Use of Pupil Premium

We believe that every school has a duty to ensure that each individual child is entitled to the best possible chance of achieving their potential.

Consequently, we have a full plan to ensure that we use our Pupil Premium funding to address national inequalities between the achievement of those children who are eligible for free school meals or are children in care when compared to their peers.

The Pupil Premium money is granted to schools based on the number of students who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or those children who have been continuously looked after for more than six months.

It is our responsibility to allocate this funding in the best possible way to break-down barriers to learning and to secure the best possible progress for each child.

September 2016 to August 2017:

The Friary School received £221,830 of Pupil Premium funding from the Education Funding Agency in the current financial year and are directing that funding to support learning from that point up until the final transition into post-16 or post -18 education in Summer 2017.

Effectively, we are using the Pupil Premium funding for three types of support and these combine new approaches alongside the more successful tried-and-trusted methods from 2015-2016. The interventions and approximate costings are laid out below:

Academic Interventions:

Learning Hub: £20,000

A new KS4 facility designed to provide withdrawal support for students on a reduced / re-designed curriculum in order to maximise their grades in key subjects.

Y9-Y11 Interventions Staff: £30,000

A team of dedicated staff providing targeted courses for Pupil Premium students which increase outcome and better equip students for psot-16 pathways.

Student Support Mentors: £25,000

A team of staff dedicated to proving assertive mentoring and support academic and pastoral challenges from KS3 and into the Sixth Form.

Raising Aspirations Programme: £8,000

A mentor responsible for informing aspirations so that career routes, entry requirements and world of work options are clarified and specifically targeted through mentoring, guidance, field visits and guest speakers.

Breakfast & After-School Boosters: £14,000

Pre-school and after-school booster classes in a wide range of subjects which are targeted to support students in meeting / beating their target grades.

Saturday School: £10,000

A Saturday provision (10.00am-1.00pm) running from February to June 2017 mixing voluntary and compulsory attendance for masterclasses, boosters and catch-up activities, as well as general research and homework support.

Easter School: £10,000

A KS4 and Sixth Form provision for revision and support that is specifically run to support students in the Summer exams.

Half-Term Holiday School: £6,000

These programmes take place in every half-term holiday and focus on specific projects designed to boost academic performance and to support catch-up for students.

Assistant Headteacher – Pupil Premium: £10,000

A senior leader in the school with the specific responsibility for the tracking, supporting and championing all Pupil Premium students.

Accelerated Reading: £8,000

A reading support programme designed to cultivate, track and improve student reading.

Literacy Withdrawal: £18,000

A heavily supported literacy intervention programme designed to support those students who are lagging behind in reading and writing on entry throughout KS3. The programme includes direct withdrawal, extended Accelerated Reading, TA Support and a Co-Ordinator role.

CAT Testing: £2,000

A cognitive abilities testing package designed to analyse student capacity on entry and to help inform future interventions.


Pastoral Interventions:

Attendance:                £10,000

A targeted intervention and reward programme designed to track, support and intervene with poor attenders in the cohort and to improve the overall and persistent attendance to be at least in line with national.

Uniform: £1,000

 Financial support for those families needing assistance with school uniform.

Transport £1,000

 Financial support for those families needing assistance with school transport costs.

Student Support: £12,000

A re-design to the full-time base for all student problems and difficulties and a focused mentoring facility for targeted students.

External Providers: £10,000

The use of external providers to support those children unable to attend school in the normal way.

External Mentoring: £5,000

The involvement and interaction with external agencies that provide mentoring and support for students.

Rewards: £10,000

 A targeted rewards plan which sets thresholds for attendance and behaviour in order to qualify for awards.


Enrichment Interventions:

Music Tuition Fees: £10,000

A support programme designed to subsidise musical tuition fees for students.

Field Trips Support: £5,000

 A provision to support those students unable to fully pay for field trips, visits, external clubs or other organisations.


Outcomes 2015-2016:

The Pupil Premium allocation has changed radically since the arrival of the new Headteacher and this has seen resources re-allocated in a different way for 2015-2016.

Even so, the outcomes for Pupil Premium students, against Non-Pupil Premium students, improved last year with the focus on GCSE English Language / Literature and GCSE Maths which were as follows:

Attendance 2015-2016:

The following figures are from RAISE 2015 and relate to the Free School Meals (FSM) / Non-Free School Meals (Non-FSM) cohorts of the Pupil Premium group:

Exclusions 2015-2016:

The following figures are from RAISE 2015 and relate to the Free School Meals (FSM) / Non-Free School Meals (Non-FSM) cohorts of the Pupil Premium group:


Key Focus for 2016-2017:

The new Progress 8 measurements flagged up an issue with Pupil Premium Middle Ability Pupils and this has become a key focus for the school:

The poor performance of the Disadvantaged Middle Ability Pupils (MAPs) can largely be attributed to four students who significantly skewed the school results in this area. Indeed if these four students are taken out of the figures then there is a marked improvement:

Even so, these students were our responsibility – and with hindsight thing could have been worked differently – and as a school seeking to be recognised as ‘outstanding’ this needs addressing.

We have put in place a wide range of strategies to ensure this is not repeated with key examples including, curriculum changes, provision of the Learning Hub and more detailed analysis of data to better target interventions. The current data indicates a positive trend for Summer 2017 and is sysmtemaitcally feedback to Governors in Full Meetings.


Reviewed By Policies & Procedures Committee Implementation Date Sept 2016 Review Date Sept 2017