14 Students Service premium
Year 9 3 Students deprivation premium
10 Students Service premium
Year 10 3 Students deprivation premium
11 Students Service premium
Year 11 7 Students deprivation premium
9 Students Service premium

2. Summary of range of support provided

We have based our support on our knowledge of our students as well as national research projects.
We employ most of the ""Top Ten Gap Busters"" as identified by Ofsted, some of which are costed below, but also others that are just the normal practice  we employ across the school. 

All teachers are fully aware of which students are in receipt of PP funding, the progress of PP students is regularly discussed at SLT meetings and we regularly update Governors on the progress and provision that we have for this groups of students. There is a dedicated Assistant Head to oversee Pupil premium and a link Governor.

Tracking of every pupil premium student takes place at an individual level throughout the school year. Specific mentoring then takes place to identify where support can be applied to ensure that every student has the best opportunities to make significant progress, in line with all students at the school.
We have a comprehensive departmental review process which ensures that teaching remains outstanding across the school.

Group sizes are as small as possible and every opportunity is taken to raise the profile of PP students across the school. Specific highlighting is used consistently on students lists and records to further remind all teachers of the specific needs to these students. Attendance is also monitored to further support excellent progress.

Support for mental health £14482

 Providing a qualified counsellor to support students with their mental health is a very important service for our vulnerable students. Every lunchtime, there is a qualified non-teacher for our students to talk to.

Mentoring £6020

We provide a range of mentoring on a 1:1 basis. Pastoral leaders will work with students to provide social and emotional support. Student academic mentors work with students on subject related issues to provide a supportive approach to explain topics or help with revision approaches. Where underachievement has been identified, the Assistant head overseeing pupil premium will meet with students to offer support on a whole school basis, working with subject teachers, subject leaders and parents. Extra resources can be utilised such as revision materials.

Individual student support £3830

Where a need for extra support for literacy and numeracy is identified, subject specific support is employed so that access to the whole curriculum is ensured. We also use a specialist relating to dyslexia to assess students to ensure that progress is not limited due to this particular issue. Where a common theme has been identified such as a need for greater aspiration that extends beyond the school, or social skills to be able to cope in a high challenge environment, specific sessions with specialists have been arranged.

Support Programmes

Careers support £1096

As a school we have been awarded the careers mark and have an excellent careers advisor. She has a full list of students who qualify for pupil premium funding and will prioritise them for careers advice. In addition to this, she will offer all PP students the chance to talk to her about their future career plans to guarantee that they have accurate information, but also to ensure they have high aspirations by checking their academic progress and suggest possible career paths.

Enrichment opportunities £1190

Every opportunity to support PP students is taken. We subsidise many of the trips and visits where there is an educational benefit such as Geography field trips, theatre trips, exchange visits and trips to Germany and France.

Study support £814

Following mentoring sessions or suggestions from subject teachers, we have supplied revision guides, workbooks and language DVDs to support study. We have also subsidised music tuition.

Extended school £5750

Following suggestions from national research, we provide extra supervision before school, during school and after school. This significantly extends the normal school day to allow flexible working for our students, many of whom travel long distances and have to fit their travel plans in with busses and trains.

Widening participation

As a school, we recognise the value of wider participation in activities such as DoE, Arts award and a wide range of sports. Subsidies for these activities allows PP students to extend their experiences and widens their range of educational opportunities.

Miscellaneous £792

We have supported sports leaders awards, work experience and supplied materials to support their technology work. Other opportunities include a parenting course so that the parents can learn, how to fully support their daughter at home.

Admissions policy

The offer of a place at South Wilts Grammar School depends on the availability of places at the school. The following order of priorities listed below will apply, if the number of girls who have met the standard exceeds the number of places available:

3. Impact of funding

A breakdown of the specific intervention that we provide is available here, along with the specific costs and the impact that these have had.

4.Performance of students

We evaluate performance, not against national levels, but against the progress made by a typical South Wilts student. This is because of the unique type of school we are, but also because students here make excellent progress when compared to Grammar Schools nationally.

Outcomes at the end of KS4 can be seen here. As we have small numbers of deprivation PP students, outcomes can be affected significantly by individual students. We have provided data on progress over the last 4 years, showing that PP students do make progress in line with other students at the school.

5. Future Plans, 2016-17

We will continue to closely track progress, and employ strategies that we feel will support PP students in our school. Many of the current strategies will be adopted as these have proved effective, but we will monitor each student's needs and provide for these needs.

During this academic year we have 19 students in receipt of Deprivation funding and 60 students in receipt of service premium funding. This will give us a total PP fund of £37 440.

As far as possible, we will tailor support to the individuals, but where group work or strategies for the whole school are more appropriate, these will be used.

We will look to provide creative sessions such as organisational skills, mental health sessions, social skills etc. to ensure that students are happy, secure and fully prepared to engage in the learning and cope with the high challenge that we provide at the school.

One approach, that we will consider, will be to organise groups of PP students to meet and discuss what other support the school could be providing.

We will also consider an instrument loan programme.

We will also develop a whole school Pupil Premium Policy

Number of students in each Pupil Premium category 2016-17
Year 7 6 Students deprivation premium
18 Students Service premium
Year 8 17 Students Service premium
Year 9 4 Students deprivation premium
16 Students Service premium
Year 10 3 Students deprivation premium
10 Students Service premium
Year 11 3 Students deprivation premium
11 Students Service premium


 Overall, we have 16 students in receipt of Deprivation Premium funding and 72 in receipt of Service premium funding during 2016-17, giving us £38 235 in funding for the year. We do not have any students who qualify for the Literacy or Numeracy catch-up premium.

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