Pupil Premium

The Purbeck School Pupil Premium Strategy

At The Purbeck School, we have high expectations of ALL students. We draw on research evidence, such as the Education Endowment Foundation’s teaching and learning toolkit, and evidence from our own experience to allocate funding to interventions that are most likely to maximise achievement.  However, we never confuse eligibility for the Pupil Premium with low ability, and focus on supporting our disadvantaged students to achieve the highest levels.

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) was introduced in April 2011 and provides funding for:

  • Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential.
  • Supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.

The Pupil Premium Grant 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 students who need it most. Every school receives a fixed amount of money based on the number of students who are:

  • Ever 6 Free School Meals (FSM)

– The pupil premium for 2018 to 2019 will include pupils recorded in the January 2018 school census who are known to have been eligible for FSM since May 2012, as well as those first known to be eligible at January 2018.

  • Children adopted from care or who have left care

– The pupil premium for 2018 to 2019 will include pupils recorded in the January 2018 school census and alternative provision census, who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). These are collectively referred to as post-LAC in these conditions of grant.

  • Ever 6 service child

– For the purposes of these grant conditions, Ever 6 service child means a pupil recorded in the January 2018 school census who was eligible for the service child premium since the January 2013 census as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time on the January 2018 school census.

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 provide 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.

Pupil Premium Guarantee

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 £229,000 in total overall.

At The Purbeck School, we use our Pupil Premium Guarantee 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. This will include:

  • £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.
  • Guaranteed access to an Ansbury personal adviser for careers advice and guidance at key points in their education.
  • Guaranteed access to a Learning Mentor to ensure progress towards targets.
  • Guaranteed access to a Service Childs Support Worker to ensure progress towards targets.
  • 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
  • Guaranteed access to bespoke individual support from our inclusion team focussing on areas such a confidence building and time management
  • All students eligible for Pupil Premium will receive an Individual Education Plan to co-ordinate their support if they are felt to be underperforming

The Pupil Premium Grant is divided into the following four priority areas:

  1. Teaching for Mastery and the Power of Assessment and Feedback

A commitment that virtually ALL students can learn all important academic knowledge to a level of excellence if…

  • allowed the right amount of time to learn;
  • provided with the appropriate conditions to learn.

We understand the importance of ensuring that all teaching meets the needs of each learner, rather than relying on interventions to compensate. Starting in September 2017, we have developed and implemented a Mastery model of teaching, learning and assessment. In all subjects, units of work begin with a diagnostic pre-assessment with pre-teaching to ensure that all students, before the teaching of a new idea begins, have the foundations for new learning. Teaching is responsive to the needs of students through continuous checking for understanding. High quality corrective instruction is provided to remedy gaps, errors and misconceptions in knowledge and skills. At the end of all units of work, post assessments provide opportunities for students to show what they have learned well and what they need to develop.

  1. Highly tailored interventions and more time

Our diagnostic assessments in English and Maths identify where the basic skills gaps exist among eligible students as soon as they arrive in Y7, through reading tests and dyslexia screening, and we deploy our HLTA’s to help close these gaps. Students who have a reading age 12 months or more below their chronological age are provided an intervention appropriate from our Personalised Literacy Pathways, which includes Jolly phonics, IXL and Lexonic. Students who have a KS2 standardised score in Maths less than 90 are assigned to our Nurture Maths classes and receive an additional two lessons per cycle.

  1. Minimising barriers to achievement

We have thought carefully about what barriers to learning our students are experiencing, and how to remove or, at least, minimise them. As part of the Pupil Premium Guarantee, students will have access to a range of mentors to enable them to make progress with their learning. We have employed a Behaviour Management Support Worker, an Attendance Officer, a Mental Health Councillor and a Service Child Support Worker to provide well-targeted support to improve behaviour and attendance, and to support student’s mental wellbeing. Our Learning Mentors will strengthen links with families where these are barriers to a student’s learning. Our Pastoral Tiered Support Structure provides differentiated support to each student’s individual needs.

  1. Raising aspirations and broadening experiences

Our priority is to support every child fulfil their potential, encourage all students to raise aspirations, and to progress onto higher education or into a career of their choice. We support our disadvantaged students financially by subsidising costs for trips and extracurricular opportunities. The Careers Information, Advice & Guidance Education programme at The Purbeck School aims to encourage all students to develop skills that will enable them to make the transition into further or higher education, apprenticeships and accredited training in employment.  It aims to offer objective and impartial advice from a range of talks, activities and individual interviews. All students are offered a careers appointment to discuss their next steps, whether this is thinking about GCSE options, Post16 education or beyond.

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

The Government has announced opens in a new window that it will not publish any school or college level educational performance data based on tests, assessments or exams for 2020. This update published here opens in a new window clarifies what this means for the way school and college accountability will operate for 2019/20.

In 2018/19, the headline GCSE performance measures for Pupil Premium students at The Purbeck School are:

Progress 8 0.14
Attainment 8 41.1
Percentage of pupils achieving 9-5 in English and Maths 17.8%
Percentage of pupils achieving a grade 5 in English 33.3%
Percentage of pupils achieving a grade 5 in Maths 31.1%
Percentage of pupils achieving a grade 9-4 in English and Maths 46.7%
Percentage of pupils achieving a grade 4 in English 60%
Percentage of pupils achieving a grade 4 in Maths 64.4%
Percentage of pupils entering the English Baccalaureate 6.7%
Percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate 4.4%


  • Proportion of Pupil Premium students making expected progress is in line with national non Pupil Progress students – this is an excellent achievement!
  • Well done to all of our Pupil Premium students; they achieved excellent results.
  • Pupil Premium students made better progress than Non-Pupil Premium students in Food Technology, Geology, Photography and PRE.
  • Pupil Premium students made above or expected progress in Combined Science, Construction, English Literature, Food technology, French, Geography, Geology, Maths, Media, Photography, PRE and Sport.
  • Students in receipt of Free School Meals (Ever6) achieved a Maths Progress 8 score of 0.12. This indicates that FSM students make more progress at The Purbeck School to Non-FSM students at other schools;


Pupil Premium Report 2019-20 Review (pdf)

Pupil Premium Strategy 2020-23 (pdf)

Literacy & Numeracy Catch Up Strategy 2019-20 (pdf)