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Pupil Premium Statement

Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the government to enhance the education of children from low income families. This group includes children and young people who have received free school meals at any time in the last six years and children who are in Local Authority care, as well as those who have been adopted from care.

At Lord Grey School we rigorously track the progress of each student. The additional funding is enabling the school to provide personalised programmes of support to help all Pupil Premium students to make at least three levels of progress across their five years of compulsory education. We aim to ensure that all students make rapid and sustained progress so that they attain their fullest learning potential.

In 2014-15 Lord Grey School received £365,294 in additional funding to support 373 students. This was spent on positive projects such as further additional staffing and resources and reducing class sizes, Learning Support Advisor support, small group tuition in literacy and numeracy, curriculum support, one to one tuition, mentoring, parental support and counselling.

The school has a dedicated Learning Support Unit that is open 8am – 4.30pm (4pm Friday). School clubs offering extra support to children include a Breakfast Club, Break/Lunch Club, Homework Club and After School Club and there have been specific projects such as Ride High.

Further support was provided with purchasing computers and other resources. In addition, individual financial support has been given for uniform, equipment, food and materials for Creative Technology subjects. Music peripatetic lessons and school trips, including exchanges and trips abroad, are also part funded or fully funded. Curriculum projects such as a climbing project in GCSE PE have been very successful and extra resources have been made available in Maths and Humanities to support Pupil Premium learners.

A project was undertaken with a group of Pupil Premium girls in order to raise self-esteem. The girls were taken to Longrigg to build confidence through participation in outdoor activities.

We are alert to the kind of good quality provision recommended by the Sutton Trust and we strive to ensure that ‘the poverty trap’ is not a barrier to good learning for our students. We want them all to become good citizens of the future no matter what their start in life was, and no matter what their socio-economic background is.

The school is focusing on the gap between how Pupil Premium students perform and how the rest of the same year group (cohort) perform. This means we are looking at the achievement and attainment of Pupil Premium students in comparison with non Pupil Premium students. For 5+ A*-C grades including English and Mathematics in 2015 the gap was -12.5%. This has reduced from 23% in 2014 and compares favourably with the national gap of 26%. For any 5+ A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent the gap was 20.3%, which again is a reduction from 2014 when the gap was 25%. This again compares favourably with the national gap of 27%.

Nationally, students are expected to make at least three levels of progress from the end of Year 6 to the end of Year 11. In terms of three levels of progress in English, the gap between Pupil Premium and non Pupil Premium students was 9.3% in 2015. Nationally Pupil Premium students are 16% behind non Pupil Premium students in English, so we are securely better than average on this indicator. Within Mathematics the gap was 17.3%. This was an improvement from a gap of 24% in 2014. Nationally the gap is 23% for Mathematics so we are again better than average on this indicator.

Across all year groups fixed term exclusions for Pupil Premium students are lower than the national average by 6.5%, showing the impact of the extra support which is in place. In our 2015 October census we recorded no students as NEET from Year 11, thus all our Pupil Premium went on to sensible destinations. The number of Pupil Premium students being persistently absent across all year groups is significantly below the national average by 3.2%.

For 2015-16 the school has received £391,535 in additional funding to support 392 students.

We will continue to fund the projects and initiatives which were started in 2014-15. We are also using the funds to develop community links and to further raise achievement and aspiration among Lord Grey students.