What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium grant was introduced in April 2011 by the coalition Government to address issues which adversely affect student achievement in school that have been shown to be linked to disadvantage and deprivation. The grant is based on the number of children registered for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel. It is the responsibility of the Academy to decide how this money should be spent to support students, with the purpose of boosting pupil attainment of this group.
Our Pupil Premium students currently make up 41% of our student population which is higher than the National Average of 27%. For the academic year 2021 - 2022 our PP grant is £424,498.
This compares to £392, 505 received in 2020 – 2021.
Principles regarding the use of Pupil Premium Funding
Irrespective of a student’s background our underlying belief is that students eligible for PP should be attaining in line with their peers. We are fully committed to ‘excellence for all.’
At The Queen Katharine Academy we ensure that the Pupil Premium funding is used to aid all our students to achieve their full potential during their time with us.
We are striving to ensure that we close the gap in attainment between students eligible for the PP and those who are not.
Aims regarding the use of Pupil Premium Funding
- To ensure that all students have access to excellent teaching
- To ensure that our pastoral care is of the highest quality and works cohesively with other stakeholders
- To ensure that all students have access to opportunities beyond the curriculum
How is it managed?
Progress of all learners is reviewed by all staff, with a member of SLT who has oversight. The member of SLT with oversight for Pupil Premium has a further responsibility for tracking, monitoring and analysing the impact of the PP funding.
Students who are in receipt of Free School Meals, those in Local Authority Care, the children of service men/women and other students deemed ‘disadvantaged’ or ‘vulnerable’ are prioritised for additional support and intervention through the Pupil Premium funding.
How is the money spent?
Teaching and Learning
We spend the majority of our Pupil Premium allowance on ensuring high quality teaching, including teacher training and coaching. The Accelerated Curriculum is also funded in part by the Pupil Premium fund, to provide for those students who arrive at the Academy needing additional support.
All students on the Pupil Premium register are provided with equipment to support them in lessons. Students studying examination courses are provided with revision resources as recommended by Subject Leaders. Parents are also able to purchase uniform at the school shop.
We are able to support students wishing to engage in enrichment activities. One trip per year will be funded using the PP allocation. Students can also request support to take part in activities such as Duke of Edinburgh and the CCF.
The Queen Katharine Academy has excellent pastoral care systems and these are funded in part by the Pupil Premium fund. All year groups have a full time Student Support Officer (SSO) attached to them. These members of staff are integral to ensuring that no young people are disadvantaged in school due to financial constraints.