Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Grant Spending Review

For academic year 2020 – 2021

Pupil Premium Grant funding (PPG) received for the academic year was: £29,070.

This was based on 31 eligible students, including 1 Looked After Child.

Secondary Schools receive £955.00 per student.

Carry forward funds from previous years £15,884.

It is important to note that 20/21 was not a normal year in schools due to the COVID Pandemic.  Therefore, our PPG spend look slightly different this year.

The main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible students can occur at a number of levels. For some girls there are gaps in attainment in English or Mathematics, which then become the prioritised targeted intervention. Rapid and sustained progress is expected, due to the nature of the School and the cohort. The students can receive 1:1 lessons from our own highly experienced staff. These are benchmarked against the context of our School, not the national picture. It is expected that all students will achieve a grade 7 – 9 in English and Mathematics.

For some students, the barriers present as involvement in the life of the School and their overall wellbeing. Ours is a trip-rich school and many students play a musical instrument. We have studied the research about the benefits of learning a musical instrument and consider this to be an important spending priority to aid their overall academic progress and result in improved wellbeing and involvement in the life of the School through one of the many ensembles or orchestras. We also prioritise involvement in curriculum-related trips that will enhance learning and progress as well as the many enrichment day opportunities.

The effect of PPG spending is monitored by:

The Assistant Headteacher – Pastoral, Year Leaders and the Pastoral Team (documented in the Action Plans)

Summary of PPG: Plans and Expenditure for 2020/21
  1. Parent awareness of Pupil Premium availability and suggested interventions. Letter sent to all parents at the beginning of the academic year, highlighting school spending priorities and seeking parental suggestion for interventions for their daughter. High profile of students in receipt of Pupil Premium. (minimal cost)
  2. High quality Teaching and Learning for all. (no extra cost)
  3. Staff costs: £3,997 Year Leader time: Data tracking to identify any gaps in student progress and to monitor students closely. Work to remove any barriers to learning. Targeted extra 1:1 tuition prioritising Mathematics and English, as well as small group extra tuition.
  4. Revision guide and resources:  £2,576.  Ensure students have access to relevant study materials.
  5. The full range of educational experiences: £3,687: trips and visits and enrichment activities.
  6. Learning a musical instrument to maximise participation in the life of the school and promote wellbeing and academic progress. £6,500
  7. Free School Meal Top Up vouchers in the summer holiday £1,440; supporting all families in lockdown with sufficient nutrition
  8. Loan of laptops (no extra cost): ensure all students could access lessons remotely during the pandemic
  9. Attendance and punctuality monitoring. (no extra cost)
  10. Uniform support – essential for attendance and wellbeing. £ 129
  11. Supported self-study: after-school study area available.
  12. Staff, Parent or child requests for educational materials (For example, calculator, maths set, art pencils, stationery, revision books for home use.)
  13. (contingency for extra 1:1 or further leadership and learning opportunities that may arise during the academic year).
  14. Study skills workshops run by Elevate an outside company who use young speakers to motivate students.

All PPG students have made progress in line with the rest of the cohort, and many have exceeded their targets.


Pupil Premium Grant Spending Plans for 2021-22

The aims for the PPG spend during 2021 -22 largely remain the same as for 2018–20 as they have demonstrated that they yield excellent outcomes. We will look to increase spending for 1:1 English and Mathematics tuition and continue to provide study skills workshops with Elevate as the feedback was excellent.  We also aim to focus on CPD to ensure the spend is used to best enable our PPG students.

33 eligible students including 1 Looked After Child

Anticipated Income £31,791

Carry forward funds from previous years £26,585