How Plymstock School uses the Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the Department for Education to enhance the education of the most socio-economically deprived students. Allocation of funding is made according to the number of students entitled to free school meals within the last six years (known as Ever 6 FSM) and children in care (known as LAC) 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).
Plymstock School targets the additional funding directly at eligible students and does not simply absorb it into the whole-school budget.
Plymstock School’s Pupil Premium Policy can be viewed HERE
Funding and use of the Pupil Premium
Current number of eligible Pupil Premium students 2017-2018
Year 7: 49
Year 8: 58
Year 9: 46
Year 10: 50
Year 11: 41
Total Pupil Premium funding for 2017/18: £211 000 approx.
At Plymstock School we have identified a number of barriers to learning for disadvantaged students that are addressed through our Action Plan. The key learning barriers are:
- Lower levels of attendance stretching back to primary education.
- Reduced home-school engagement.
- Reduced progress made on entry to the school at both English and Maths.
To see the Disadvantaged Student Action Plan for 2017-2018 please click: HERE
Impact and Outcomes
To see our Review of the Impact of our Pupil Premium funding for 2016-2017: HERE
Plymstock School has been recognised in the Plymouth Child Poverty Strategy 2013-2016 as an area of good practice in our use of the Pupil Premium. Click HERE and see Page 12 of the document for further information.
Plymstock School’s Pupil Premium Team
All staff at Plymstock 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:
- Pupil Premium Link Governor: Jeff Wright (Chair of Finance and Premises Committee)
- Assistant Headteacher: Rob Pearsall (Pupil Premium budget and strategy)
- Pupil Premium Leader: Mark Taylor
- English: Mairead Schwarz (Pupil Premium Manager)
- Maths: Serena Pelley (Pupil Premium Manager)
- Science: Claire Johns (Pupil Premium Manager)
- Service Families: Tracy Wilkins (Service Families Manager)
Was your adopted child formally a ‘looked after child’ and adopted on or after 30 December 2005?
Schools in England can now receive the Pupil Premium funding for children adopted from care, or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005. Schools can also claim the Pupil Premium for children who left care under a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991.
To enable us to claim the Pupil Premium, which can then be used to further support your child, you will need to inform us about your child and provide supporting evidence, for example, show the school the original Adoption (Court) Order. You will need to self-declare before 1st January 2016, which is the date schools, complete the annual School Census. This will then trigger the payment of the Pupil Premium to the school from April 2016.
Please send any supporting evidence to the school addressed to Mr R Pearsall, Assistant Headteacher.
If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the school.