The pupil premium is a new Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential.

The Government has used pupils entitled to Free School meals as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools based on the numbers registered for Free School meals.


St Robert’s Pupil Premium Allocation

Pupil Premium allocation = £178,585 (Including £7.000 catch up)

Pupils Registered for Free School Meals = 191

Y7 Literacy and Numeracy catch up = 14 pupils

Looked After Children = 12

£935 per child

At St. Robert’s we will be using the indicator of those eligible for free school meals as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to ‘close the gap’ regarding attainment and progress.

The Government is not instructing schools how they spend this money; it is not ring fenced and schools ‘are free to spend the pupil premium as they see fit’ – DFE 2011.

The Government is however clear that schools will need to employ strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment and ‘close the gap’.



In order to meet the above requirements, the Governing Body of St. Robert’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College will ensure that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all pupils.

As part of the additional provision made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, the Governors of the school will ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed through half termly pupil progress meetings.

The Governors also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. They therefore reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.


Review meetings

Following each data collection for all year groups a review meeting will take place:

Deputy Head Teacher Standards and Achievement
Relevant Head of House
Extended Services Team

The pupil progress data will be analysed and a bespoke programme of intervention will be implemented for any vulnerable pupil who is underachieving.


The range of provision

Facilitating pupils’ access to education.

Facilitating pupils’ access to the curriculum.

Additional teaching and learning opportunities.

Alternative support and intervention.

The type of provision

Planned programme to help disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils make the transition from primary to secondary school.

Summer school provision.

Comprehensive reading programme for all of Y7 and Y8 pupils.

Small group literacy and numeracy support at KS3.

Intervention groups at KS4 in English and Maths.

Revision and booster sessions at KS4.

One to One tuition for vulnerable students in English and Maths at KS4 to ‘close the gap’ in attainment.
Support towards setting in English and Maths in order to establish nurture groups by specialist teachers.

Additional learning support facilitated by specialist teachers and learning mentors for vulnerable pupils.
Support the funding of enrichment activities and educational visits.

Reporting on the use of Pupil Premium

Regular termly updates will be given to the Head Teacher and Governing Body on the impact of the use of pupil premium funding. This will include:

An overview of expenditure each term

An analysis of the impact of strategies on pupil progress at KS3 and KS4.

An analysis of ‘closing the gap’ outcomes at KS3 and KS4 in English and Maths.

An analysis of progress in literacy levels at the end of KS3.

Spending and targeted strategies 2015-16

KS3 TransitionPlanned Transition Evaluation reportMBN
Summer schoolTargeted activities for vulnerable groupsY7 pupil progress impact reportPWI/JWE
KS3 comprehensive reading programmeAll pupils Y7-Y9Literacy progress reportMBN
Small group literacy and numeracy catch up Intervention groupsLiteracy progress reportPWI
Enhanced Library provisionTailored reading scheme KS3/KS4Impact on reading reportMBN
Pupil Premium Mentor ProgrammeUse of one to one mentors for underachieving studentsOutcomes report
Case Studies
Intervention groups in English and MathsAfter school booster classes at KS4Outcomes reportPWI/DGR/SME
One to One tuition in English and MathsTarget FSM/vulnerable
Pupils at KS4
Outcomes reportPWI/DGR/SME
Additional learning support at KS3/KS4Use of specialist teachers and learning mentorsOutcomes reportPWI
Enrichment activities at KS3/KS4Access to extracurricular activitiesPupil progress reportPWI/AMC
Educational VisitsEnrichmentPupil progress reportPWI
Extra- CurricularMusic/Sport/DramaPupil progress reportPWI


Pupil Premium Spending 2015-16

Fixed Costs

DescriptionCostsPupils involvedNumber of pupils involvedCost per pupil
Pupil Premium staffing costs£35,587.00Year 7-11191£186.32
Pupil Premium Mentors£9,142.00Year 10 -1168£134.44
Learning support time£48,901.00Years 7-11191£256.03
Intervention Eng/Maths£5,700.00Year 1133£172.73
Reading Programme£28,219.25Year 7-881£348.39

Other Costs (correct to 28/04/16)

 Cost this yearDescription
Uniform£531.50School uniform and PE kits
Equipment£1,202.50Calculators, laptops (LAC only)
Visit£140.00Part payment for school trips
Study Guides£853.50Requested by SL

Overall Total £130,276.75


Impact 2015

FocusYear 6-7Impact
KS2-3 TransitionYear 6-7Smooth and timely induction of new Year 7 pupils into St. Robert’s community which enabled a prompt start to learning due to an awareness of the needs of a vulnerable cohort.
Summer SchoolYear 6-7Pupils inducted into St. Robert’s through the use of targeted activities. Pupils are introduced to new staff and pupils in a learning and fun environment. Skill development was enhanced in areas of literacy, numeracy and creativity.
Catch up literacy and numeracy programmYear 7Baseline tests illustrated that a number of pupils were below their KS2 result on entry. The catch up programme enabled these pupils to make expected progress in English and maths from KS2.
Y6, Y7 and Y8 Reading programmeYear 6-8Timely intervention from the results of the Y6 reading test which takes place during Transition week enabling targeted support to be put in place in Y7.
The majority of Y7 and Y8 have improved their reading age. Targeted intervention in place for those making less than expected progress. All pupils access appropriate reading material.
Small group Literacy supportYear 7-11Pupils made expected progress in a small group situation with specialist teachers at KS3 and KS4. At KS4 pupils achieved a C grade in GCSE English.
A*-C English =School 68%, National 51%
Small group numeracy supportYear 7-11Identified pupils not making expected progress in mathematics worked with specialist teachers and LSAs to boost numeracy skills and raise achievement. At KS4 pupils achieved a C grade in GCSE mathematics. 
A*-C Mathematics=63% National 49%
Revision and support classesYear 11VA KS2-KS4 above national, 980.7 (Nat 976.3) VA in English above national, 1001.2, (Nat 998.2). VA in Maths is in line with national 996.7 (Nat 997.9)
1 to 1 tuition in M&EYear 10-11Targeted intervention with underachieving pupils to enable expected progress to be made. Pupils made expected progress in English which was significantly above the national average. Pupils in Maths made expected progress which was in line with the national average.
EnrichmentYear 7-11Pupils have been given the opportunity to partake in extra -curricular activities, trips and visits. SMSC skills developed. (SMSC report)


Closing the gaps 2015

40 pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding



5A*-C including English and Mathematics.
53% achieved 5A*-C
In school gap over 3 years closed by 15%



55% achieved Basics
In school gap over 3 years closed by 14%


English A*-C

68% achieved English A*-C
In school gap over 3 years closed by 8%


Mathematics A*-C

63% achieved A*-C
In school gap over 3 years closed by 10%


Value Added

The gap between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils widened in 2015 compared to 2014. In English VA for Pupil Premium exceeded other pupils. In Mathematics the gap widened in 2015.


Expected Progress

In English pupils with different starting points from KS2 made expected progress above national. (KS2=Level 3, Level 4, Level 5).
In Mathematics pupils at Level 4 made expected progress above national. Pupils at Level 2, Level 3 and Level 5 were below national.