Pupil Premium

How we put the money to good use


Grant Allocation:

In 2015/2016 the school received £446,093 for Pupil Premium (PP) plus £12,700 for Children in Care.

The school spent £500,275 providing additional support for PP students. The pupil premium is grant funding and is in addition to the school’s Delegated Budget. The school chooses to invest additional funding from its delegated budget to support pupil premium funding.

The Pupil Premium is allocated by calculating the number of students who are on Free School Meals (FSM) or have had FSM in the last six years. Students who have been in care continuously for more than six months or have a parent in the Armed Services also lead to some additional funding for the school.

  • Main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible students could include:
    • Low aspiration
    • Gaps in learning
    • Parents who have poor experiences of school, or have not completed further education or in some cases do not value education
    • Large number of siblings
    • Often in single parent families
    • May have experienced significant trauma in earlier years eg alcohol abuse, domestic violence
    • Lack of trust in, or significant dependence on, outside agencies
    • Inconsistent attendance at school
    • Personal health related and well-being issues
    • Low self-esteem

    This is not an exhaustive list and by no means applies to all students who may qualify for Pupil Premium.



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How Pupil Premium is spent to address these barriers

The Pupil Premium spent is used to raise attainment, autonomy and resilience, promote social skills, independent learning and positive behaviour, in order to increase student progress.

54% of students in Year 11 in 2015/2016 qualified for PP. In 2016 the gap in achievement between not PP and PP students in their GCSE results was 0.02 for Progress 8 (PP -0.12, Not PP -0.14). The gap between Not PP and PP students achieving English and Maths A*-C was 6%. 42% of PP were entered for English Baccalaureate.

  • For 2016/2017 our allocated budget is:

  • Pupil premium £440,385
    Service Children £1,500
    Children in Care £3,500 per term

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Pupil Premium interventions


  • Teaching & Learning
    addressing student low aspiration and gaps in learning


    • Emphasis on effective feedback and marking
    • Summer School
    • Residential visits
    • Reduced contact time for teaching staff to allow for quality lesson planning
    • Smaller class sizes in key subjects
    • Writing portfolios
    • Staff focus on success for all PP students
    • 1 : 1 Mentoring
  • Curriculum
    addressing student low aspiration and gaps in learning


    • Numeracy programmes
    • Study Clubs
    • Literacy programmes
    • Interventions to support learning
    • Enrichment activities
    • International visits/trips
    • Social & cultural visits/trips
  • Inclusion (could be used)
    addressing vulnerability arising from mental health and trauma within the families together with a lack of trust in, or significant dependence on, outside agencies


    • Home Liaison team; fortnightly referral meeting to follow up targeted PP students
    • Referral meeting attended by Key Stage leaders, Lead WSG behavior, Lead WSG pastoral, SENCO, Deputy Headteacher pastoral, Medical officer. Focus:
    • Nurture programmes
    • Solace: counselling and support service
    • Individual programmes
    • Communitas: Youth Workers available during school day
    • Medical & Emotional support
  • Community & Partnership
    addressing education/low aspiration


    • Interventions to support families (those families identified on the Supporting Families programme; Attendance where there is family history of poor attendance)
    • IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) support & intervention
  • Attendance & Behaviour
    addressing inconsistent attendance at school, personal health related and well-being issues and low self-esteem


    • Attendance groups
    • 1:1 Support



How the impact of Pupil Premium is measured


  • Improvement in overall attendance - monitored daily by Attendance Officer

  • Reduction in the number of persistent absentees and/or improved attendance - monitored weekly by Attendance Officer

  • Reduction of truancy from lessonsmonitored by ‘alerts’ recorded lesson by lesson. Follow up by WSG/on call

  • Academic progress and attainment datamonitored by HODs, HOYs, mentors and Year 11 intervention team

  • Reduction in number of behaviour pointsanalysed and followed up by HOYs weekly
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Outcomes: Key Assessment point 2 (KA2) December 2016 shows:

Overall Attitude To Learning (OATL) is Good in All Years i.e. above average score of 2:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
7.41 5.53 7.35 6.84

Homework is Good in All Years i.e. above average score of 2:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
4.39 2.88 3.72 3.6

Homework clubs run by Communitas (youth workers) have been introduced to support this by providing additional support and a quiet space to work with computers

P8 PP/non PP Gap i.e. gaps are small

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
-0.1 +0.1 -0.07 +0.15

Year 11 P8 PP/non PP Gap

English Maths Ebac P8
-0.18 -0.47 -0.43 -0.38

Attendance: 128 PA who are PP and 46 who are non PP. Of the 112 PAs who have improved their attendance 80 were PP and 6 of those now have attendance of above 90%.



Catch-up Funding for Year 7 2015-2016

In 2015 - 2016 we received £20,500 catch up funding which was used to provide:

One to One reading, spelling and literacy intervention for 33 Year 7 students - with some students being in receipt of more than 1 round of intervention.

Additional classroom support for one class.

In total more than 41 students benefitted from this intervention. The impact of this support was measured through: student and parent feedback, Year 7 progress data, reading and spelling data.

All students receiving intervention demonstrated improvement in their reading with 24 making double ratio gains. Alongside this, 25 students also made progress in both their spelling and reading with 19 continuing to make further above chronological gains demonstrating the mastery of key skills enabling them to continue to make progress.

Parent and student feedback demonstrated positive increases regarding confidence and perception of ability alongside willingness to engage in additional learning outside of the classroom.

Any future funding will be used to help these students secure and close gaps in their literacy or numeracy through small group intervention, 1 to 1 intervention and in class support.


Park Community School - Catch up funding allows us to provided extra classroom support and resources.



If you believe your son/daughter is entitled to Free School Meals or you are uncertain as to whether they qualify for Free School Meals, Reception staff are happy to talk to you.

If you would like some advice and/or support on completing the Free School Meal application form, please come into Reception at any time to talk to staff, who are happy to help.

You can also find further information on eligibility and how to apply by visiting our Catering page.

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