Pupil Premium Report 2012/13

We were allocated �227,443 for the financial year ended 31 March 2013. We received this funding in monthly instalments which were in addition to our main school budget income.

Curriculum support: �44,030

  • Mid-term and Easter revision classes for Year 11 and Year 10 (for those with early exam entries) were held. Teachers were paid for these sessions, resources and refreshments provided for the pupils.
  • "Maths Watch" CDs provided for all year 11 pupils to support their exam preparation.
  • Consultants were engaged in Maths and English to support raising C/D borderline pupils.
  • "Gold Club" was introduced for Y11 pupils, providing additional mentoring and resources.
  • "Stage not age" was introduced throughout school to support provision of a diverse curriculum despite low pupil numbers. Costs included additional teachers, resources and exam entry fees.

Small Group Support (The Bridge): �91,937

  • "The Bridge" is a facility to support the learning of a core group of pupils who have experienced difficulties in mainstream lessons due to a variety of factors. The Bridge enables these pupils to learn in a safe and stimulating environment more specifically tailored to their needs, with access to a range of support services e.g. SENCO, behaviour support, and learning support.
  • Staff employed specifically to work in "The Bridge".
  • Part-time college placements for specific pupils whose needs could not be fully met within the school environment.

Mentoring Team: �44,800

  • School Counsellor working with a number of pupils across all year groups. She is an extremely valuable resource and is greatly appreciated by pupils.
  • Our Pastoral Team provide support across both key stages. They meet as a team (SPOC, Single Point of Contact meetings) each week to discuss pupils with a wide range of additional educational needs as well as safeguarding issues. They link with internal support e.g. SENCO, PCSO as well as external agencies such as the EWO.
  • Individual pupils with specific, personal issues have had those needs provided for e.g. uniform, furniture, bedding has been purchased by the school (previously provided through BEACH funding).

KS3 Intervention and support: �22,370

  • 1-to-1 Tutoring is provided for KS3 pupils who have particular difficulties with literacy and numeracy, highlighted by their levels on entry at Y7.
  • Additional staffing has been made available to support the transition to "Stage not age".
  • The Renaissance Reading Programme has been embedded in Y7 and will continue with Y8. This is delivered through English lessons and the library, with pupils being assigned a book which is appropriate to their reading age. Pupils are then assessed online before they move on to the next level. The programme also benefits more able readers as it moves them on quickly to higher level texts.

Careers, support and guidance: �5,000

  • The school has enrolled in the Blackpool Council Careers Advisory Programme.
  • Our Gifted and Talented co-ordinator is ensuring that the needs of pupils who are recognised as being gifted and/or talented are being met.

Attendance: �20,000

  • The Vivo Rewards programme specifically rewards pupils with 100% attendance each week.
  • Rewards trips are organised each term for 100% attendees, with all costs paid by school for FSM pupils.
  • Bus fares, and bus passes are provided for poor attendees who are also in receipt of FSM.

The total number of targeted pupils was 379. Interventions for each pupil were decided on an individual, needs-led basis, which meant that they were able to benefit from more than one intervention at any one time.

Impact on Attainment and Achievement: September 2013

In the 2013 Year 11 group, the Pupil Premium cohort comprised 49 students.
Of these there were 47 students receiving Free School Meals (FSM).
Of the 5 children looked after (CLA), 3 were included in the FSM group and 2 non-FSM.
No children were from families in the armed forces.

In English, 38% gained a higher GCSE grade A*-C, compared to 56% for those not in the Pupil Premium cohort.

In terms of Pupil Premium students' progress in English, 52% made the expected levels of progress, a slight increase on the previous year, compared to 58% of those not in the Pupil Premium cohort.

In Maths, 34% gained a higher GCSE grade A*-C, compared to 53% for those not in the Pupil Premium cohort.

In terms of progress in Maths, only 26% made the progress expected of them which was lower than last year, compared to 47% for those not in the Pupil Premium cohort.

For one CLA, FSM and SEN student, the additional funding enabled enrolment on a college Bridging Programme specialising in Motor Vehicle Repair and the functional skills of Communication and Numeracy. This student attended well to successfully gain the qualifications.

Case Study, Y11 CLA, FSM, Male, 2013


Accelerated Read (Renaissance Reading Programme) Report June 2013 � Y7

Prizes and rewards

POD A: Total points 284
Jack: word count 131,725
Emma: quizzes taken 18, passed 17
Marcus: quizzes taken 32, passed 27

POD B Winners: Total points 460
Jodie: word count 516,840
Ben: quizzes taken 52, passed 50
Sarah: quizzes taken 19, passed 18

All the above will receive certificates, pens and a book each. POD B will receive chocolates to share within group.

All Y7 pupils will receive certificates, pens and bookmarks.

Results to support continuation in Y8

Cost to run Accelerated Read for Sept 2013/2014 for 60 pupils - �1358.

From this year's results 62% improved their reading age from between one month and up to three years.


60% of pupils in this category improved their reading age.


66% of pupils in this category improved their reading age.

Accelerated Read has been incorporated into the Y7 timetable this year giving pupils time in the library, allowing them to choose books within their reading levels but also to encourage reading as part of their day.

POD B Lead - Laura Mountjoy Accelerated Read

The accelerated read programme has been a big success with Pod B throughout the school year. Students have enjoyed reading and taking quizzes on their books. It has now become a fun yet effective intervention for the students and they have made good progress in both their reading and literacy skills; especially our SEN cohort.
Each student enjoys picking their own book and challenging themselves to achieve at least 8 out of 10. Their weekly routine is well embedded, and all students look forward to their accelerated read time slot.

I hope this programme can carry on next year as it has been a proven success with Pod B.

POD A Lead � Genevieve Cornes Accelerated Read

At consultation evening Parents were made aware of the reason of their child's progress in English: regular reading time in class and varied tasks associated with reading. Families were asked to encourage their child to borrow books in the library and keep up with reading during the summer holidays in order to sustain the progress made in readiness for year 8.

Numbers of books read in school were added to the year 7 Pod A reports.