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The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools against pupil numbers of Children in Care and those eligible for Free School Meals from Years 7 to 11. Stretford Grammar School uses the Pupil Premium to improve educational outcomes for its most vulnerable children and thereby enable them to develop to their potential. For some children this will represent more of a challenge than for others and this is taken into account when planning strategies to improve achievement.

For every child eligible for the Pupil Premium other factors which may statistically affect their potential achievement are also taken into account to ensure that those most in need have the necessary support.

Each year the school is required by the governing body to present a strategy for the use of the premium and to examine the impact of the use of the premium from the previous year within its analysis of progress of its most vulnerable groups.

Stretford Grammar School Pupil Premium Statement

Summary Information

Number of pupils and Pupil Premium Grant received
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Total number of pupils on roll 791 790 792
Total number of PPG 129 134 154
% of pupils who receive PPG 16.31% 16.96% 19.44
Amount of PPG per pupils £660 £900 £935
Total amount of PPG £77,400 £120,600 £143,990

 

Group Achievement: Pupil Premium
2012 PP 2012 NPP 2012 Gap 2013 PP 2013 NPP 2013 Gap 2014 PP 2014 NPP 2014 Gap
Attainment – 5+ A*-C (GCSE Only) passes including English and Mathematics 95% 95% 0% 91% 92% -1%  96% 97% -1%
Attainment – average points score in English 45.7 47.4 -1.7 45.6 45.9 -0.3  48.3 48.1 0.2
Attainment – average points score in Mathematics 49.1 50.6 -1.5 51.1 51.0 0.1  50.8 51.7 -0.9
Achievement – expected progress in English 80% 94% -14% 79% 84% -5%  92% 94% -2%
Achievement – more than expected progress in English       42% 36% 6% 50% 58.6% -8.6%
Achievement – expected progress in Mathematics 90% 92% -2% 94% 99% -5%  88% 90% -2%
Achievement – more than expected progress in Mathematics       76% 70% 6% 66.7% 75.9% -9.2%

Key Priority

Pupil Premium is additional funding intended to support our students currently on or who have, in the previous six years, received free school meals (FSM/everFSM6) and/or are looked after young people (CLA) or the children of Service families.

What we expect to see

Targeted and focused additional intervention strategies resulting in every student, however financially disadvantaged, being able to maximise their potential through:

– Improving levels of attainment and progress

– Fully accessing our extended curriculum provision

Context

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Coalition Government in April 2011. This additional funding is paid to schools in respect of their disadvantaged pupils:

  • Pupils who have been registered for free schools meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years
  • Pupils looked after continuously by the local authority for more than six months
  • Pupils from Service families

FSM is the main pupil level measure of deprivation available to schools and the link between FSM eligibility and school underachievement nationally is very strong. The academic abilities of our students are above the national average and this is reflected in our results. Schools receive Pupil Premium funding to support their eligible pupils and narrow the attainment gap between them and their peers.

The Pupil Premium for 2012-13 was set by the Government at £600 per eligible pupil; with a smaller amount £250 paid to schools in respect of children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. The Pupil Premium for 2013-14 rose to £900 per eligible pupil. The Pupil Premium for 2014-15 will be £935 per eligible pupil.

The performance of Pupil Premium (PP) students at Stretford Grammar is significantly higher than similar students nationally in all of the key indicators and the Pupil Premium funding has accelerated the learning and enhanced the achievement of these students and many other identified cohorts. We set challenging targets for all of our students (including our PP students) and are focused upon narrowing the gap in achievement between this group and their peers.

Our outstanding results at GCSE are the result of a cohesive whole school intervention strategy which is designed to maximise the achievement of all. The PP funding we receive has benefited our PP students as evidenced by the achievement data in the above table. Additionally, many of the interventions we have implemented have enhanced the achievement of many other ‘vulnerable’ students and similarly, improvement initiatives such as the implementation of a new progress and achievement data tracking software has been for the benefit of all students.

At Stretford Grammar we value and recognise that if pupils are to make optimum progress, they need to feel safe and secure. Pupil Premium funding enables school to allow additional targeted intervention through the implementation of a new Learning Support Centre in order to provide specific support.

 2013-14 Academic Year

In 2013-14 Stretford Grammar received £139,100 from Pupil Premium funding.

Pupil Premium funding was used to support a variety of other interventions and enrichment opportunities including:

Pupil Premium Expenditure in 2013-14
Expenditure Category PP Spend Details of actions and impact
Staffing
TA £25,916 Two TAs are employed to support the learning of SEN students, a percentage of whom are also eligible for PP. They provide highly specific support on an individual basis as directed by the SENDCO and Assistant Headteacher (Student Welfare). In addition the TAs are part of the Learning Resource Centre team and as such they offer additional support during non-teaching time within the LRC.

 

Intervention Practitioner £3,960 The Intervention Practitioner provides weekly individual mentoring to PP pupils whose academic progress is a cause for concern. Progress is checked on a termly basis through Data Capture points and the progress of vulnerable groups is examined to identify significant underachievement.
Infrastructure
Learning Resource Centre £6,733.63 Redevelopment of the ‘Inclusion’ area into a dedicated Learning Resource Centre. The redevelopment includes a new office space for the SENDCO, TAs and the Intervention Practitioner. There is also a small space for one to one intervention. In addition the space has new IT facilities allowing students and staff access to resources and software.
Software
CPOMS £1,250.00 CPOMS is child protection software which allows key staff to track and monitor those students identified as needing support. Key groups of students are monitored through the software including Pupil Premium students who are accessing support from the Intervention Practitioner. The software allows staff to take a proactive approach to assessing the levels of need as indicated from the reports produced by CPOMS.
GCSEPod £5,253.12

(3 Years)

GCSEPod is a cloud based service which supports GCSE students with their studies. It allows students to download podcasts onto their mobile devices and PCs. The podcasts focus on revision of the key aspects of the GCSE courses.
DATASEC £8065.28 DATASEC is a piece of software that allows senior staff to examine student targets and results. The software is used to track the progress of all students and provides heads of department and teaching staff to focus on putting into place strategies to reduce any gaps. In addition to the software, a new dedicated server has been installed to support the efficient running of the program.
Additional Support
Tutor Trust

 

 

Not paid from PP during 2013/14 The Tutor Trust provides additional tutoring support to groups of 1-3 students at a time. 1 to 1 tuition in English, Maths and Science was delivered to a select group. This will be extended to a wider group of students during 2014-15

 

2014-15 Academic Year

In 2014-15 Stretford Grammar received £143,900 from Pupil Premium funding. In addition, we carried forward £87,507 from 2013-14

Pupil Premium funding will be used to support a variety of other interventions and enrichment opportunities including:

Projected Pupil Premium Expenditure in 2014-15
Expenditure Category PP Spend Details of actions and impact
Staffing
Complex Additional Needs Mentor £2,800.00 The school is committed to putting into place strategies and support for those students for whom attendance or punctuality is an issue. The attendance officer takes intervention steps where issues arise, working closely with the family and individual students. Where problematic attendance is identified, the attendance officer works with the student to provide specifically targeted support – a Complex Additional Needs plan is produced which incorporates specific actions and objectives. The CAN may also provide guidance for teaching staff on intervention strategies which aim to encourage students to improve their attendance or punctuality.
TAs £13,280.00 An additional TA has been employed to support the existing team of 2. The TAs are employed to support the learning of SEN students, a percentage of whom are also eligible for PP. They provide highly specific support on an individual basis as directed by the SENDCO and Assistant Headteacher (Student Welfare). In addition the TAs are part of the Learning Resource Centre team and as such they offer additional support during non-teaching time within the LRC.

 

Intervention Practitioner £9,500.00 The Intervention Practitioner provides weekly individual mentoring to PP pupils whose academic progress is a cause for concern. Progress is checked on a termly basis through Data Capture points and the progress of vulnerable groups is examined to identify significant underachievement.
SENDCO Advisor and Support £7,000.00 An additional member of staff has been employed for 2 days per week to support the Learning Resource Centre team. This will strengthen the levels of support that identified students receive.
Additional Part Time English Teacher £13,496.00 An additional English teacher has been employed to reduce class sizes in English and allow more targeted interventions and improved feedback to students.
2nd in English TLR post £1,494.00 The creation of a second in English post will allow for targeted support for students in literacy. Specific literacy support will be given to identified students in a dedicated class set.
Senior Leadership Post £29,874.00 A senior leadership post has been assigned in order to provide strategic and operational direction for the strategies to be employed to raise the achievement of PP students. A notional 50% of salary costs has been allocated.
Enrichment Co-ordinator £18,149.00 The enrichment coordinator is responsible for developing enrichment activities and academic support sessions. These activities are promoted throughout the school and updated weekly on the school website. In addition a house system has been developed to provide students with opportunities to be involved a range of additional events. The House system promotes teamwork and helps to develop healthy competition. Each pupils’ merits or credits are added into their ‘house scores’ and at the end of the year the winning house will receive a prize. Merit or credit points are rewarded every day and are recorded in the pupil achievement file on SIMS (Schools Information and Management Systems). The points will be collated during each month and at the end of the year for achievement and effort.

 

Infrastructure
Reconditioned IT suite £12,094.86 Reconditioned base units and new monitors have been installed in IT3. This room is bookable by the teaching staff and is also available for student use before, during and after school. Modern machines will allow access to software and files for students who have limited access to IT at home. In addition there will be a significant time saving during lessons with log in speeds and hardware issues. In addition air conditioning has improved the learning environment.
Refurbishment of Graphics suite £23,647.16 The graphics suite has been redecorated and 22 iMacs installed. This will allow students to use industry standard design software packages. In addition the suite will be open for access to enrichment activities such as the media team, photography and digital music provision.
iPad Provision £13,518.15 2 trollies of iPads holding 16 each has been installed in the MFL department to provide PP students and other students with the opportunity to learn languages in a modern platform environment. The iPads will also be available for use as a research tool during lunchtimes.
Year 7 Specific Zone £5,460 A disused area of the school has been landscaped to create a specific area for Year 7 students to use. This will enhance the transition of the PP and other students.
Music Rooms Refurbishment £12,715.00 Two music rooms have been extensively refurbished and this has improved the learning environment for students. In addition access to the rooms, instruments and IT facilities allows students to develop their knowledge of music and participate in extracurricular music provision.
Software
CPOMS £1,394 Continue to use CPOMS as per previous year.
GCSEPod Paid for 2013-14

 

Continue to use GCSEPod as per previous year.
DATASEC £5,500 Continue to develop DATASEC tracking and monitoring systems to improve the targeted intervention of students and focus on progress against targets.
Alfiesoft £2895 Alfiesoft is an online testing package which allows teachers to set specific tests in order to examine the progress against student targets. The tests will provide additional data that teachers can use to identify the needs of their students.
Additional Support
Redgrave Legacy £3,000 The Redgrave Legacy allows the school to provide facilities to improve student access to extended services.
Transition Summer School £6000 Summer School delivered during 2014 and planned again for 2015. Delivery focused on additional literacy, numeracy and self-confidence.
Tutor Trust £2,500 The Tutor Trust provides additional tutoring support to groups of 1-3 students at a time. Tutoring in English and Maths will be delivered to Year 11 and Year 9 students during the year.
Staff CPD £2,609 Staff development used to inform and develop strategic planning and delivery of intervention.
Micro Librarian Upgrade £3065 The upgrade allows students to access a wide range of resources within the library and supports the literacy development of targeted groups.
House System £3,968.47 Introduction of a house system to develop the enrichment activities and encourage all students to participate in events, sports and class work. The enrichment co-ordinator allocates this fund to equipment and activities.
Additional English Texts £290 Specific literacy support is given to a dedicated class in year 9 to support their literacy skills in preparation for their GCSEs.
Enrichment DofE £1,000 DofE funding for the purchase of specific equipment to allow students to participate in the award.