Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools based on the number of pupils who receive free school meals (FSM) or have received them at any time in the previous six years.  It is also allocated if students are in local authority care, adopted from care or have one or more parents who are serving/have served in the armed forces. The pupil premium aims to raise the achievements of students from disadvantaged backgrounds so that it more closely matches other students.

Church Stretton School currently has 97 Pupil Premium Students.

Current Cohort at Church Stretton School as of September 2017

Year Group Total Number of students Non-Pupil Premium Pupil Premium
Yr7 106 84 22
Yr8 117 92 25
Yr9 99 80 19
Yr10 117 101 16
Yr11 96 81 15


Church Stretton School received £94,500 for the Year 2017-18. The money will be spent in the following areas:


Pupil Premium Progress Mentor: A member of staff dedicated to monitoring the educational results, raising aspiration and supporting those students who receive the Pupil Premium Funding. This could result in contacting parents for Progress Evening to make sure they are aware of the evening and making appointments are their behalf.  This has resulted in an upturn in attendance of parents of Pupil Premium students at Progress Evening. As an example last year’s Year 9 group had an attendance of 81.25% This rate was higher than parents of non-pupil premium students


Accelerated Reader Programme: The Pupil Premium funding has contributed to this school wide initiative to encourage reading.


Elevate: Outside education specialists who specialise in promoting revision and planning. Delivered to all Year 11 students with extra sessions developed for those who receive the Pupil Premium Grant


Maths and English Extra Classes: The Pupil Premium funding has contributed towards the employment of added staff in these areas to allow Pupil Premium students to work in small classes to aid their progression.


Mentoring system: A scheme run through pastoral staff and the Pupil Premium Progress Mentor to link Yr10 and 11 students with Yr7 students to allow for peer support during the first year at secondary school.


Extra Maths and English Tuition: The school has three tutors who work with Pupil Premium Students identified by the English and Maths Departments as well as the House Achievement Co-ordinators. These work with both Yr11 students to aid them in their journey towards GCSE exams and early intervention with KS3 students to solidify learning. Tutors work closely with the teaching staff and results are monitored by the Pupil Premium Progress Mentor.


Supply of Revision guides: All departments that use revision guides for KS3 and KS4 give the books directly to the Pupil Premium Students. Other materials deemed necessary for a student’s progression have also been purchased on a case by case basis, for example materials for a Yr 11 Product Design final piece


Music Lesson: Lessons are subsidised for Pupil Premium students to encourage learning outside the classroom and raising aspirations. Currently 10 students are supported in this way.


Trips: School trips will be paid for if curriculum related or whole school. Other trips such as residential may be reduced and will be judged on a case by case basis.


Aspirational visits/speakers: Pupil Premium money has been used to pay for aspirational workshops such as Talk on the Wildside and visits to local colleges and careers events.


Study Support Sessions: Two sessions run on a Tuesday lunchtime and Thursday after school to support students to complete their homework. Advice and resources are on hand to help students who might have issues with wifi connection or a clear area to work.


Intervention Programme and funding allocation

Improved Tracking

We believe comprehensive tracking of our pupil premium cohort will lead to more targeted and effective strategies. The following actions have been put in place this academic year.                                                                                

  • Appointment of Pupil Premium Progress Mentor
  • Disadvantaged Calculator introduced 
  • Level of Need Prioritised 
  • Meetings with HoD E/M 
  • PPM tracking progress to targets on 4Matrix
  • Meetings with SENCO 
  • DA pupils on RM staff drive
  • New Seating Plan software improving differentiation 
  • Added DA analysis to department R & E documentation
  • Learning Walk re DA 
  • Briefing of attached Governor 
  • Advance bookings for DA parents at Progress Evening 
  • Monthly KS4 Case Study reports to SLT by HACs 
  • Attendance Action Plan including:-
    • sharper (4 week) monitoring
    • Introduction of incentives
    • HACS reporting to EWO
    • Examination of best practice
  • Individual mentoring 
  • Improved communication with parents 
    • Letters home
    • Phone calls
    • Information  
  • Statement on website/Link


Improved Quality of Teaching Learning & Assessment

Church Stretton School believe that with effective tracking specific interventions can be put in place to close the academic gap that exist but also to raise aspirations of the students

  • 1 – 1 tuition named pupils
  • Study support sessions Yr 11
  • Employment of Maths/English tutors
  • Study Skills/Revision guides – purchased
  • “Aspirations” workshop Yr 7 & 8 Jan 2016
  • Post 16 study visit to SCAT (Y11)
  • All observations feature focus on DA pupils (see Lobs file)
  • INSET all staff re DA pupils’ progress

Impact of pupil premium funding


In schools with relatively small numbers of disadvantaged pupils such as Church Stretton (average group per year is 15) it is difficult to compare outcomes on a year by year basis as performance is very cohort specific.  This explains variations in outcomes over time.

There was a gap of 17% points in English Expected Progress and 23% points in Maths Expected Progress.

Due to the academic profile of the cohort (and due to improved English grades overall) the gap increased to 47% in English. A similar picture existed in Maths.  Again due to a differing cohort profile and improved Maths results in 2015, the gap increased to 43%.

As these groups were already in the school when pupil premium funding was introduced they had not benefitted from intervention from the beginning of Key Stage 3.


Both of these gaps reduced in 2015/16 as a result of the interventions that were put in place; the English 'Expected Progress' gap has reduced to 10%, whilst the maths gap has reduced to 9%.

Disadvantaged pupils' progress 8 in 2016 was not significantly below national other (and not well below average) overall or for any prior attainment group in English or maths.


All pupils are tracked for progress from day one of Year 7 with a Pupil Premium Progress Mentor co-ordinating appropriate intervention.  Our data suggests gaps in Key Stage 3 pupils are diminishing with this earlier intervention.  We remain committed to outperforming the national picture and “closing the gap” for all disadvantaged pupils.

If you want to find out more about our work with disadvantaged pupils please contact:-

Dr Andy Wood, Assistant Headteacher, Teaching, Learning & Assessment

Mr Lee Overton, Pupil Premium Progress Mentor 

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