The King's (The Cathedral) School


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.

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, The School will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years: £1,320 for pupils in reception to Year 6 and £935 for pupils in Years 7 to 11.

The School will receive £1,900 for any pupil identified in the January 2016 school census as having left local authority care as a result of one of the following: adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order) or who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more.

Evidence shows that the progress and achievement of disadvantaged pupils is normally lower than that of ‘other’ pupils. Since receiving this additional funding, a number of successful strategies have been implemented to tackle underachievement and raise student aspirations at The King’s School:

  • Learning Mentors who work with identified pupils in one-to-one sessions and/or curriculum lessons to help increase their confidence, aspirations and personal development.  
  • A Key Stage 3 English Mentor and a Key Stage 3 Maths Mentor to enhance the attainment of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium-funded support and close cap prior to their GCSE courses.
  • An efficient recording system to log the individual support funded by Pupil Premium and measurable outcomes, allowing information to be effectively shared to those working with these pupils.
  • A structured revision timetable, during Study Leave, for Year 11 pupils who might struggle with independent revision and/or pupils who are not on target to achieve 5 A* to C (or equivalent) including English and Maths.
  • Individualised targeted support materials to enhance access to the curriculum i.e. revision materials, internet access, USB memory devices etc.  
  • A Sixth Form Pupil Premium prefect has worked on a 1-2-1 basis as a peer mentor.
  • Pupil Premium staff have been instrumental in the training of Sixth Form students to work as peer mentors for Year 9 and 10 pupils.
  • A Key Stage Three Breakfast Club supports pupils with their organisation and homework, so that they may become more independent learners.
  • 1-2-1 tutoring and small group intervention with specialist subject tutors is used to target specific areas of need.
  • The impact of spending is measured against progress and attainment, based on benchmark data, teacher predictions and summative assessments.
  • Successful intervention has included:
    • Metacognition and self-regulation - pupils working with the Learning Mentor to break down barriers to learning and to develop strategies to motivate themselves and plan, monitor and evaluate their own learning.
    • Early intervention - high quality provision, with a strong educational focus and activities which support reading, literacy and numeracy skills.
    • One-to-one tutoring - providing intensive 1:1 remedial tuition, for short, regular sessions over a set period of time to enable pupils to catch up with their peers.
  • Pupil Premium provision has a distinct area within the school where the team has 2 offices and a small classroom designated for Breakfast Club and small group intervention.
  • Data collection has been expanded to include information on extra-curricular activities, such as involvement on school visits/trips.

Evidence of Impact

Note: Some pupils find it particularly difficult to do well in tests and examinations, but all pupils are capable of making progress.   Value-Added recognises the work of the school and pupils to facilitate progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4.   The national Value-Added score is now zero, not 1,000. Value-Added above 0 (zero) represents schools where pupils on average made more progress than similar pupils nationally, while Value-Added below 0 represent schools where pupils made less progress.

RAISEonline 2016

  • There were no disadvantaged pupils in Year 6.
  • 13 disadvantaged pupils in the Year 11 cohort, 8.7% (2.7% from 2015)

NB: Performance on the new measures at Key Stage 4 is not comparable with 2015 performance. Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are key parts of the Government’s Key Stage 4 accountability measures for 2016. The comparator used for disadvantaged pupils is the national figure for other pupils (non-disadvantaged pupils).

  • The Progress 8 score for school disadvantaged pupils is 0.23, compared to 0.5 for all pupils at the school and 0.1 for other pupils nationally.
  • The Attainment 8 score for school disadvantaged pupils is 63.5 compared to 65.7 for all pupils and 53.3 for other pupils nationally.
  • 85% of disadvantaged pupils achieved a GCSE grade C or higher in English & Maths, compared to 70.6% nationally and 91% for all pupils at The King’s School.
  • 54% of disadvantaged pupils achieved the English Baccalaureate, compared to 59% for all pupils and 29.7% nationally.
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  • On average disadvantaged pupils were entered for 11.08 qualifications achieving an average of 6.19 points per qualification, compared to 11.5 qualifications for all pupils at 6.36 points per qualification. Nationally, pupils were entered for 9.32 qualifications and achieved an average points score of 5.1.
  • There were no disadvantaged pupils in year 6 and therefore no end of Key Stage two summary data for 2016.

Extra-Curricular Survey Highlights

  • 75% of Pupil Premium Year 11 pupils take part in extra activities outside of school time. These include music, sport, dance, D of E etc.
  • 100% of Pupil Premium Year 11 pupils have accessed trips and activities organised by the school. 81% of Pupil Premium Year 11 pupils have accessed trips abroad organised by the school.