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 – 2017/18

In 2016/17, The Ridgeway School received £190,000 Pupil Premium funding (please see documents below)

Pupil Premium Overview Document 2016-17

Ridgeway School Pupil Premium Impact 2016-17

Pupil Premium Spend Evaluation 2016-17

Pupil Premium Self Evaluation Ridgeway School September 2017

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.

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 prior attaining pupils, it also includes AGAT (Able Gifted and Talented) pupils whom equally support with their learning.


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 recognise the importance of high expectations for all students and the need for high quality first teaching to develop knowledge and the skills through a mastery approach to learning.
  • 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.

The Pupil Premium funding is used to address the main barriers to learning, supporting a variety of strategies to promote social inclusion and accelerate progress for eligible pupils. Whilst the specific support provided to students is based on individual need there are Seven Non-Negotiables that underpin the aspiration for how the funding is allocated.



To ensure learners eligible for support through pupil premium funding:

  1. Student profiling to address any specific barriers to learning that inform classroom teaching, intervention and wider support
  2. Are given priority in the checking of learning, provision of feedback and planning of lessons.
  3. Improve their literacy and numeracy to enable access to the whole curriculum
  4. Are supported in having high aspirations for their future education and careers
  5. Remain in education or training post-16 and are able to access level 3 courses where appropriate
  6. Feel a sense of belonging to the school community and engage in the full range of opportunities available to them across the school
  7. Attain outcomes that enable them to pursue their chosen pathway


The Ridgeway School – 2017/18 Pupil Premium allocation £194 000 this is how we intend to spend this funding;

StrandDescription Budget
English InterventionSupport for English & wider literacy skills including 1-2-1 tuitionEvolving teaching strategies to develop questioning and literacy support as well as providing targeted tuition to address student need18,000
Maths InterventionSupport for Maths & wider numeracy skills including 1-2-1 tuitionEvolving teaching strategies to develop confidence, address misconceptions and core numeracy support as well as providing additional targeted tuition to address student need26,000
Careers and aspirations coaching Dedicated Careers support and mentoringDeveloping aspirations and supporting option choices as well as career counselling7,000
Mentor supportDeveloping self-esteem and confidenceBespoke programme supporting students with building resilience and confidence5,000
CounsellingSupport for most vulnerable studentsProviding student well-being and emotional support5,000
Virtual school supportDevelop a programme to support absent students ‘keep up’ with learningConnecting individual students with the curriculum to reduce the impact of absence. Coordinating work missed and sharing of feedback following completion8,000
Student Support WorkerProviding 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
UniformIncreased engagement in school and reduction in logged consequences
Reduction in missed time from school and additional capacity for learning focussed engagement with home
Supporting cost of equipment and uniform for all students (£40/pupil)9,000
School tripsProviding all eligible students with the opportunity to fully engage in wider curricular opportunitiesFinancial support to ensure all students can access opportunities including University and apprenticeship experiences10,000
Extended LearningAdditional opportunities for targeted students to access before/after school supportBreakfast & Homework Clubs available to all years 7-11 for access to resources and guidance from staff5,000
Learning resourcesAccess to required resources and equipment as well as specially developed materialsCosts to fund the development and provision of specific resources (including reading books, stationary)12,000
Parental EngagementConnecting the school with families and providing support with home learningHelping parents to access and engage in their child’s learning (including transport, workshops, activities and resources)10,000
Targeted Reading strategyAccelerated Reading Scheme, age appropriate books and reading inspiration supportImproving access to text through raising reading age for all students to within one year of chronological age5,000
EnrichmentProviding access to wider learningSubsidising peripatetic support (music lessons, coaching, transport etc)5,000
Strategic oversightSenior teacher responsibility for the Pupil Premium intervention and supportLead whole school
engagement and ownership of Pupil Premium outcomes
Training and developmentDeveloping teaching strategies and best practice in support of pupil outcomes for target cohortAccess to national training resources and supporting classroom based interventions through action research7,000


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 Manager, Sarah Hill, on hills@ridgewayschool.com or via phone on 01793 846100 (ext 202).



For further information please see links below:

pdf icon Pupil Premium Strategy

pdf icon Ridgeway School Pupil Premium Impact 2016-17

pdf icon Pupil Premium Spend Evaluation 2016-17

pdf icon Pupil Premium Self Evaluation Ridgeway School September 2017

pdf icon Parent Introduction Letter September 2017

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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