Pupil Premium

The Purbeck School Pupil Premium Strategy 2017-18

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is intended to raise the progress and attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.  It is paid by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for Free School Meals from Reception to Year 11.

This entitlement has now been extended to the ‘Ever6’.  These are children who have been in receipt of Free School Meals at any point over the last six years, but may not be in receipt of them now.

For Looked After Children, the pupil premium was calculated using the Looked After Children data returns (SSDA903)

A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.  This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.

The Pupil Premium is additional to the main school funding and it will be used by this school to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.  These groups have been identified since research shows that nationally, students in these categories do significantly less well than other similar students so the funding is designed to bridge the gap. For all such students, the school receives approximately £218,000 in total overall.

The Government has asked every school to make it clear where this money is being spent and the impact it is having on young people eligible for the Pupil Premium. In order for us to do this, we are using our Pupil Premium Guarantee at The Purbeck School. This guarantee will use the Pupil Premium to enhance and extend our current provision to make sure that students, whose parents or carers are on lower incomes, are not disadvantaged in any way.

Pupil Premium Guarantee

Our Guarantee for every qualifying student will include:

  1. £100 per child per academic year to go towards the cost of uniform, equipment, trips and activities such as the Year 11 Prom. This will be held by the Business Manager but can be claimed at any time by parents/carers by contacting Mrs Jan Alford at school. All such requests will be treated with the strictest confidence.
  2. Guaranteed access to an Ansbury personal adviser for careers advice and guidance at key points in their education.
  3. Guaranteed access, where appropriate, to a Learning Coach to ensure progress towards targets.
  4. Guaranteed access to interventions such as mentoring, gifted and talented events and activities, motivational and careers-based opportunities such as visits to university and local businesses
  5. Guaranteed access, where required, to 1:1 support or small group work for English and/or Maths
  6. Guaranteed access to bespoke individual support from our inclusion team focussing on areas such a confidence building and time management
  7. All students eligible for Pupil Premium will receive an Individual Education Plan to co-ordinate their support if they are felt to be underperforming

Applying for Free School Meals

If you feel you could be eligible for free school meals, it is very simple to apply and takes moments to do and as well as all the benefits listed above, you will receive over £400 worth of fantastic lunches available from our café and bistro. Simply telephone Dorset County Council on 01305 221014 and give your National Insurance number and your child’s date of birth. You will be told immediately if you are eligible and the next steps in the process. We are not allowed to telephone on behalf of the parent or carer – it has to be done in person.

In addition, students in receipt of free school meals are never identified by us in any way as all students pay in the same way by using cashless catering so nobody can tell who is receiving free school meals.

Our commitment to every student

Please rest assured that although the school is investing in this provision, the school works hard to ensure ALL students achieve their potential. All students are consistently monitored and if anyone is underperforming, they will also get the benefits listed above to improve their performance. The additional money has allowed the school to add extra capacity to work that we are already doing so that we can help more students.

Current Progress and Success

In 2016/17, the headline GCSE performance measures for Pupil Premium students at The Purbeck School are:

Progress 8 0
Attainment 8 38.1
Percentage of pupils achieving 9-5 in English and Maths 24.5%
Percentage of pupils achieving a grade 5 in English 33%
Percentage of pupils achieving a grade 5 in Maths 39%
Percentage of pupils achieving a grade 9-4 in English and Maths 39%
Percentage of pupils achieving a grade 4 in English 59%
Percentage of pupils achieving a grade 4 in Maths 41%
Percentage of pupils entering the English Baccalaureate 18.4%
Percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate 6%
  • Well done to all of our Pupil Premium students they achieved excellent results
  • These are the first GCSE results using the new grading system of 1-9 – therefore, there is no comparison data from 2015/16
  • Proportion of Pupil Premium students making expected progress is in line with national non Pupil Progress students – this is an excellent achievement
  • Pupil Premium students made better progress than Non-Pupil Premium students in Chemistry; Business Studies; French; Geology; and 100% of Pupil Premium students made above or expected progress in Construction
  • Students in receipt of Free School Meals (Ever6) achieved a Progress 8 score of -0.07. This indicates that FSM students make similar progress at The Purbeck School to Non-FSM students at other schools;
  • Proportion of FSM students achieving a grade 5 in English and Maths is 20%: those achieving a strong pass in English was 28%; and in Maths 36%
  • FSM students made better progress than Non-FSM students in Health and Social Care; Geology; PRE; and 100% of FSM students made above or expected progress in Construction
  • If you think you may qualify for free school meals, and even if you are not sure, please contact Dorset County Council before January 2018 so that you can access our Pupil Premium Guarantee.

Adam Darley


Pupil Premium Strategy 2017-18 (pdf)

Cohort Overview 2017-18 (pdf)

Review of Pupil Premium expenditure 2016-17 (pdf)

Y7 Catch Up Strategy 2017-18 (pdf)

Pupil Premium Impact Report 2017-18 (pdf)

Pupil Premium Strategy 2018-19 (pdf)


Additional School Strategies

In addition to the allocated funding we have ensured PP students are effectively tracked and monitored throughout the curriculum and beyond.

In addition to the allocated funding we have ensured PP students are effectively tracked and monitored throughout the curriculum and beyond.

Additional effective strategies that we use (ref Charlotte Carter-Wall)

  • Interventions directly into English and Maths (see budget allocation)
  • Regular data tracking – and frequent re directions of actions as a result, using attendance and exclusions data
  • Tracking using transition tables
  • Use PP as a performance management target. This is explicitly the case for all staff funded by PP money.
  • Assertive coaching and mentoring
  • PP analysis as part of the regular data review by Heads of core (ref line management)

Additional effective strategies that we use

  • Whole school focus on PP last academic year with training sessions and data training on SISRA using PP as example
  • PP now put in as  whole as well as subgroup in SISRA for all teacher to be able to analyse
  • School and Subject Development plans have a specific focus on Pupil Premium students
  • Powerful Feedback (ref Sutton Trust/ Hattie) – specifically using different formative feedback approaches is a whole school priority