The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that was introduced in April 2011 to benefit pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. Each school is allocated funds to support the learning of pupils who have been entitled to free school meals within the last six years (known as Ever 6 FSM) and children in care (known as CLA) that attend the school in Years 7-11. There is also additional Pupil Premium funding (known as the Service Premium) for any student who has or has had within the last four years a parent in the armed forces (known as Ever 4 Service).
Priory Community School targets the additional funding directly at eligible students.
What does this mean for Priory Community School?
Current number of eligible Pupil Premium students 2018 - 2019
Year 7: 63
Year 8: 63
Year 9: 62
Year 10: 53
Year 11: 47
Total Pupil Premium funding for 2018/19: £278,760
At Priory Community School, we have identified a number of barriers to learning for disadvantaged students that are addressed through our Strategy Statement.
The key learning barriers are:
Underperformance of PP students across a number of subject areas in the curriculum, specifically boys and higher ability students
Basic literacy and numeracy skills for a large number of PP students on entry are lower than expected/other pupils
Learning habits for a large number of PP students across the whole school are less ingrained
Attendance to school. Historically pupils eligible for PP are not in-line with others nationally.
To see the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for 2018 - 2019 please click here.
What was the impact of the Pupil Premium 2017-2018?
Priory Community School’s Pupil Premium Team
All staff at Priory Community School are fully committed to closing the attainment and progress gaps that exist between eligible students and their peers. For us it is a very high priority and we see it as our moral duty to ensure that disadvantaged children make outstanding progress.
Key staff with specific responsibilities for leading improvements in outcomes for disadvantaged students are:
All members of our Academy Council have responsibility for the Pupil Premium
All members of the Leadership Team at PCSA are responsible for the impact of the Pupil Premium
Assistant Headteacher: James White (Pupil Premium budget and strategy)
Assistant Headteacher: Lisa Smith (Top up funding budget and strategy)
Pupil Premium mentor: Philippa Cornish
Looked After Children manager: Katrina Best