All staff at Preston School are fully committed to closing the attainment and progress gaps that exist between eligible students and their peers. For us it is a very high priority and we see it as our moral duty to ensure that disadvantaged children make outstanding progress.
Key staff with specific responsibilities for leading improvements in outcomes for disadvantaged students are:
- Pupil Premium Governor: Graham Pritchard
- Associate Assistant Principal: Mr T Kendall (Pupil Premium budget and strategy)
- Year 11 Learning Manager: Mr J Moise
- Year 10 Learning Manager: Mrs M Purton
- Year 9 Learning Manger: Mrs T White
- Year 8 Learning Manager: Miss C Forni
- Year 7 Learning Manager: Mr J Hinks
- Pupil Premium Assistant: -
- English: Mrs M Thomas (Closing the Gap Lead for English)
- Maths: Mrs H Nicholas (Closing the Gap Lead for Maths)
Was your adopted child formally a ‘looked after child’ and adopted on or after 30 December 2005?
Schools in England can now receive the Pupil Premium funding for children adopted from care, or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005. Schools can also claim the Pupil Premium for children who left care under a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991.
To enable us to claim the Pupil Premium, which can then be used to further support your child, you will need to inform us about your child and provide supporting evidence, for example, show the school the original Adoption (Court) Order. You will need to self-declare before 16th December 2016, before the school completes the annual School Census in January. This will then trigger the payment of the Pupil Premium to the school from April 2017.
Please send any supporting evidence to the school addressed to Mrs H Cullen, Vice Principal.
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Narrowing the Gap: Using the Pupil Premium effectively
Preston School is an average-sized secondary school. It has a subject specialism in business and enterprise. The proportion of students for whom the academy receives pupil premium is below average with 22.05% of students known to be eligible for Pupil Premium funding. Pupil Premium funding is an additional government funding for students in the care of the local authority, those known to be eligible for free school meals. 133 students were registered as eligible for Pupil Premium at the January 2015 census.
The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is at 9.6% which are classified at Special Educational Needs on the Inclusion Register; this is below the national average. Preston School has a specially resourced provision for students with autism.
Pupil Premium funding and principles
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches pupils who need it most. Preston School was allocated £153,00 pupil premium funding for the academic year 2017/18 in addition to the main school budget.
The level of premium received into school is as follows;
- For each student currently eligible for free school meals or have received them in the last 6 years, since January 2010 (Ever 6) the academy will receive £935.
- For service children or families in receipt of an Arms Forces pension any time in the last 6 years since January 2010 the academy will receive £300.
- For children who are looked after in care at any point in the previous 12 months, the academy will receive to £1900
- For children who are adopted from care the academy will receive £1900
Preston School fully support the thinking behind the Pupil Premium and believe that the best way for disadvantaged pupils to achieve is to be in a school with high expectations, a strong ethos of achievement, and where high quality teaching and learning flourishes. When a positive climate for learning is created along with targeted support, then the progress rates for pupil premium accelerates.
Our aim is that “everyone achieves” and the pupil premium funding is used to ensure that all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential by making good progress, achieving well in external examinations and being prepared for the world of work. Our use of the Pupil Premium is covered by the following principles:
- That we maintain the highest expectations of all pupils and not equate disadvantage of circumstances with ‘low ability’
- That we promote an inclusive and collaborative ethos in their classrooms which enable pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to thrive
- That we plan and deliver curricula and lessons to a high standard and support the acceleration of progress in learning, so that gaps can be narrowed and improvements maintained
- That disadvantaged groups of pupils are supported in their class through differentiated planning and teaching, especially for those who find aspects of learning difficult and are in danger of falling behindIn making provision for socially disadvantaged children, we recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all children who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals
Population overview 2016/17
Pupil Premium funding allocated - £154,620.00 Total number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium at January 2015 census – 133 Total number of pupils eligible for Service Child premium – 85 Total number of pupils eligible for Adopted from care premium - 3