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Pupil Premium

Context


Castle Rock High School is committed to narrowing attainment gaps between groups of students and ensuring that every student excels.  The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students and close the gap between them and their peers.

This funding is intended to benefit students on free school meals, children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months or have parents in the armed forces. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way of ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.  The school gets a fixed sum of funding per student, for the academic year 2015/2016  was £935 per student, £300 for children with parents in the armed forces and £1,900 for each student who has been looked after for more than 1 day or adopted from care.

Schools decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per eligible pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium, they are held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. From September 2012, the government required schools to publish online information about how they have used, and are using, the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.

At Castle Rock High School pupil premium is used to implement specific educational interventions and additional academic support targeted at pupil premium students in an attempt to close the gap between pupil premium students and their non-pupil premium peers.  The pupil premium funding as a whole is dedicated to assist the learning process of students via high quality teaching provision, specific small group and one to one tuition, inclusions measures and interventions and detailed monitoring and analysis of data to evaluate progress, impact and value for money.

Feedback from OFSTED – Nov 2012


“Disabled students and those who have special educational needs, those eligible for the pupil premium and the very few who speak English as an additional language make at least equal progress to their peers, and sometimes even better, as a result of the high-quality individual support, care and encouragement provided for them and the strong focus that the school places on raising self-esteem and promoting self-confidence.”

“The pupil premium funding is used to ensure that all students are fully included in all activities.  Alternative provision projects, such as the opportunity to work with professional sportsmen and performing artists, are also funded to raise self-esteem.  The funding has enabled the training of staff to deliver catch-up lessons in literacy and numeracy to close the gap between this group of students and their peers that was identified in 2012.”

“The governors have ensured that pupil premium funding is spent appropriately and carefully monitor the impact of this funding on achievement.”

External Review - Summer 2015


In the summer term of 2015 Castle Rock High School commissioned an external review of the pupil premium provision and use of funding.

Feedback from this review


“It is clear that the progress of its disadvantaged students is a key development priority for the school.  The senior leadership team has an extremely good awareness of its pupils and their specific needs and has implemented an impressive range of interventions to target Maths and English skills and to widen opportunity accordingly.  These are monitored extremely effectively, enabling the school to anticipate where they may need to intervene and to do so with notable impact on pupil learning.

The full report can be downloaded at the bottom of this web page.

Castle Rock High School currently has 175 Pupil Premium pupils. 30.5% of our total number of students in years 7–9 (2016 National Average for FSM in state funded secondary schools is 13.2%).

Current cohort of students as Castle Rock High School.

Pupil Premium 2016-17 - £153,300


Following a review of strategies and interventions and analysis of relevant data we are continuing with strategies currently in place along with implemented amendments:-

Strategies and Provisions Expenditure
1) Continuation of the development and implementation of a whole school monitoring system which enables specific data analysis of pupil premium/disadvantaged students ensuring appropriate additional testing and signposting of appropriate interventions. External evaluation of pupil premium/disadvantaged student provision, data and interventions. 4%
2) Contribution to the salary of the Parental Engagement Lead Practitioner to develop parental engagement and to lead in the transition process including the organisation of the summer school for eligible pupil premium students to enhance transition from KS2 to KS3  14%
3) Contribution to the salary of Attendance Officer, employed in partnership with the ACE Partnership to support good attendance  2%
4) Contribution to the salary of Academic Mentors to provide intervention in order to ensure students make at least expected progress. 22%
5) Alternative curriculum both in school through the development of the Outdoor Learning intervention and external specialists to deliver interventions that have a positive impact upon student attainment. These interventions have a strong focus on numeracy and literacy throughout their activities/tasks with students signposted via internal monitoring and student data analysis. 10%
6) To provide additional, quality classroom support and interventions by teaching staff and trained support staff. A 6 weekly review period highlights students who are underachieving within 2 or more. 34%
7) A proportion of the cost of the Personal Challenge Project for year 7s and Music Maestro Project for year 8s and 9s to ensure monitoring of attendance and removal of barriers for future attendance for pupil premium students along with transport provision assistance. 6%
8) Provision of breakfast club and twilight club to raise attainment through concentration and support within key curriculum areas. 2%
9) Allocation for contributions towards uniform purchase, additional curriculum initiatives, subsidising school trips and other additional expenditure. 6%


Pupil Premium 2015-2016 - £144,000


In 2015/2016 Castle Rock High School received £144,000 in funding related to the Pupil Premium.

By reviewing the strategies and interventions in place during the past two years and analysis of relevant data we are continuing with these strategies as highlighted below:-

  • Continuation of the development and implementation of a whole school monitoring system which enables specific data analysis of pupil premium/disadvantaged students ensuring appropriate additional testing and signposting of appropriate interventions.
  • External evaluation of pupil premium/disadvantaged student provision, data and interventions.
  • Contribution to the salary of the Parental Engagement Lead Practitioner to develop parental engagement and to lead in the transition process including the organisation of the summer school for eligible pupil premium students.
  • Contribution to the salary of Attendance Officer, employed in partnership with the ACE Partnership to support good attendance.
  • Provision of alternative curriculum both in school through the development of the Outdoor Learning intervention and external specialists to deliver interventions that have a positive impact upon student attainment.  These interventions have a strong focus on numeracy and literacy throughout their activities/tasks with students signposted via internal monitoring and student data analysis.
  • To provide additional, quality classroom support and interventions by teaching staff and trained support staff.  A 6 weekly review period highlights students who are underachieving within 2 or more subjects, these students are signposted to small group and 1-2-1 intervention work within relevant subjects.
  • To contribute a proportion of the cost of the Personal Challenge Project for year 7s and Music Maestro Project for year 8s and 9s to ensure monitoring of attendance and removal of barriers for future attendance for pupil premium students along with transport provision assistance.
  • Provision of breakfast club and twilight club to raise attainment through concentration and support within key curriculum areas.
  • Allocation for contributions towards uniform purchase, additional curriculum initiatives, subsidising school trips and other additional expenditure.

Pupil Premium 2014-2015 - £153,000


In 2014/15 Castle Rock High School received £153,000 in funding related to the Pupil Premium.

We continued to develop initiatives and strategies implemented during the previous year as highlighted below:-

  • The development and implementation of a whole school system for monitoring under achievement and lack of progress which has specific data analysis of pupil premium/disadvantaged students.
  • Contribution to the salary of the Parental Engagement Lead Practitioner to develop parental engagement to have a positive impact upon student learning within the pupil premium eligible students.
  • Contribution to the salary of Attendance Officer, employed in partnership with the ACE Partnership to support good attendance.
  • Our CPD programme 14/15 for all staff with a clear focus on ‘closing the gap’ and improving differentiation in lessons.
  • Provision of alternative curriculum both within school through the Forest School Initiative and external specialists to deliver interventions that will have a positive impact upon student attainment.
  • Resources to provide additional testing and the provision of data scrutiny to ensure signposting of appropriate interventions.
  • To provide additional, quality classroom support and interventions by teaching staff or trained support staff.
  • External evaluation of pupil premium/disadvantaged student provision, data and interventions.
  • To further develop Personal Challenge Project for year 7s and the introduction of Castle Rock Music Maestro Project for year 8s, monitor of attendance, removal of barriers for future attendance, transport provision.
  • Provision of breakfast club and twilight club to raise attainment through concentration and support within key curriculum areas.
  • Allocation for contributions towards uniform purchase, additional curriculum initiatives, subsidising school trips and other additional expenditure.

Summer School Funding


For academic year 2015/2016 the DFE withdrew the Summer School Funding.  Castle Rock reviewed data relating to previous summer school sessions and agreed to continue to run the Summer School despite withdrawal of the funding to continue enhancing transition for students attending the sessions.

During 2014/2015 we successfully obtained funding to run a 10 day Summer School for Year 6 Pupil Premium students during the summer holiday with the focus on preparing eligible new pupils for the transition to secondary school and maintaining/refreshing their literacy and numeracy skills.

The funding provided is £250 for a one week or £500 for a two week summer school per pupil.  We received £25,000 for this project. The school is informed of eligible students via the Ever 6 register and students are formally invited to attend. The summer school is staff by current teaching and support staff which provides the opportunity for the students to get to know staff prior to commencing school in September aiding their first few weeks. Various activities are held within the two weeks ranging from sports activities, creative design, drama workshops, cookery, outdoor learning, archery and journal development.

Positive feedback was received from both students and parents stating that the students felt more confident about starting at Castle Rock and had already started to form new friendships and socialise with different groups of people. The continued support and initiatives implemented during the first week of term enabled students to continue with their positive transition, building on relationships already established with staff and enabled a more confident start to the new academic year. The summer school allowed parents the opportunity to liaise with members of staff and this allowed the parents to feel more comfortable with their child starting secondary school.

Attendance (July 2015)

  CRHS LA NAT
All Years 95.57% 94.60% Not available yet
Not Pupil Premium 96.53% 95.00% Not available yet
Pupil Premium 92.91% 90.10% Not available yet


2015-2016 - Progress and Attainment

English

Year 9


78% of pupil premium students made 5 sub levels of progress (expected progress).

This is compared to 74% of non-pupil premium students nationally who made expected progress (KS2 - 4 2015) and 57% of pupil premium students nationally who made expected progress (KS2 – 4 2015).

74% of pupil premium students made 6 sub levels or more of progress (above expected progress). This is compared to 34% of non-pupil premium students nationally who made more than expected progress (KS2 – 4 2015).

In terms of attainment, the gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium achieving a Level 5 or above in English had narrowed over the past three years, and narrow even further in 2016 to a 2% gap.

Year 8


83% of pupil premium students made 3 or more sub levels of progress by the end of Year 8. This is compared to 85% of non-pupil premium students who made 3 or more sub levels of progress by the end of Year 8.

60% of pupil premium students made 4 or more sub levels of progress by the end of Year 8. This is compared to 67% of non-pupil premium students who made 4 or more sub levels of progress by the end of Year 8.

Maths

Year 9


74% of pupil premium students made 5 sub levels of progress (expected progress).

This is compared to 72% of non-pupil premium students nationally who made expected progress (KS2 - 4 2015) and 49% of pupil premium students nationally who made expected progress (KS2 – 4 2015).

52% of pupil premium students made 6 sub levels or more of progress (above expected progress). This is compared to 35% of non-pupil premium students nationally who made more than expected progress (KS2-4 2015).

In terms of attainment, the gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium achieving a Level 5 or above in Maths had narrowed over the past three years, but widened in 2016 to 14%.

Year 8


95% of pupil premium students made 3 or more sub levels of progress by the end of Year 8. This is compared to 91% of non-pupil premium students who made 3 or more sub levels of progress by the end of Year 8.

67% of pupil premium students made 4 or more sub levels of progress by the end of Year 8. This is compared to 81% of non-pupil premium students who made 4 or more sub levels of progress by the end of Year 8.

PROGRESS

    English Maths
  No. of Pupil Premium in cohort Pupil Premium making expected progress (5 sub levels)
School
Non Pupil Premium making expected progress (5 sub levels)
National
Pupil Premium making expected progress (5 sub levels) National Pupil Premium making above expected progress (6 sub levels+)
School
Pupil Premium making expected progress (5 sub levels)
School
Non Pupil Premium making expected progress (5 sub levels)
National
Pupil Premium making expected progress (5 sub levels) National Pupil Premium making above expected progress (6 sub levels+)
School
2016

50

78% TBC TBC 74% 74% TBC TBC 52%
2015 49 81% 74% 57% 54% 79% 72% 49% 56%