What is Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is a grant given by the government to schools in England to decrease the attainment gap for the most disadvantaged pupils.

Evidence suggests that children from disadvantaged backgrounds generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school and therefore often do not perform as well as their peers.

At West Hill School, we firmly believe that every barrier to accessing the full curriculum will be removed for all boys. We use pupil premium funding to ensure that a students’ education and participation will not be limited by their socioeconomic background.

Through sensitivity and discretion, we endeavour that for the casual observer, there is no way to differentiate between those students who receive pupil premium funding and those who do not.

We understand that disadvantaged pupils are not a homogenous group and that their needs differ. Through pupil premium funding we aim to support our students in a ‘need not label’ capacity.

 

Funding

During the 2021 - 2022 financial year, school will receive the following funding:

  1. £955 for each pupil in years seven to eleven who are, or have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) in the last six years.
  2. £2345 for any pupil who has left local authority care as a result of:
    • Adoption
    • A special guardianship order
    • A child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
    • Local authority care for one day or more
    • FSM in the last six years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)


2021-2022 Pupil Premium Funding

Total Funding Allocated     £188,135

 

Pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium grant

Year Group

Total Number of Pupils

No of Disadvantaged Pupils

% of year Group

7

170

57

34%

8

169

51

30%

9

167

48

29%

10

163

48

29%

11

165

45

27%

 

Strategies to improve the outcomes of disadvantaged pupils

1.

High quality teaching

 

To remove potential barriers, we:

  • Ensure academic targets for disadvantaged pupils are aspirational.
  • Implement bespoke teaching and learning strategies to promote the progress of disadvantaged pupils. We keep up to date in our pedagogy through research conducted by trusted academic authorities such as the Education Endowment Fund and the National College.
  • Have embedded a whole school literacy drive to promote a love of reading and to broaden vocabulary and application of disciplinary language. Disadvantaged pupils are targeted in lessons.
  • Ensure there is a constant cycle of assessment, feedback and improvement for disadvantaged pupils.
  • Provide additional learning materials to disadvantaged students.
  • Provide an electronic learning package to ensure that disadvantaged pupils can work remotely.
  • Make effective use of learning support assistants in lessons to allow teachers to support targeted students.
  • Provide a quiet working space for students to read and complete home learning. Some disadvantaged pupils are strongly encouraged to attend.
   
2. Effective use of performance data.
 

To drive up academic standards, we:

  • Ensure all departments adopt a rigorous assessment process that provides information about gaps in knowledge and skills.
  • Closely monitor and track the progress of disadvantaged pupils after each data capture.
  • Use accurate data to target disadvantaged pupils for high quality interventions.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of such interventions through a quality assurance process.
  • Have developed an assertive mentoring programme to promote the academic progress, motivation and positive behaviour of selected disadvantaged pupils.
  • Share all findings with all relevant parties including parents and trustees.
   
3.

Parent partnership

 

To strengthen our relationship with families, we:

  • Celebrate success with parents through the School Gateway and other reward systems.
  • Share information about academic progress through a whole school reporting system.
  • Share concerns about academic and social and emotional development through a robust pastoral system.
  • Share immediate concerns about behaviour and organisation with parents through the School Gateway.
  • Monitor the attendance and punctuality of disadvantaged pupils, and endeavour to work with families to improve it.
  • Uphold the values of the Leading Parent Partnership Award (accredited in September 2021) to relation to the families of disadvantaged students.
  • Prioritise phone calls to parents of disadvantaged students who are unable to attend parent consultation evenings.
  • Take into consideration the views of parents in how they would like pupil premium funding to be used.
   
4.

Wide range of extra-curricular activities

 

To encourage maximum participation, we:

  • Actively promote the participation of disadvantaged pupils in a wide range of extracurricular activities.
  • Endeavour that disadvantaged pupils take on student leadership roles.
  • Support some disadvantaged students through an assertive mentoring programme.
  •  Prioritise disadvantaged pupils for careers interviews and related visits.
  •  Provide disadvantaged pupils with the opportunity to visit higher education establishments and work experience.
  • Ensure that disadvantaged pupils can participate in enrichment activities.
  • Directly contact families of disadvantaged students to ensure they attend summer school.
   
5. Other
 

To ensure that disadvantaged pupils feel fully included in our school community, we:

  • Have a biometric system so that in the purchase of food there is no outward difference between those boys who are in receipt of a free school meal and those who are not.
  • Have introduced a ‘unicycle’, uniform recycle scheme where high quality uniform can be purchased at a price affordable to the family.

Pupil Premium Statement Documents