Pupil Premium


What is Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. ‘Disadvantaged pupils’ are those who have claimed free school meals at any point in the last six years and pupils in care, or who left care through adoption or another formal route, or who have parents in the regular armed forces. Evidence shows that the progress and achievement of disadvantaged pupils is normally lower than that of ‘other’ pupils.

The pupil premium funding ensures eligible students benefit from the same educational opportunities as all other pupils. The grant may therefore be spent in the following ways:

  • for the purposes of the school i.e. for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school
  • for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies
  • on community facilities e.g. services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated

The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools in the fiscal year; some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years.

Summary of income 2016-2017

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received

Total number of pupils on roll (Sept 2016)                 1395

Total number of pupils eligible for PPG (Sept 2016)  267

Amount of PPG received per pupil                              £935

Total amount of PPG received                                      £221,070


Tewkesbury school used a range of intervention strategies to improve attainment of disadvantaged pupils during 2016-17

  • Behaviour and attendance Support

The school recognises that supporting students with their behaviour can have a positive impact on progress. There are a range of interventions employed by the school

-Investment in Class Charts Software so as to be able to closely track behaviour, tailor behaviour interventions and specifically reward positive improvements.

-The development of an inclusion centre supported by a behaviour support worker to support students with more challenging behaviours and ensure on site alternative provision rather than exclusion

- The employment of pastoral support workers to work closely with Heads of House providing pastoral intervention and support

- An Assistant Headteacher with specific oversight of attendance and behaviour

-An Educational Welfare office employed two full days each week who can make home visits for students at risk of falling below 90% attendance


  • Counselling support

-The school employs a wellbeing mentor who can offer tailored 1-2 interventions specific to the social or emotional needs of students


  • Targeted Homework and reading support

-The impact of homework on learning is consistently positive. The school uses Show My Homework software which allows middle and senior Leaders to monitor the quality of homework set. This also allows parents to work in close partnership with the school and support their child with homework tasks.

- The Library provides an after school homework opportunity so that students have a quiet space in which to learn and use of ICT resources to support this.

- All Year 7 students complete the Accelerated reader programme which has proved impact on reading and literacy skills.


  • Learning Support Intervention

-Small group literacy intervention during tutor time for targeted students

- Alternative provision pathways and vocational training off site for specific students

- Lead TAS to provide subject specific expertise and support in Humanities, science, English, MFL and maths


  • Use of Digital Technology to support learning

The school has invested in laptops, interactive whiteboards, ipads and tablets in order to support traditional teaching methods.


  • Extra curricular

The school will subsidise trips which support the curriculum or provide enrichment for disadvantaged students


  • Breakfast Club

The school has funded initiatives such as breakfast club to support those from disadvantaged backgrounds and provide a healthy start to the day.


  • Music lessons

The school offers subsidies to disadvantaged pupils to encourage their participation in music activities (e.g. music tuition).


  • Reducing class sizes and employing additional teachers
  • The school continually reviews the number of teachers and class sizes.

The impact in educational achievement arising from expenditure of previous financial years’ Pupil Premium has been demonstrable with improvements in behaviour, reading, writing and GCSE performance over a number of years.

However, there is still much to do; absence and persistent absence within the Pupil Premium group (measured as a percentage of the cohort) is higher, when compared to the rest of the cohort and this has led to weaker academic progress and attainment.

The amount estimated to be received during the Academic Year 2017-18 is £200,090

The School will use this money to support and enhance the systems and processes which have secured progress and academic achievement for those in the Pupil Premium group.  The School will also continue with programmes, projects and initiatives which support the engagement and involvement of disadvantaged students. These activities and resources will continue to be funded year on year.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you require further information on Pupil Premium funding and its impact.