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St. Mary's Catholic High School

Introduction to the Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, secondary schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £935 for pupils in Year 7 to Year 11

Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local authority care because of one of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.

Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of Pupil Premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing Pupil Premium funding for looked-after children.

St Mary’s Catholic High School Pupil Premium Allocation

Our Pupil Premium allocation for the 2016-2017 academic year is estimated to be £245,000. 18.16% of our students are eligible for the Pupil Premium (based on January 2016 census).

We will measure the impact of this spending through our data collection points where we will monitor and track the progress of our Pupil Premium cohort in order to enable the early identification of need, support and early intervention.

Our aim at St Mary’s is for our students who are eligible for Pupil Premium to perform at least as well as non Pupil-Premium students nationally. Below follows a summary of our results for the last 3 years and the progress we are making towards this goal.

The tables and graphs below are based on our internal data for summer 2016 examinations and will be updated when RaiseOnline is published in December 2016 and again when validated data is published later in 2017 for the GCSE examination results of 2016.

Value Added 3 Year Trend

The Value Added measure is a way that schools are given recognition for the work that they do with ALL their pupils regardless of ability or need on entry. Value added measures are intended to allow fairer comparisons between schools with different pupil intakes.  The KS2 to KS4 value added measures the progress that individual pupils at the end of KS4 - i.e. in Year 11 - have made since taking their KS2 tests in Year 6 (generally aged 11). Measures above 1000 represent schools where pupils on average made more progress than similar pupils nationally. Below is ourschool’s3 year trend in the Value Added measure for Pupil Premium students.

As you can see from the line graph presented above, our school has made rapid progress in this key measure since the 2014 results.  An interesting point to note is that in 2015 when there was a national dip in Pupil Premium VA, our students still made significant progress and outperformed national.  In our most recent results the Pupil Premium achieved a VA score of 1008 which is considerably above the national benchmark.  The national VA for Pupil Premium in 2016 is yet to be released so a comparison cannot be made.  This will be updated early 2017.

Progress 8 Comparison

The Progress 8 (P8) measure captures the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school. It is a type of value added measure, which means that pupils’ results are compared to the actual achievements of other pupils with the same prior attainment.  The national benchmark for ALL pupils is a Progress 8 score of (0.0).  The graph shows the performance of sub groups within our 2016 Pupil Premium cohort in comparison to 2015 results.

Within St Mary’s you can see that we have made marked improvements since the 2015 examination results across all sub groups of Pupil Premium.  The overall Pupil Premium cohort’s P8 score has improved by (0.29) since last year.  The FSM + Ever 6 students have improved by 0.34. The higher attaining pupils on entry have improved by (0.14).  Middle attaining pupils on entry have improved by (0.07). Lower attaining on entry have made the most significant improvement of (1.18). The SEN pupils within the Pupil Premium cohort have improved by (0.34).  They boys within the Pupil Premium cohort have improved by (0.30).  Finally, the Girls in the Pupil Premium cohort have improved by (0.22). Additions to the graph will be added when the national Progress 8 score for disadvantaged students is released in early 2017.