Pupil Premium and Coronavirus Recovery Premium

How we put the money to good use


At Park Community School we are committed to providing ALL students with a great education; securing strong academic outcomes alongside experiences of the curriculum and the world around us which broaden horizons and encourage a love of learning. We encourage students to discover what they love and therefore invest heavily in developing the quality of teaching and enabling all students to access a broad and balanced curriculum, which includes a wealth of experiences outside of the classroom.

Our Pupil Premium Strategy is focussed on 4 broad areas:

  1. Behaviour for learning that allows all to succeed
  2. Attendance and parental engagement
  3. All students to be able to read at their chronological age and above
  4. High quality teaching which develops independence

Pupil Premium Strategy Document

Our Pupil Premium strategy is based on a comprehensive understanding of our students, their families and the community. We regularly review its impact using internal and external data and current research produced the Education Endowment Foundation. Park Community School participated in the ‘Improving Outcomes for Disadvantaged Learners’ project with Hampshire and Rosendale Research during 2017-18, and took part in the Havant Tackling Disadvantage project in partnership with other local schools and HIAS.


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For 2021/2022 the school has received the following amounts to date:

Pupil Premium £469,383
Service Children £3,720
Post Looked After Children £0

Grant Allocation:

In 2020/2021 the school received £456,304 for Pupil Premium (PP).

The school spent £641,567 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.




In 2019 the gap in achievement between non-PP and PP students in GCSEs was -0.39 for Progress 8 (PP-1.09, non-PP -0.69)

In 2020, the gap between students attaining The Basics at 4+ was 20 % (non PP: 48% and PP: 28% ). The gap for Basics at 5+ was 7 % ( Non P:14% PP:7% )

In 2021, the gap between students attaining The Basics at 4+ was 3 % (non PP: 58% and PP: 53% ). =The gap for Basics at 5+ was 18% ( Non PP: 30% PP:12% )

In 2020-21 1:1 reading intervention with 38 students improved either reading comprehension or decoding age for all students, with 70% improving both. An average improvement was evidenced of at least double ratio gains.

Main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible students could include:

  • Low aspiration
  • Gaps in learning, including for a significant number of low reading ages that makes accessing texts a significant challenge
  • Reading ages below chronological age
  • 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
  • Low exposure to the wider community which impacts negatively on a student’s Cultural Capital.

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



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Pupil Premium interventions


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


    • Emphasis on effective feedback and marking
    • Focus on collaborative learning
    • Explicit teaching of memory and revision
    • Residential visits
    • Staff focus on success for all PP students
    • Academic and reading coaches
    • Dedicated projects aimed at raising expectations and aspirations aimed at year 7 and 8 boys
  • Curriculum experiences at school farm and printing unit
    addressing student low aspiration and gaps in learning


    • Period 6
    • Literacy programmes
    • Interventions to support learning
    • Enrichment activities
    • International visits/trips
    • Social & cultural visits/trips
    • Year 7 and 8 Much More Than Just A School curriculum experiences, including PDP, Farm and school kitchens
  • Inclusion
    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 Heads of House, Welfare, support and guidance leads, SENCO, Deputy Head of School. Focus:
    • Nurture programmes
    • Individual programmes
    • 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 and intervention
    • Dedicated Attendance team
    • Include provision and parent drop ins and surgeries



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

  • Overall attitude to learning scores (OATL)analysed and followed up by Heads of House and tutors
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Coronavirus Catch-up Premium (2020-2021)

The final allocation of £30,580 of the total funding for academic year 2021/2022 which amounted to £73,400 was received in the summer term. This funding was used to help students secure and close gaps in their literacy and numeracy through small group intervention, 1 to 1 intervention, the reading plus programme and in class support.

This money was used for:

  • One to one reading, spelling and literacy intervention for 49 students
  • Additional classroom support for one class (18 students).
  • Reading Plus programme brought in for use with the year group.
  • In total more than 150 students benefitted from this intervention, 49 from 1 to 1 intervention. The impact of this support was measured through: student and parent feedback, progress data, reading and spelling data.

All students receiving intervention demonstrated improvement in their reading, language or spelling skills with the average gain at or above double ratio. Spelling and reading data collections demonstrated that this progress was maintained after the intervention therefore 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.

Recovery Premium (2021-2022)

During the academic year 2021/2022, £71,268 will be received as a one-off recovery premium to support education recovery as a result of the COVID pandemic. The school will continue with the interventions put in place using the coronavirus catch-up premium funding.

School Led Tutoring (2021-2022)

The school has been allocated £59,738 for the academic year 2021/2022 to source tutoring in either small group arrangements or 1 to 1 tuition via the National Tutoring Programme.