Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium students are identified by the government as belonging to one of the following categories; those in receipt of free school meals, those who have been at some point in the last six years, looked after children, adopted children and children with at least one parent in the armed forces.

How Ridgeway School is spending the funding successfully to maximise achievement – 2016/17

In 2015/16, The Ridgeway School received £179,000 Pupil Premium funding (Click here to see how this was spent).

Background: All schools are allocated a proportion of their funding from central government which is called the “pupil premium”. The main pupil premium funding allocated to the school is based on the number of pupils who currently qualify for Free School Meals (FSM), or have qualified for FSM at any point in the last 6 years. This is called FSM Ever 6. The School also receives a smaller amount of pupil premium funding for eligible pupils who are looked after children, children of services families and children adopted from care after 2005.

The provision for Year 7 pupils who did not achieve Level 4 in their Key Stage 2 SATs who are in receipt of catch up support is planned for strategically through the English and Maths Learning Teams with many of the interventions also being accessed by pupils eligible for pupil premium. Year 7 catch up funding is used to pay for much of this and is supplemented by pupil premium funding for those children on the pupil premium register. As a school we have allocated the pupil premium to support a variety of strategies to promote social inclusion and accelerate learning and progress for eligible pupils.

Pupil premium funding, and those pupils who are eligible for it, remain under constant review to ensure the school combines high impact support and intervention with value for money. Pupil Premium funding at The Ridgeway School is carefully ring-fenced and always spent on the targeted group of children, although others may benefit from this intervention. It is applied to all pupils across the ability range. Although the cohort includes a significant number of lower ability pupils, it also includes AGAT (Able Gifted and Talented) pupils and we try to ensure that their learning is equally supported.

Core Principles:

The Principal, staff and governors accept their responsibility for pupils eligible for the pupil premium.
All staff are dedicated to ensuring the gap in attainment and achievement closes between those pupils eligible for the pupil premium and all other pupils, and that the school continues to promote a fully inclusive comprehensive ethos.
All staff understand that the pupil premium funding is best utilised when directed at personalising learning for all eligible pupils so that they may achieve more than they first thought possible.

To ensure learners eligible for support through pupil premium funding:

  • make at least three levels of progress
  • make accelerated progress so that the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students is narrowed
  • improve their literacy and numeracy to enable access to the whole curriculum
  • are supported in high aspirations
  • remain in education or training post-16 and are able to access level 3 courses where appropriate
  • take full advantage of the full range of opportunities available to them across the school
  • attain 5A*-C GCSE grades including English and Maths (Grade 4+)


The Ridgeway School – predicted spend overview 2016/17

Strand Description Budget
English Intervention Support for English & wider literacy skills including 1-2-1 tuition Evolving teaching strategies to develop questioning and literacy support as well as providing targeted tuition to address student need 18000
Maths intervention Support for Maths & wider numeracy skills including 1-2-1 tuition Evolving teaching strategies to develop confidence, address misconceptions and core numeracy support as well as providing targeted tuition to address student need 25000
Careers coaching Dedicated Careers support and mentoring Developing aspirations and supporting option choices as well as career counselling 5000
Education Welfare Officer Support for reducing persistent absence Linking with other support agencies and family services to reduce time off school 10000
Counselling Support for most vulnerable students Providing student well-being and emotional support 5000
Virtual school support Develop a programme to support absent students ‘keep up’ with learning Connecting individual students with the curriculum to reduce the impact of absence. Coordinating work missed and sharing of feedback following completion 10000
Student Support Worker Providing additional capacity for direct support with student pastoral/behavioural concerns

Direct contact with home including visits for attendance, communications & learning

Increased engagement in school and reduction in logged consequences

Reduction in missed time from school and additional capacity for learning focussed engagement with home

Uniform Subsidised provision of all required uniform Supporting cost of equipment and uniform for all students 8000
School trips Providing all eligible students with the opportunity to fully engage in wider curricular opportunities Financial support to ensure all students can access opportunities 10000
Extended Learning Additional opportunities for targeted students to access before/after school support Breakfast & Homework Clubs available to all years 7-11 for access to resources and guidance from staff 3500
Learning resources Access to required resources and equipment as well as specially developed materials Costs to fund the development and provision of specific resources (including reading books, stationary) 10000
Parental Engagement Connecting the school with families Helping parents to access and engage in their child’s learning (including transport, workshops, activities and resources) 10000
Targeted Reading strategy Accelerated Reading Scheme, age appropriate books and reading inspiration support Improving access to text through raising reading age for all students to within one year of chronological age 7500
 Enrichment  Providing access to wider learning.  Subsidising peripatetic support (music lessons, coaching, transport etc)  5000
Strategic oversight Senior teacher responsibility for the Pupil Premium intervention and support Lead whole school engagement and ownership of Pupil Premium outcomes 8000
Training and development Developing teaching strategies and best practice in support of pupil outcomes for target cohort Access to national training resources and supporting classroom based interventions through action research 7000
Total 194000


Please take a moment to review some of the ideas and documents on this website relating to our support for Pupil Premium students.

If you think you are eligible for Free School Meals, please click the link below and find out how to apply.

check eligibility for free school meals

If you have any questions or ideas about how the school can further support your child, please contact the Pupil Premium Coordinator, Helen Buttery, on hills@ridgewayschool.com or via phone on 01793 846125.



For further information please see links below:

pdf icon Pupil Premium Strategy

pdf icon Parent Introduction Letter September 2015

pdf icon Pupil Premium Spend Statement 2015-16

pdf icon Pupil Premium Spend Statement 2014-15

pdf icon Pupil Premium Spend Statement 2013-14

pdf icon Pupil Premium 2012-13

pdf icon Pupil Premium 2011-12

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