Pupil Premium & Year 7 Catch Up
Oriel High School recognised for improved results
We were delighted to receive a letter in February 2015 from the Secretary of State for Schools congratulating our school for progress with our Pupil Premium students.
In his letter David Laws MP stated that “Your results show that you have improved in terms of the attainment and progress of your disadvantaged students since 2011 and that you are increasingly effective at educating these students”
Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to support students on Free School Meals, Looked After Children and those children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces. Schools must report how they have used the pupil premium and the impact it has had on pupil progress.
Reasons for the Pupil Premium
- Created to tackle ‘educational inequality’
- Allocated to schools ‘in addition’ to their budget
- Funding to tackle disadvantage, reaches the students that need it most
- A good education is the key to improving life chances
Schools are encouraged by the Department for Education to use the money to ‘narrow the gap’ in attainment between students in receipt of Free School Meals or those who are ‘Looked After’ as nationally there is a disparity between their attainment at GCSE and their peers.
The money is being used to help raise academic achievement as well as improve interactive and social skills.
In 2014/15 the school was allocated £148,452 Pupil premium grant.
Pupil Premium School Profile 2015-2016 (Oct 2016 Census figures)
• 6.2% of pupils in the school are receiving free school meals (FSM)
• 13% of pupils in the school have received free school meals in one or more of the previous 6 years (Pupil Premium)
- under 1% of pupils in the school are looked after
- 0% of pupils in the school are from Service Families
Pupil Premium Plan – 2015/16In 2015/16 academic year Oriel received £178,387 Pupil Premium grant. At September 2015 the school had 177 students on our Pupil Premium student register.
Students in the Sixth Form are not included in the Pupil Premium calculation – there is a separate 16-19 Bursary Fund to provide financial support to Sixth Form students whose families are on low incomes. http://www.oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk/16-19-bursary-fund/
The schools Pupil Premium Policy
3 year Pupil Premium tracking data
Year 7 Catch Up Funding
Oriel High School received £24,500 in 2014/15 & £22,000 in 2015/16 to support Year 7 students who had not reached Level 4 at the end of Key Stage 2 in Literacy and/or Numeracy. Last year and tis year we have used the funding to cover the following
- individual tuition in addition to classroom teaching
- intensive small-group tuition
- peer mentoring reading buddies
- purchasing external services and materials to add to those provided by the school, for example tutor services or proven computer-based learning or online support
- summer school to deliver intensive catch-up over a short period
- Literacy Leader and Numeracy Leader within the English and Maths departments
Please see the attachment below for further details of what impact the funding has had on our students.
Also the school has received funding from the DfE to operate a summer school programme. The evaluation from this year’s summer school can be found below.
Claiming for Free School Meals
If you receive any of the following support payment you may be entitled to receive free school meals:
- 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 state Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more £16,190).
To find out if your child is entitled to free school meals, contact WSCC on the following number(s); 01243 752835/752838
The application form to claim Free School Meals is on the WSCC website here.
The DfE produces school performance data on their website. Please click the link below to view the DfE data related to our school.