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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium and Service Premium 2015-15

Pupil Premium

The Headteacher, Staff and Governors at the High School for Girls are committed to the principle of value for money. They will ensure that all funding allocated by the Government, to the progress and enrichment of disadvantaged and vulnerable students, and that provided for supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces will be used for continuing improvement in the quality of provision for all identified as qualifying for the Pupil Premium.  The extra funding is determined by the number of students receiving Free School Meals; Ever 5+6 FSM, Looked after children and Service children.

What is the purpose of Pupil Premium funding?

“The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) or who had been on FSM (in previous 6 years) called Ever 6 FSM and their peers by ensuring funding reaches the pupils who need it most to tackle disadvantages.”

“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM student, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.”

Students who qualify for this funding have been allocated £935 each for the academic year 2015-16. (Source – DfE website)

Service Premium

This premium has been introduced for students whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces or if the parents served full-time in the Armed Forces in the previous 4 years (Ever 4 Service student).  The amount allocated to each student is £300.

Context

2015-2016

  • The school has been allocated for Pupil Premium and Service Premium £19,635 - this is for 31 students.

The High School for Girls will use this money to support processes and systems which will ensure that students in vulnerable groups are able to access the full curriculum and personal support for any barriers that they have to learning.

Examples of how the funding has been deployed this year:

Costs of Year 7 Bonding Trip in September for Pupil/Service Premium students. The students visit Croft Farm in Tewkesbury with teaching staff to undertake induction and team building activities. These activities enable them to make the transition and settle to HSFG school life more quickly, encouraging greater chances of success.

Funding of educational off site visits to support Key Stage 3 Pupil Premium/Service Premium students and enable access for all:

 Year 7  Advanced Cycling Course
 Year 7  Hampton Court-History
 Year 7  Coventry Cathedral - Religious Studies
 Year 11  Crucible Exhibition - Gloucester Cathedral - Art
 Year 7  Techniquest - Maths
 Year 9  Hindu Temple - Religous Studies
 Year 9  Natural History Museum - Geography & Science
 Year 9  Black Country Museum - History
 Year 9  Geneva Exchange - French
 Year 9  Science Festival, Cheltenham - Science

Funding of educational offsite visits to support GCSE curriculum for students on Pupil Premium/Service Premium and enable access for all:

 Year 9-13  Theatre trip - Jesus Christ Superstar - Music
 Year 10  Salisbury Cathedral - Religious Studies
 Year 10  Spanish Exchange - Spanish
 Year 10  Archery - Sports Studies
 Year 10  Somme - History
 Year 10  Umpiring Course - Sports Studies
 Year 10  Orienteering - Sports Studies
 Year 10  German Exchange - German
 Year 10-11  Theatre Trip - An Inspector Calls - English
 Year 10-11  Iceland - Geography
 Year 10  Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award
 Year 11  Saatchi Museum - Textiles
 Year 11  Maths Inspiration Trip - Cardiff University
 Year 11  Gloucester fieldwork - Geography
 Year 11  Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award

Funding for Maths Tuition has been provided for vulnerable students who need sessions to encourage confidence and achievement within this subject.

Funds will be used to purchase items of sports kit and uniform to encourage a sense of inclusivity and belonging.

Funds will be used to purchase school equipment essential for the students to learn and to be organised in their studies.

Funds will be used to purchase revision guides and annual subscription to language magazines; this will allow students to broaden their knowledge and vocabulary within the chosen subject.

Funds will be used to transport students to school to ensure that they arrive to school on time.

Funding of Activities Week on and off site to enable access for all:

 Year 7  Cattle Country and Drayton Manor Park
 Year 8  Harry Potter Experience
 Year 10  Theatre Experience

These initiatives are aimed at improving the outcomes for Pupil Premium/Service Premium students at the High School for Girls.  The school has in place rigorous monitoring and support systems that are designed to ensure that disadvantaged students are helped to fulfil their potential.

Is my child eligible for Free School Meals?

Please find this information in the ‘downloads’ section which includes a link to an application form for FSM from the Local Authority.