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Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium? 

The Pupil Premium is a Government funding initiative to provide additional money to schools in order to raise the attainment of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The funding received by each school is based upon the number of students eligible for free school meals at any time during the preceding six years, which the Department for Education uses as an indicator of disadvantage. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, adopted children and children of service personnel.

Nationally, statistics indicate that students in receipt of free school meals do not achieve as well as other students. The aim of this funding is to close the 'achievement gap' by enabling schools to directly support individual students appropriately. The total additional funding for schools through the Pupil Premium amounted to over £2.5 billion in 2014-15.

How is the total pupil premium calculated for each school? 

The Department for Education bases the Pupil Premium funding for each school on the number of students registered as eligible for free school meals at any point during the last 6 years according to the January School Census return.
Funding based on eligible student numbers is then passed to schools for the Government financial year beginning 1 April. In schools such as SHSG, the number of eligible students can vary quite significantly from year to year. The Pupil Premium rate for 2015-16 is £950 for each eligible student and SHSG is due to receive £38,000.

Students in the Sixth Form are not included in the Pupil Premium calculation - there is a separate 16-19 Bursary Fund to provide financial support to Sixth Form students whose families are on low incomes.

How will Pupil Premium Money be used in 2015-2016 at SHSG  

At SHSG Pupil Premium money is spent on:

  • On mentoring for students in KS4
  • For additional time for pastoral care
  • For additional support for careers education
  • Support classes and intervention
  • For uniform grants
  • For supporting students with the cost of trips and activities
  • For counselling services
  • Breakfast club and Homework club
  • To provide computer facilities and other resources where necessary

The school's results at GCSE, including 100% A*-C pass rate with English and Maths, is a powerful indication that this additional resource helps SHSG support the individual needs of all our students.

Pupil Premium 2014-2015 

FSM 100% A+ - C (including English and Maths) 4.2% of cohort

School Action Plus 100% A+ - C (including English and Maths) 1% of cohort

Pupil Premium 100% A+ - C (including English and Maths)6% of cohort

EAL 100% A+ - C (including English and Maths) 6.4% of cohort

Pupil Premium Gap 0.0(Southend -44.6, Nationally -27.6)

Evidence of Impact made to Disadvantaged Students 2014/15

Key Stage 3 /4

Most disadvantaged students given text books for home or equipment achieved as highly in those subjects as non disadvantaged in the end of year examinations.

Access to trips, theatre, foreign exchanges etc. has given added value to disadvantaged students and opportunities they would not normally be able to access. This has had a positive effect on their knowledge and also on their cultural and social development. Through the use of Parent Pay there is no identification of disadvantaged students and they can integrate fully in the life of the school.


  • 2014-15 There were 11 disadvantaged students in year 11.

  • The attendance of FSM/ disadvantaged students was in line with non pupil premium students.

    There were no exclusions of FSM/disadvantaged students

  • 100% of year 11 leavers went onto a sustained education or employment /training.

    2014-15: On the whole FSM students achieved either on or above target

  • 2014-15 Year 11 the PPI students achieved 1/3 of a grade above target.

  • The BLP (Building Learning Power) group included some disadvantaged young people.

  • 100% of FSM, SEN, EAL and disadvantaged students achieved 5 A*-C including English and Maths at GCSE.

  • PPI FSM Average Point Score best 8 was 421, in comparison to PPI non FSM 420 points.

  • The FSM Average Point Score best 8 was 408 points.

  • 73% of PPI students and 86% of all non PPI students achieved the ebacc. The national figure is 28%.

  • The average grade at GCSE for PPI students was 50.45 points and for non PPI was 50.55 points.

  • The value added for GCSE PPI was 1039.7 (non PPI was 1029.6). The group national mean was 975.9