The Pupil Premium and Service Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools which is additional to main school funding allocation. Schools use it to:
• raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
• support children and young people with parents in the armed forces
How we use Pupil Premium funding at George Abbot:
Children from all types of families come to George Abbot School. Some come from very wealthy homes, a great many come from households which are “just-about-managing” and some live below the poverty line, which in Guildford is about 14% of children.
We often cannot see any difference between students from the wealthiest homes compared to the homes where money is most tight. The students all work really hard, behave brilliantly and take part in as much as they can.
We use some of the Pupil Premium grant to help families pay for some of the ordinary additional costs of school so their children can do well and enjoy what the school has to offer, just like their friends.
Some of our students have more difficult lives than others– for example they are Young Carers, or have mental health challenges. Others have particular learning needs, like dyslexia, which they also have to deal with. Living with extra challenges can sometimes also lead students to feel different or alone among their classmates, which can stop them from making the most of their time at school. Our school wants to do all we can to help these students. We are alongside them to help them get the best qualifications they can and make the most of opportunities, so they enjoy their time at school and go on to successful futures.
We use some of the Pupil Premium grant to provide extra support to these students, for example, through additional academic help, youth workers and counsellors.
About the Pupil Premium grant
Pupil Premium funding is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who are eligible for free school meals (FSM). A smaller amount is allocated according to the number of children in service families, and an allocation is made for each student who has been ‘Looked After’ (in care) for one day or more, is adopted, or has left care under a special guardianship order or a residence order.
For the financial year 2019-20, the Pupil Premium funding that schools receive is:
- Standard Pupil Premium for students in Y7-11: £935 per student
- Looked after children or children who been in care: £2,300 per student
- Service family children: £300 per student
If you want to discuss any aspect of Pupil Premium funding and how we support your child, please contact the relevant Pupil Advocate:
Year 7 Mrs A Tarry email@example.com
Year 8 & Year 9 Mr J Hennessey firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 10 & Year 11 Mrs C Burford email@example.com
We continue to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the Sixth Form. More information is under the Sixth Form tab and the key contact is Mr C Brinsden: firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more please see the summary below of how the Pupil Premium funding was used at George Abbot School for 2018-19 and how we plan to use it in 2019-20.
The Catch-Up Premium was introduced in January 2013 and has since provided our school with additional funding for each Year 7 student who did not achieve the ‘expected standard’ in grammar, spelling, reading and/or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2). This funding has always been used to provide Literacy and Numeracy catch-up support for underachieving students in Year 7, so they are given the opportunity to “catch-up” as quickly as possible.