The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based upon the number of low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM as well as students who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. The pupil premium is calculated on the number of students who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.
For the forthcoming academic year the Local Governing Body of the school has allocated almost 90% of the budget to focus upon high quality learning in English and Maths at Key Stage 4 as well as in improving the basic literacy and numeracy of the students in The Bridge (Year 7) and The Gateway (Year 8). The governors believe that providing additional resources to improve the development of these basic skills will improve the life chances of President Kennedy School students and ensure their success at each stage of their education.
The Governing Body continually target the Pupil Premium in order to raise the attainment of students entitled to free school meals. Our pupil premium students make outstanding progress. Provisional 2016 analysis of exam results indicate a Progress 8 score of 0.59 for pupil premium students which means that on average they achieve more than half of one GCSE grade higher across all their eight subjects compared to all (not just other PP) students nationally. This outstanding achievement means that students now make much better progress than would be expected given their attainment when they started at the school and when compared to other schools.
In addition, governors targeted funding at improving the transition between primary and secondary school in the establishment of The Bridge. An OFSTED report in November 2011 commented that The Bridge
“is providing an effective bridge between primary school and secondary school environments.”
“The curriculum is carefully designed to develop students’ skills, and the progress of every student is closely monitored.”
“The least able students have already made very good progress in their literacy skills. At the same time, the most able have also made rapid progress as their needs are also fully met”
In the school's most recent inspection, Ofsted commented that:
"The Bridge is a very safe and supportive environment which helps students to make the transition from Primary School to Secondary School"
Parent and student satisfaction as demonstrated through questionnaires is also high.
President Kennedy School Allocation
April 11 – March 12
April 12 – March 13
April 13 – March 14
April 14 - March 15
April 15 - March 16
April 16 - March 17
On Which students does President Kennedy School use the money to prioritise its spending?
- Free school meal (FSM) students and other vulnerable students who are underachieving at KS4
- FSM students and other vulnerable students who are in danger of underachieving at KS4
- FSM students and other vulnerable students who are underachieving at KS3
- Other underachieving students
N.B. Our looked after students are also in receipt of free school meals and are therefore included in the target groups.
We used the Pupil Premium to fund three activity types:
- Leader of Literacy and Numeracy appointed to work in The Bridge (Year 7) and across the school.
- Assistant Leader of Literacy appointed.
- 3 teaching assistants in The Bridge provide small group teaching including Fresh Start and guided reading programmes.
- The Bridge and The Gateway (Year 8) Colleges are generously staffed to provide support all day for the students focused upon attendance, punctuality and the progress made by students. Staffing in each college includes a learning mentor, College Manager, College Leader and a teacher responsible for curriculum development.
- Achievement for All programme focuses upon providing high quality learning programmes in The Bridge and The Gateway to ensure students make 2 sub-levels of progress and are on track to achieve their targets.
- Overstaffing in Year 9 English to deliver the Fresh Start Programme.
- Rigorous performance management system which involves discussion about performance of pupil students within individual classes
- Our PP students make more progress (from their starting points) in E&M than all students nationally
- All students entitled to the pupil premium are highlighted on SIMs marks sheets and the focus throughout the school is on accelerating their progress
- Monthly data is monitored at Key Stage 4 to track the progress of pupil premium students and adjust interventions where necessary
- Weekly meetings amongst key colleagues within the colleges focused upon student progress and removing barriers to learning.
- Additional classes in English and Maths at Key Stage 4 allows for smaller classes and flexible programmes and intensive lessons close to the exams
- Additional staffing enables Maths and English to be taught in small groups to our most vulnerable students
- HLTAs and a TA team in English and Maths provide tailored support to targeted groups of students.
- Pupil Premium students performance is compared with national data rather than local in order to raise expectations to reach national levels of ‘all pupils’ rather than just the ‘pupil premium’ group
- Place pupil premium spending within the School Improvement Plan
- Subsidising student visits so that they can see performances of plays for example
- Purchase of text books and resources for Maths and English so that students can have their own copy and take them home.
- Work related learning courses to motivate key students
- Funding our staff to work in primary schools so that students achieve KS2 level 4.
- Other Enrichment opportunities are subsidised