Pupil Premium

Information related to pupil premium, disadvantaged children and free school meals can be found in the sections below.

 

Introduction

Staff at Branston are committed to raising the achievement of all our students. In 2011 the Government introduced the Pupil Premium funding. Currently this funding is provided for the groups of children listed below.

Category Funding per year
Free School Meal Students £935
Students that have had free school meals in the past 6 years (referred to as Ever 6) £935
Looked after children/special guardianship/residence order £1900

The Government refers to these students as ‘disadvantaged pupil premium’ students (DPP).

In addition, it provides funding of £300 per year for children from services families. In this case parents must ensure that they have told the school that their child is from a service family. If you need to inform us then please contact us.

Further information from the Government may also be found here.

I think my child may be entitled to free school meals?

Parents do not have to pay for school lunches if they receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit* and have an annual household income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190 (as at April 2012)
  • Universal Credit

 

If you think you are entitled to free school then please complete this online form. Alternatively, follow this link to a Printable Form which you may complete and return to the school c/o Mrs H Marriott.

How many Branston students are pupil premium?

Currently 27% of our students receive Pupil Premium Funding.

Whole School Profile 2017-18

How much money does Branston get for Pupil Premium students and how is it spent?

Our budget for 2017-18 is approx. £200,000.

We have mapped our provision against the latest research to ensure that we are spending our funding on worthwhile resources and activities. We have linked our school provision to the research published in the Education Endowment Toolkit.

Our actual expenditure for 2016-17

actual expenditure 16-17

 

What does Branston do for its Disadvantaged students?

Our starting point is to ensure that we secure success for all students within the Academy. We have developed a series of Pledges that we work towards as an entitlement for our pupil premium students.

We also believe that establishing excellent working relationships with families is essential. We work with our Primary partners to identify Y6 students joining Branston in Year 7. Families are invited in for a face-to-face meeting with our Pupil Premium team during the summer term of Y6. In 2017 62% of parents attended this initial meeting. Each Y6 student is invited to a Summer School during the holidays to ease transition in September. In July 2017 61% of eligible students attended the summer school (see a sample of our summer school feedback below).

Once students join us they will receive regular meetings with our specialist Pupil Premium mentors. The main principle of these meetings is to manage learning, review progress and identify and allocate resources.

We work closely with a local uniform manufacturer to provide free uniforms discreetly at the end of each academic year for DPP students. Last year we had 100% uptake.

In addition, we also ensure that DPP students have continuous access to both basic and specialised stationery and equipment, educational trips, reading books, additional subject tuition, music lessons, sports lessons, transport, reward trips, school Christmas meal and support to complete our pledges.

Students also receive support throughout each academic year.

Examples where direct financial support is offered are:
Key Stage 3: Y6 Summer school, Y7/8 Outward Bound trip, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Annington Trust Outward Bound, overseas school trips, kindle and netbook
Key Stage 4: GCSE subject materials and revision guides, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Annington Trust Outward Bound, laptop, Prom ticket and the KS4 reward trip.

 

What impact does the Pupil Premium Spending have on Branston students?
    Y6 Summer School

We gathered feedback from each participant from our summer school 2017.

Student comments included:
‘It was useful because I have found my way around the school and met new people.’
‘I particularly enjoyed DT because it raised my confidence around the machinery.’
‘I would like other people to have these experiences.’
‘I really enjoyed the Forensic Science Day.’

Parent comments included:
‘My daughter has enjoyed every minute. She has talked enthusiastically about all the activities and has particularly enjoyed PE and cooking. It has been a fantastic platform for their admission in September. She is now not nervous, knows her way around and has met staff and new friends. I can’t make any suggestions for improvements as it has been such a great experience.’

‘My son has come home every day saying how much he enjoyed it.’

 

Outdoor Adventure

Each trip is reviewed after completion. Student feedback can be found here:

Buxton Trip Feedback

PGL Student Feedback

Snowden Trip Feedback

 

Annington Trust (Outward Bound)

‘I have had a fab time, met some friends that will last a lifetime. There were four girls in my room including one from Beijing and we are now pen friends.’

‘I really enjoyed quite a few activities but especially

• Swimming back across the lake on our way back from expedition,

• Gorge scrambling,

• Canoeing.

From going on the Outward Bound course I have decided that I would like to go on the three week course next year as I enjoyed this one week course so much.’

Yearly Review

At the end of each academic year we write to parents to gather their view about our pupil premium provision.

Nearly 60% of parents attended the additional parental meeting offered in 2016/17

100% of parents that responded said they found the additional meeting extremely useful.

100% of parents that responded rated our Pupil Premium provision as Excellent.

 

Comments included:
‘I found out about this at a very stressful time when funds were very limited in our household. The provision has taken a huge financial burden away by the uniforms and I am incredibly grateful not only for this but by how confidentially it was given.’

‘I am very impressed with this. The staff are always very friendly and helpful and the very generous allowances given. I have spoken to them several times for advice and they have always pointed me in the right direction.’

 

Academic Progress

Students’ progress is regularly reviewed and intervention strategies put in place where appropriate. The purpose of the Pupil Premium funding is to close the gap between the performance of Pupil Premium students and the performance of all other students.

We have analysed our GCSE results for the past three years and a post examination report can be found here.

 

Destinations

We work closely with the Careers Service to ensure that all of our students progress on to post-16 courses or apprenticeships.

In 2017 the destinations of our 33 disadvantaged students were:

Branston Sixth Form
Other approved post-16 destination eg further education, apprenticeship etc.
Not in education, employment or training (NEET)
Number
9
24
0
%
28%
72%
0%

 

Who should I contact if I have any queries?

Claiming Free School Meals

Or

Pupil Premium Queries

Tel: 01522 880400 Email: enquiries@branstonca.lincs.sch.uk

  • Lead Pupil Premium Student Support Officer – Mrs J Rylatt
  • Pupil Premium Student Support Officers – Mrs T Wadsley and Miss S Emmerson
  • Vice Principal Pupil Premium – Mrs J Turner

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