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 2017/18 the school was allocated £159,730 Pupil premium grant.
Pupil Premium School Profile 2016-2017 (Oct 2017 Census figures)
- 5.5% receiving free school meals
- 12.2% Pupil Premium
- Under 1% LAC
- 0% from service families
Pupil Premium Plan – 2017/18
Pupil Premium Evaluation 2016/17
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. https://www.oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk/16-19-bursary-fund/
The schools Pupil Premium Policy
The school Pupil Premium strategy (below) will be reviewed annually. The next review date in September 2018.
Year 7 Catch Up Funding
Oriel High School received £25,000 in 2016/17 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 this 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.
Autumn term 2017
Claiming for Free School Meals
Is my child eligible?
From 1 April 2018, free school meals in all West Sussex maintained and free schools and academies are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
- 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)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
A number of pupils will also be protected against losing their current free school meals. You can find more information on GOV.UK.
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.