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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve

Catch Up & Pupil Premium

Draft Document pending final data from the DfEs


The Pupil Premium grant to schools was introduced in April 2011. It refers to additional funding to support children from low-income families, those from a services family or those who were known to be eligible for free school meals and for children who had been looked after continuously for more than 6 months. Students currently receive £950 per academic year as of April 2014. Eligibility has also been extended to students who are entitled to free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.

Catch Up Premium

The Year 7 Catch-Up Premium for 2016-17 will include all Year 7 pupils that did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2 based on the provisional Key Stage 2 data. A maximum of £500 for each pupil who has not achieved at least level 4 in reading and/or maths has been allocated.

Sir William Ramsay (SWR) School will have the freedom to spend both Premiums, which is additional to the underlying academy budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils and closing the performance gap between them and their peers.

Who can I talk to about Pupil Premium?

All members of staff have a clear focus on Pupil Premium. The first point of call for parents will often be the Pastoral manager, Academic leader or form tutor.

If there are further questions, the Pupil Premium champion Mr Wolfenden, would be happy to talk to you.

Pupil Premium Objectives

  • To ensure Pupil Premium students make progress at least in line with or greater than national measures of expected progress.
  • To ensure continued actions to further reduce the Pupil Premium gap throughout the school.
  • To ensure secure and well supported transitions, both from primary school and to future destinations

Pupil Premium students currently in the school (2016-17)


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11


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Amount of funding for the current academic year: £160,015.00


The main barriers faced by pupil premium students at SWR are pertinent to the individual and could include:

  • Low attendance
  • Above average exclusion rate
  • Tend to make less progress than non pupil premium students
  • Low levels of literacy and numeracy
  • English as a second language
  • Low aspirations, particularly with regards to further education
  • Lack of engagement in wider school life (for example sports clubs and student council)
  • Special educational needs
  • Low self-confidence/self-esteem
  • Lack of resilience
  • Wider social needs

How we deal with these barriers:

Through analysis and evaluation of previous interventions, knowledge of students’ individual needs and subject requirements, the school has devised a number of support mechanisms which are outlined below:

  • Profiling –
    • Individual student passports – all students meet with staff and in order to build up a profile of their individual academic and social needs and aspirations.
    • Pastoral support – through our Pastoral Managers and form tutors we can monitor attendance and behaviour and intervene where necessary with students.
    • Transition – there is an extra day for some PP students.
  • Relation building -
    • Form tutors provide support with aspects of school life such as equipment, attendance and punctuality.
    • A dedicated team of staff work with PP students to ensure the wider needs of those students is known and that these needs can be supported.
    • CAMHS can provide support for students who are struggling with anxiety.
  • Focused academic reviews –
  • Pupil premium team meet with students once a term to review their progress using data from assessments and data drops. High priority given to their academic review.
  • In class intervention –
    • Staff are aware who PP students are and will intervene if they feel the students are not making progress.
  • Out-of-class intervention -
    • 6th form mentors are trained as coaches to help support year 11 students identified as being below target.
    • Connexions support is prioritised for year 11 PP students to help with the choices available to students post-16.
    • Reading program for year 7 students to boost literacy.
    • Targeted support for year 11 through ADASTRA revision sessions for English, Maths and Science.
    • Subject/cultural enrichment –
      • Trips, both cultural (theatre trip) and academic are available to PP students.
      • Brilliant club – students in year 8 and 10 are taking part in a university scheme to engage them with further education.

Pupil premium reviews:

To ensure that the pupil premium funding spending is effective at Sir William Ramsay we regularly conduct reviews into its effectiveness. The last review was in July 2016, the next one will take place in January 2018. Learning walks and reviews of student progress are on the school calendar. Pupil premium reviews are conducted every term after reports are completed to inform department interventions.

How do we know Pupil Premium funding meets student's needs?

The impact of each key provision funded by the Pupil Premium is evaluated by analysing the achievement and engagement in learning of the students receiving the provision. This evaluation takes place each half term after a new cycle of progress report data is analysed. This enables both the short and longer term tracking of the impact of each provision.

On-going analysis of the impact of each provision will enable decisions to be taken about how to spend the Pupil Premium most effectively. Provisions that have the greatest impact will be supported with continued investment, whilst those that are not having as much impact will be reviewed and adapted to ensure they support student progress more effectively.

How are we measuring the impact of Pupil Premium?

Several different methods will be used to measure the impact of Pupil Premium funding. A key measure is progress. This is the progress students make from the point when they join the school at the start of year 7. Another key measure is engagement in learning and wider curriculum activities. A further indication of engagement is attendance, which is measured as a percentage from the start of the school year. As a school we also track student and staff feedback on the effectiveness of certain support and interventions as well as the destination of students and successful progression to higher/further education, employment or apprenticeships.