Pupil Premium

St Mary’s recognise that all students regardless of their background and socio-economic status should have equal access to a curriculum that will enable them to make rapid and sustained progress.

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Coalition Government in April 2011. This additional funding is paid to schools to enable them to support their disadvantaged pupils.  The school receives £935 funding for students in the following categories:

  • Pupils who have been registered for free schools meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years.
  • Pupils with parents in the regular armed forces. 

In addition, Looked After Children and eligible pupils adopted from care receive increased Pupil Premium Funding of £1,900.

St. Mary’s also received an additional £5,500 for year 7 pupils who did not achieve level 4 or better at Key Stage 2 in reading and/or maths (the expected Key Stage 2 attainment). This funding known as ‘Catch Up Premium’  (CUP) is used to give these pupils valuable additional provision and is intended to help these students catch up in literacy and numeracy as early as possible in their secondary education and therefore enable them to access the secondary curriculum more fully.

Taking all of this into account, St Mary’s received an income of £81,892 in 2015-2016 to provide support for pupils who are eligible for targeted intervention from this funding. 


Pupil Premium Expenditure 2015–16

The pupil premium funding has contributed to a wide range of targeted interventions:

  • Increased staffing to allow smaller class sizes in Years 7 & 8 in English and Mathematics £12,000
  • Increased teaching time in English at KS4 £8,000
  • Appointment of HLTA to deliver literacy intervention £23,000
  • Investment in a new data analysis package to enable more effective monitoring of progress £2500.
  • Increased hours for attendance officer to enable effective tracking and support for attendance £2500.
  • Literacy intervention programme delivered to ‘vulnerable’ students in Year 8 in timetabled lessons £10,000
  • Specialist teachers in English and Mathematics allocated to support the achievement of PP and below level 4 students in 1-1 and small groups £20,000
  • Strengthening the CEIAG team to ensure that PP students receive appropriate specialist guidance to enable them to move successfully on to post-16 and post-18 pathways £1,500
  • Increased number of rewards for improved attendance and attitude in school. £1500.
  • A variety of pastoral provision and intervention including the use of learning mentors and Catholic Care counselling £15,000
  • Purchase of additional, appropriate fiction and non-fiction titles for struggling readers £300
  • Purchase of materials to support interventions £4,000
  • Funding to provide access to resources and extra-curricular activities for Music lessons £300
  • Extended Curriculum opportunities  £4,000
  • CPD for staff delivered through the Leeds Learning Partnerships on ‘narrowing the gap.’ £2000

Approximate total spend: £106,600
Contribution from school’s own budget: £24,708

The table below shows the number of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding in each year group from Year 7 to Year 11, in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Year Total number of students Students in receipt of Pupil Premium
7 202 14
8 182 19
9 193 18
10 184 11
11 189 21

GCSE Key Indicators

The GCSE cohort of 2016 contained 185 students, with 11 of these being classed as disadvantaged. 

All students Disadvantaged students National
Progress 8 score +0.12 +0.21 0
Attainment 8 score 57.04 52.27 48.2
E Bacc Entry 62% 45% 38.1%
E Bacc Achievement 41% 27% 22.8%
Grade C and above in English and Maths 78% 55% 58.7%
English 3 Levels of Progress 91% 92% 69% (All)
57% (PP)
Maths 3 Levels of Progress 80% 58% 66% (All)
49%(PP)
English 4 Levels of Progress 57% 33% 30% (All)
Maths 4 Levels of Progress 39% 42% 30% (All)

The number of students who are anticipated to be NEET is zero.

The performance of Pupil Premium (PP) students at St. Mary’s is higher than similar students nationally in almost all of the key indicators and the pupil premium funding has accelerated the learning and enhanced the achievement of many 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 most cohesive whole school intervention strategy which is designed to maximise the achievement of all. Additionally, many of the interventions we have implemented have inevitably enhanced the achievement of many other ‘vulnerable’ students and similarly, improvement initiatives such as the whole-school assessment strategy Feed Forward have been for the benefit of all students.

At St. Mary’s 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 mentoring, counselling and therapeutic 


2016–17 Academic Year

In 2016–17 St. Mary’s expects to receive £77,695 from Pupil Premium funding. 

To maximise the achievement of those students for whom the pupil premium provides support and below Level 4 students, St. Mary’s is using the funding to facilitate the interventions offered in the core subjects of English and Mathematics to ensure that all students are given the necessary support in their acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills.  

As a school we continue to develop the holistic support that we implement for all students, with a particular focus on the pupil premium cohort.  We have introduced a new behaviour system, with behavioural statistics being forensically analysed each half-term with a focus on the disadvantaged students within each year group.   The results are discussed at senior leadership level, with actions arising from these discussion being taken as consequence.  A challenge for many disadvantaged students is to generate a positive attitude towards school and their studies.  To support this, we have invested in the PASS survey (Pupils Attitude Towards Self and School) to inform interventions.

As in 2015-2016, Pupil Premium funding will be used to support a variety of other interventions and enrichment opportunities including:

  • HLTA to deliver literacy and numeracy interventions  at Key Stage 3 £23,920
  • Purchase of iPads to enhance the learning of students receiving wave 2 and wave 3 literacy and numeracy interventions £5,000
  • Investment in ‘Show My Homework’ online service to support the learning of all pupils beyond the classroom £2,000
  • Resourcing and staffing of after school homework club £5,000
  • Increased staffing to allow smaller class sizes in Years 7 & 8 in English and Mathematics £12,000
  • Literacy intervention programme delivered to ‘vulnerable’ students in Year 8 in timetabled lessons £10,000
  • Specialist teachers in English and Mathematics allocated to support the achievement of PP and below level 4 students in 1-1 and small groups £20,000
  • Bespoke CEIAG team to ensure that PP students receive appropriate specialist guidance to enable them to move successfully on to post-16 and post-18 pathways £1,500
  • A variety of pastoral provision and intervention including the use of learning mentors and Catholic Care counselling £16,000
  • Purchase of materials to support interventions £ 3,000
  • Funding to provide access to resources and extra-curricular activities for Music lessons £700
  • Extended Curriculum opportunities (see Extended Curriculum Survey) £4,000
  • Data package to improve monitoring and intervention £1,000
  • Attendance officer to enable effective tracking and support £2,000
  • Rewards for improved attendance and attitude in school £1500
  • Appointment of Associate Assistant Headteachers taking responsibility for Disadvantaged Students and Behaviour £5500 
  • Pupil premium students to complete the PASS survey to assess their attitudes to self and school - £450

Anticipated total spend: £113,570
Anticipated contribution from school’s own budget: £35,875


Barriers to Educational Attainment

In school barriers:

  • The exclusion rate for pupil premium students is higher than students overall
  • The proportion of pupil premium students selecting EBacc options is lower than students overall
  • The attendance of pupil premium students is lower than the rate for students overall.

External barriers:

  • Attendance of parents of pupil premium students is lower at support evenings, for example parent’s evening and information evenings.

Please contact Mrs J Hings at school if you have any specific queries relating to pupil premium students. 


 

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