The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and provides additional funding to support pupils who are registered as eligible for free school meals, looked after children and those from families with parents in the armed forces. In April 2012 the Government widened the coverage of the premium to include pupils eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. In April 2013 the Services Children Premium widened to include children whose parent has left the services up to three years ago.
The main purpose of the pupil premium is to support the above pupils’ learning and progress in school and to close the attainment gap between these pupils and those not entitled to such support. We have used it to support a range of interventions and initiatives linked to pupils’ learning. We have also used the funding to support a range of enrichment opportunities as we believe these have such a positive impact on pupils’ motivation and success at school.
The school strives to meet the needs of a wide range of pupil groups who have been identified as vulnerable or at risk of underachieving, not just those eligible for the Pupil Premium. Therefore, the cost of support we have put in place using this funding may exceed the Pupil Premium grant as we want to ensure such intervention will have an impact on the progress and achievement of as many pupils as possible at school.
Pupil Premium Allocation
In addition to the main school budget Test Valley School was allocated Pupil Premium funding of £89,640 for the academic year 2017-18 and we are expecting £78,960 during this financial year (the number of pupils eligible for funding determines this).
How to apply for Pupil Premium
If you think your child is eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant, please do contact us so we can ensure they are registered.
Alternatively, you can check your eligibility for free school meals online by going to the following service:
You will be asked to enter your name, national insurance number, address and child’s details. Then press submit and find out if you are eligible. If the result comes back found this means your child is eligible for FSM and the system automatically tells the school. This funding enables the school to directly support your child’s progress in school, even if they decide not to eat the free school meals at lunchtimes.
Use of Pupil Premium Grant 2017-2018
Impact on Provision and Performance of Pupils Eligible for Pupil Premium 2017-2018
In 2017-18 twelve Year 11 pupils were eligible for pupil premium:
- 42% achieved at least five Standard Pass GCSE grades including English and Mathematics
- 42% achieved Standard Pass GCSE grades on both English and Mathematics
- 25% achieved at least five Strong Pass GCSE grades including English and Mathematics
- 25% achieved Strong Pass GCSE grades on both English and Mathematics
Catch-Up Funding for Year 7 Pupils 2017-18
|Year 7 ‘catch up’ support:
This was provided for Year 7 identified upon entry as having low literacy and numeracy levels at Key Stage 2 and needing extra support. The pupils received support from qualified Learning Support Assistant and in the English and Mathematics departments to raise their reading, writing and numeracy NC levels. This was to give them the best possible start at our school when they started in Year 7.
In 2017-18 ten Year 7 pupils were eligible for Catch Up funded literacy and/or numeracy support:
- 10 pupils receiving literacy support made an average of 2.3 steps of progress towards their Age Related Expectations in English
- 8 pupils eligible for numeracy support made an average of 1.5 steps of progress towards their Age Related Expectations in Mathematics