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Pupil Premium  2015-2016


PUPIL PREMIUM GRANT provides additional funding for raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and closing the gap with their peers.

School Context

294 students in St Thomas More School were eligible for the pupil premium. The school received £294,058 in total pupil premium funding for the academic year 2015/2016. In addition to the ongoing policy of maintaining small class sizes, the funding has been deployed in a number of ways to target disadvantaged students in order to narrow the gap between them and their peers.

The school is using this funding in the following ways:

  • PREP Club is now running 4 evening’s a week until 7pm (Mon-Thurs) and for 1 hour on Fridays, providing an opportunity to students to complete their homework in a quiet atmosphere with staff supporting and including access to ICT facilities. A light supper is also provided at no extra cost. There are separate KS3, KS4 and KS5 rooms.
  • The range of after school and lunchtime clubs which students can attend at no cost has been extended.
  •  Pupils are being offered more opportunities to participate in offsite educational visits.
  • Using robust reporting and monitoring systems such as GO4Schools,Testing4Schools etc. to identify need and determine the necessary interventions.
  • Extra tuition after school, lunchtimes and on Saturdays as well as during School Holidays – subject specific and exam syllabus – including small groups and 1-1 sessions.
  • English Classes after school, on Saturdays and during school Holidays for those identified with little or no English
  • Cross curricular Literacy and Numeracy Programmes.
  • Weekly after school Youth Club with various sporting and other activities.
  • Daily Homework Club to allow students to complete their homework in an quiet environment with staff on hand to support.
  • Mentoring and counselling.
  • Dedicated Learning support staff to allow disruptive pupils to learn in a supported environment until they are ready to reintegrate.
  • E-Praise reward system to encourage effort and attainment.
  • Gifted and Talented workshops.
  • University visits (including English booster sessions during Easter Holidays) and taster days including Oxford and Cambridge.
  • Free breakfast for students arriving early to ensure that they are sufficiently nourished to aid concentration during lessons.
  • Working with Universities to provide the school with students to work in class with the pupils to mentor, support and inspire them.
  • To expand the range of Higher Education visits targeted at those eligible for Pupil Premium funding.
  • To give more reading intervention support and English writing to those eligible for Pupil Premium funding. 


Impact of Funding

  • The achievement of FSM pupils is significant in 2016 compared with other groups nationally and in the school.
  • Key Stage 4 Progress 8 by pupil characteristics for 2016 show a significant + of 1.03 (National unknown). These pupils have achieved higher than the non FSM 0.76.
  • Also in the English element of progress 8 FSM shows a significant + of 1.08 compared to non FSM 0.70 and in the maths element FSM shows 1.59 compared to non FSM 1.08.
  • Attainment 8 for FSM in English is in line with the national at 10.36 however Mathematics at 10.67 is better than the national 9.67.



Spending Plans for Pupil Premium Allocation 2016-2017 Academic Year

All current initiatives will continue.

Extending the range of after school and lunchtime clubs which students can attend at no cost with an emphasis on supporting and enhancing subject areas across the key stages.