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Our Lady's Catholic
High School

Our School

Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The government has allocated our school a sum of money which is called the "Pupil Premium". This is to improve the educational chances of students who may find circumstances outside school challenging due to financial hardship or other issues.

The three identified groups are; students who are entitled to free school meals (or have been anytime in the last 6 years, know as ‘Ever 6’), students who have a parent working for the Armed Services and those children in Local Authority Care.

Pupil Premium students are a diverse range of ages, backgrounds, abilities and needs but disadvantage does not hinder potential.

Our approach to Pupil Premium:

  1. We offer and implement a range of strategies which we believe supports the academic and personal development of our Pupil Premium students.

  2. Monitor, evaluate and intervene.

The Pupil Premium grant allocation for our school for the last three years is shown in the table below:

Financial Year

Grant allocation to OLCHS

2015-2016

£276,000

2016-2017

£297,000

2017-2018

£312,000

How do we use Pupil Premium funding?

There are a wide variety of activities, initiatives and expenditures to benefit Pupil Premium students which we have paid from our grant allocation. We aim to support our Pupil Premium students in the following areas:

  1. Aspiration

  2. Cultural Breadth

  3. Learning Support

  4. Welfare, Self-esteem and Confidence

  5. Teacher support

1. Aspiration - Initiatives that enable students to consider new and exciting challenges such as applying to Russell Group universities, pursuing career pathways and being able to vision their successful futures. Examples are:

a. Specialist and tailored careers service

b. Trips to Oxford university and other Russell Group universities

c. Pathway guidance - further careers interview support

2. Cultural Breadth - Initiatives that enable students to engage in extra curricular activities such as theatre trips, museum visits, music tuition, etc. Examples are:

  1. Personalised music tuition

  2. Enrichment trips in various subject areas - field trips, theatre trips, visit to the Globe, pantomime

  3. Lunchtime clubs

  4. After school clubs

  5. Before and after school study support

3. Learning Support - Initiatives that support the learning of individuals in lessons and in small group interventions. Examples are:

  1. Literacy and Numeracy intervention programmes

  2. Access to specialist software for Maths, SEN and MFL (to support home learning)

  3. Holiday revision programmes at KS4

  4. Alternative courses/setting at KS4 - ASDAN

  5. Learning mentor sessions

4. Welfare, Self-esteem and Confidence - Initiatives that support the development of learners beyond the classroom; promoting well being and self-confidence in order to ensure students make good progress. Examples are:

  1. Access to school counsellor and learning mentor

  2. Behaviour support tailored to individual need

  3. ‘Big sister’ project

  4. Nurture groups at KS3

  5. First Aid training

  6. Attendance support

5. Teacher Support - Initiatives that support the development of our teaching staff to enable them to stretch and challenge pupil premium students. Examples are:

  1. Teacher coaching

  2. Teacher development programmes

  3. Wide CPD programme including Growth Mindset and SEN support

Are we ‘closing the gap’ for attainment?

We strive to ensure that all students attain well and make excellent progress in our school.  We are working to ensure that the gap in performance between all students and those who are eligible for PP is closed. We will continue to work to achieve this goal through our broad and balanced curriculum

The table below shows our GCSE results for the past three years (please be aware that over this period, we are reporting on different things such as Ebacc and changes from letter grades to numerical grades):

2017 GCSE results

All Pupils

Pupil Premium

Non pupil premium

% of 5 GCSEs at 9 -51

49%

46%

52%

% of Eng & Ma 9 - 51

49%

46%

52%

% Achieving Ebacc2

31%

28%

33%

Avg Attainment 83

50.9

48.8

52.7

OLCHS between ALL and PP% Eng & Ma 9 -5 =  3%  
1 New GCSE 9-1 grading introduced.  5 is considered a strong pass (old high C) 2Ebacc - ‘English Baccalaureate’ - GCSE in English, Maths, Science, MFL and History or Geography 3Attainment 8 - a student’s average attainment across 8 subjects

 

2016 GCSE results

All Pupils

Pupil Premium

Non pupil premium

% of 5 A* -C

76%

67%

82%

% of Eng & Ma A* - C

67%

56%

75%

% Achieving Ebacc**

43%

33%

49%

Avg Attainment 8***

53.3

49.3

56.2

OLCHS between ALL and PP % Eng & Ma A*-C  =  11%

2015 GCSE results

All Pupils

Pupil Premium

Non pupil premium

% of 1 A* -C

100%

100%

100%

% of 5 A* -C

80%

85%

77%

% of 5  A*-C inc Eng & Ma

63%

59%

70%

% of 5 A* -G

99%

98%

66%

% Expected progress in Eng

80%

79%

83%

% Expected progress in Ma

81%

81%

84%

2015 OLCHS between ALL and PP % 5 A*-C inc Eng & Ma =  4%