Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

Use of the Pupil Premium in 2016-2017 and plans for 2017-2018

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers (DfE 2016).

Secondary schools receive £935 for pupils for each student in Year 7 to Year 11 registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. Schools also receive £1,900 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as being looked after or previously looked after. The service premium is extra funding for schools to support children and young people with parents in the armed forces. Schools will receive £300 for each eligible student.

Use of Pupil Premium Funding in 2016-2017
Number of students eligible for Pupil Premium funding 77
Total amount of Pupil Premium funding £72,325

During the academic year 2016-17, Pupil Premium funding was used in a variety of ways to support students to close the gap in curriculum and extracurricular opportunities. As a result, it reinforced aspects of our School Development Plan: creating happy, enriched, resilient, healthy students. The main barriers to educational achievement that disadvantaged students in the school face include costs associated with: travel to school, additional revision materials, school trips and residential visits.

The following support was provided as a result of Pupil Premium funding:

  • Homework club available for all students.
  • Eligible students received a bursary towards their school uniform and travel by public transport.
  • Eligible students received a stationery pack.
  • All eligible Year 11 students received a revision tools pack.
  • Learning mentors provided one to one support and small group work sessions for students.
  • Funding for resources such as dictionaries in departments, grammar books and staffing to enhance provision for those students who speak English as an additional language.
  • The purchase of Skills badges to support our whole school initiative of 'Skills for Success'. This scheme recognises the achievements of students who are able to employ a wide range of learning skills in their subjects.
  • Subsidies to provide access to the full range of curriculum opportunities available such as revision guides, workbooks, subject based journals and materials for practical subjects like Art and Technology.
  • Subsidies to provide access to the full range of extracurricular opportunities available such as Music tuition, trips and residential visits.
  • A Transition Day for Year 4 and 5 students was hosted to broaden access to students from a wide variety of primary schools.
  • Additional support from outside agencies including careers interviews and mentoring programmes.

The Impact of Pupil Premium Funding.

100% of Year 11 Pupil Premium students achieved 5 or more GCSE grades A*- C or 7-9 including English and Maths.

All Year 10 students sat a GCSE in Religious Studies in the summer of 2017. 93% of non-Pupil Premium students achieved grades A*-A and the figure for Pupil Premium students was 92%. Pupil Premium students performed on a par with non Pupil Premium students on this measure.

Non Pupil Premium Pupil Premium Overall School figure
Attainment 8 73.1 72.7 73.1
English Attainment 8 Score 15.2 15.1 15.1
Maths Attainment 8 Score 14.6 14.2 14.6

The figures from 2017 GCSE examinations are shown above. The figures demonstrate the success of strategies used to raise the achievement of all students and narrow the gap between Pupil Premium students and non-Pupil Premium students.

Plans for 2017-2018
Number of students eligible for Pupil Premium funding 62
Total amount of Pupil Premium funding £57, 9655

The school will build on its use of Pupil Premium funding by continuing to provide targeted strategies to promote achievement. The school's approach is informed by 'The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit', an independent resource which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged students.

In addition to existing school strategies, this will include:

  • Continuing to broaden access by further outreach work with a wide variety of primary schools.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of homework, including the use of an online homework planner.
  • Further improving engagement and communication with parents, including a text service and an online booking system for Progress Evenings.
  • Continuing our focus on improving teaching and learning, developing students’ growth mindset strategies (C. Dweck 2005).
  • Providing further support with careers education and raising aspirations.
  • Ensuring Continuous Professional Development for staff focusing on sharing specific teaching strategies for different groups of learners.
  • Developing the PHSE programme in order to build resilience.
  • Continuing to broaden access by further outreach work with a wide variety of primary schools.

The school was delighted to receive a High Aspiration Award at the Pupil Premium Awards in March 2015, recognising our success in improving outcomes for our disadvantaged students.

The date of the next Pupil Premium strategy review is October 2017. Impact is measured in a number of ways including through examination results, inclusion in terms of full participation in school life and student voice.

If your daughter does not have Free School Meals but may be eligible because of your family's income, please contact the main school office for more details (telephone: 0121 354 1479). As well as having a Free School Meal, it will mean that the school can claim additional Pupil Premium funding in order to promote your daughter's learning.