The School is determined that our students’ financial circumstances will not be a barrier to their success. Consistently, our disadvantaged students perform significantly above the national average; in fact, in 2017, the achievement of this group would place them in the top 5% of schools nationally at KS4.
No single difficulty hinders the progress of our disadvantaged students. Every child comes to the School with a unique set of experiences, aspirations and prior achievements. Our knowledge of your child allows us to support their personal development and nurture their talents to ensure academic excellence.
What is Pupil Premium?
National statistics demonstrate that students experiencing financial hardship do not achieve as well as their peers. The Pupil Premium Grant is additional government funding given to schools to help raise the progress and outcomes of disadvantaged pupils. The aim of this funding is to try and close the ‘achievement gap’ by enabling schools to offer targeted support to individual students.
Eligible students include:
- Children who are in receipt of free school meals [FSM] or have been registered for FSM in the last 6 years [Ever6]
- Adopted Children or Looked After Children
Children of Service Personnel
Who is entitled to free school meals?
If your child is entitled to free school meals, the School will automatically receive Pupil Premium funding.
Families in receipt of the following benefits are entitled to claim FSM:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education
You can apply directly to the London Borough of Hounslow.
What do we hope to achieve?
The School deploys the Pupil Premium Grant to ensure:
- High levels of progress and outcomes for disadvantaged students
- High levels of attendance for disadvantaged students
- Improved access to interventions and extra-curricular provision for disadvantaged students
How do we monitor the success of our strategies?
Our termly Data Harvest is used to monitor and track students’ progress. This allows us to gather information on individual student progress to inform our intervention programme.
What do we do to support?
We believe that supporting our disadvantaged students starts with excellent Teaching and Learning in the classroom. Our caring pastoral and rigorous academic systems support every child to achieve their potential.
However, we understand that each disadvantaged student has specific needs; through a flexible approach and an in-depth knowledge of each child in our care, we are able to implement a programme which best supports every student.
Support can include:
- One-to-one tuition
- One-to-one mentoring/counselling/emotional support
- One-to-one learning support
- Literacy and Numeracy Intervention
- Subject specific Intervention classes
- Further Education visits and workshops
- Assistance with the cost of school trips/ visits/ residentials
- Careers guidance
- Educational assessments
- Duke of Edinburgh Award costs
- ICT equipment
- Providing a range of resources for use at home and in lessons
- Learning opportunities outside the normal school day – includes Saturdays and holidays
- Assistance with costs for certain curriculum needs e.g. Food Technology ingredients
- Working with outside agencies
Who can I speak to for further support?
Our Student Services Manager, Mrs Summerell, works to support students and parents. Regular Parent Coffee Mornings provide an opportunity to meet staff and other parents for an informal chat about your child. [Suspended Due to COVID-19]
Parent Workshops are held throughout the year to provide guidance on how you can support your child’s physical and mental wellbeing. [Suspended Due to COVID-19]
For further information on the Pupil Premium Grant, please contact Ms Stone [Assistant Headteacher].