Pupil Premium 2016-2017

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Pupil Premium Allocation and Expenditure

Academic Year 2016 – 2017



What is the pupil premium?

The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools to ensure that vulnerable students benefit from the same opportunities as all other pupils.  The aim of pupil premium is to ‘Narrow the Gap’ between the achievement of those students who are eligible and those who are not.
The amount of funding that a school gets is based on:
  • The number of children who are registered for free school meals (FSM) or since April 2012 have been at some point in the previous 6 years
  • The number of children who are looked after (CLA) and currently are in care of the local authority or have been adopted from the care of the local authority
  • The number of children who are children of service personnel


Pupil premium allocation

For the financial year 2016-2017 the pupil premium budget is £170,170.

How is the pupil premium being spent at Fearnhill School?

Each school can select how they choose to use their Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for students.
At Fearnhill School we plan strategically to ensure that the money is allocated so that all students benefit and that the vulnerable students are able to participate and succeed alongside their peers.
For the academic year 2016 – 2017 the school has 35% of children on free school meals and 1 Child Looked After (CLA)
We will continue to use the funding in same way as last year and also assess how to best use the funding for this next academic year, responding to the needs of our students.  Many initiatives will continue and the funding will be used in a variety of ways to meet the academic, emotional and social needs of our most vulnerable students and help them address any barriers to learning that they may experience.  Below is a list of activities and initiatives that take place:
  • Employment of a school counsellor – this is available to all students but vulnerable students are targeted to attend
  • Employment of a part-time maths intervention teacher
  • Employment of a part-time English intervention teacher
  • Small group tuition for maths and English
  • Employment of LSAs to provide extra support for targeted students
  • Study skills workshops
  • After school English support for Year 11
  • To provide educational resources for PP students
  • Funding towards educational school trips
  • Ingredients for food technology
  • Materials for resistant materials
  • KS3 after school HW club – this is available to all students but vulnerable students are targeted to attend
  • KS4 HW club – this is available to all students but vulnerable students are targeted to attend
  • Music therapy
  • GCSE additional music theory lesson
  • KS3 peripatetic music lessons for targeted students
  • Practical PE sessions at the local sports centre for GCSE PE
  • Augmented curriculum for students who would otherwise not attend school or would be permanently excluded


Further details about Pupil Premium are available at: www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupprt/premium

Further details about eligibility for Free School Meals can be found at www.hertsdirect.org/freeschoolmeals or you can telephone 0300 123 4048

The impact of our expenditure can be seen below

KS4 Results 2016 20151 National
Disad Other Pupils
Number of Pupils 28 66
% of Pupils 30% 70%
% 5A*-C inc English & maths 57% 52% 36%
GAP – 5 A*-C inc English & maths 5% 36%
% pupils making expected levels of progress in English 61% 52% 57%
GAP – English expected levels of progress 9% *
% pupils making expected levels of progress in maths 61% 83% 49%
GAP – maths expected levels of progress -22% *
12016 national data not yet available until RAISE is published
* No data available


Attendance 2013/14 National 2014/15 National 2015/16 National
Disadvantaged students 94.10% 91.70% 92.20% 92.70% 92.40%
All students 95.40% 95.10% 94.40% 95.90% 94.40%
Gap 1.30% 3.40% 2.20% 3.20%
2016 National data not yet available
Persistent Absence
(>15% of sessions)
2014 National 2015 National 2016 National
Disadvantaged students 10.90% 11.50% 10.10% 10.90% 21.50%
All students 2.90% 3.40% 2.60% 3.30% 12.10%
Gap 8.00% 8.10% 7.50% 7.60% 9.40%
2016 National data not yet available
2Old measure 4.6% (PP), 8.2% (All)
Cannot compare with previous years
Previously <85% attendance, now < 90% attendance


  • It can clearly be seen that PP students performed well in relation to their peers and the gap in attainment of 5% between the PP students and the remainder of the cohort is significantly smaller than the national gap of 36%.
  • PP students made significantly better than expected progress compared to national mediansin English 61% (national 57%) and maths 61% (national 49%)
  • Attendance of all students is significantly better than the national medians
  • Persistent absence (PA) is better than national medians too
  • 2015 – 2016 PA figures cannot be compared with previous years as different measures are now in place