St Thomas More High School

Pupil Premium 2015/16

The Pupil Premium is additional money that is allocated to schools. All schools have the freedom to spend the pupil premium, which is additional to the underlying schools’ budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of achievement for their most vulnerable students.

The aim of the Pupil Premium is to support students who are statistically most likely to underachieve, the focus is particularly on students who:

  • are known to have been eligible for free school meals at any time in the previous six years (FSM and ever 6)
  • have been looked after by the Local Authority continuously for at least six months (CLA)
  • have parents in the armed services (SFC)

From April 2014, schools in England can receive the pupil premium for children adopted from care or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) on or after 30 December 2005. Schools can also claim the pupil premium for children who left care under a Residence Order (RO) on or after 14 October 1991. To claim the pupil premium for those adopted children, and those who are subject to a SGO and RO, parents will need to inform the school.

At St Thomas More High School, we encourage all parents and carers to ensure that our school knows whether their child is entitled to Free School Meals or has a parent who is a member of the armed services. We take very seriously the need to support all students to achieve well and have developed a range of strategies to ensure our students succeed. The table shows the amount of Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) received by St Thomas More High School over the last three years.

Year PPG Received
2013 - 2014 £103,900
2014 - 2015 £117,576
2015 - 2016 £116,000
Estimated 2016 - 2017 £116,000


In April 2016 we received £116,000 Pupil Premium Funding.

Our Pupil Premium Expenditure and the impact of that spending are shown below.

Area of Expenditure

Amount Allocated

Explanation of Role/
Rationale for the spend

Impact of the spend

1 x senior LSA’s Intervention

Literacy Co-Ordinator whole school




To provide:

  • Specific in class support for PPG students to access literacy and numeracy interventions using computer programmes based on personalised learning for KS3 within English and Maths lessons.
  • LSA is allocated to classes by English/Maths departments on the basis of identified need and tracking data.

Tracking data shows that targeted students for support are now making expected levels of progress in most cases.

Case study evidence in English supports the view that the impact has been significant.

The Literacy Co-Ordinator has trained sixth form volunteers to lead reading groups which has improved average levels of literacy in KS3.


Through these functions to support:

  • Improved attainment and progress

  • Improve attitudes to learning

  • Greater flexibility of deployment of LSA and to become an expert.

Progress Pathway


Teaching Assistant




To provide:

  • Support in the progress pathway given the new options process and that year 9 are now starting GCSE options early

Through this function to support:

  • Students through the process, the additional support needed through the addition of options subjects in year 9 and to allow greater impact on skills at an early age
Better support through the options process and students choosing better options.
Extra staffing in English, Maths and Science   Years 7 – 11 £5,000

To provide:

  • Additional support for all students in receipt of PPG, including those children looked after by a Local Authority in core curriculum areas

Through this function to support:

  • Improved access to other curriculum areas

  • Improved attainment and progress

Tracking data shows that students targeted for support in Science and Maths are now making expected levels of progress in most cases.

Focus on all PPG students in English has improved the number of students making expected levels of progress and better than expected levels of progress.

Administrative support to the Pupil Hubs (PSMs and PPMs) £12,500

To provide:

  • Continued re-modelling of the Pupil Support Centre with full time staff

Through this function to support: 

  • Students across year groups in accessing school and the curriculum

  • Improve attendance to school

Over the year 2015-2016 the number of detentions issued for academic reasons decreased for PPG students. The number of exclusions decreased across the school with the most rapid decrease seen for those in receipt of PPG.

Persistent absence remains low as a school and not unusually high for this group of students.

There are now weekly meetings for all Hubs and a meetings contributing to ‘team around the child’ inclusion planning meetings on a weekly basis.

Parent workshops £1,500

To provide:

  • Support for parents to help them support their children in their revision and organisational skills

Through this function to support:

  • Parental involvement and reducing the barriers to learning that may be in existence and to gain trust and support

To engage parents, get them on board and improve GCSE progress and exam preparation.

Revision sessions



To provide:

  • Revision sessions run for core subjects during holidays and weekends in the run up to KS4 examination period

Through this function to support:

  • Students confidence and improve their attainment and progress at KS4 with a particular emphasis in English and Maths
 Focus on all PPG students in English has improved the number of students making expected levels of progress and better than expected levels of progress.

Student Learning Resources


To provide:

  • Access to the Children’s University for ‘more able’ students

  • Continued financial support for curriculum linked educational visits and uniform

  • Provision of equipment and resources to support Accelerated Reading Programme in Year 7 and 8

  • Aspirational projects – links with the RSC, Ready UK, JADA School of Dance & Drama, and employers to encourage STEM subjects

  • Apprenticeship show

  • Higher Education Fair
 All Year 7 and 8 students have a Children’s University Passport to log involvement in extracurricular clubs and activities

Year 11, 12 and 13 have access to Unifrog’ ,‘Fast Tomato’ and Plotr careers programmes and an independent Careers Advisor through Connexions with the gold service package

Year 9 have access to an organised careers fair, which was also more widely available to other year groups and parents/carers after school.


Through these functions to support:

  • Improvements in attainment, progress and attendance

  • Reduce those NEET post 16 and 18

  • Raising the aspirations and achievements of students
 PPG students have been targeted to participate in all aspirational activities including the Apprenticeship Show and Higher Education Fair at post 16 to give aspirational goals, and to raise achievements.

Contribution to Pupil Mentor posts and LSA posts



To provide:

  • Extended day Study Club run by Mentors and LSA’s - open every day

  • Liaison with SENCO, PSM and PPM where there is a crossover with SEN/behaviour needs

  • Liaison with staff and parents about potential barriers to learning and progress and the strategies required to overcome these

  • Improved use of Parents Evenings to engage parents of PPG students
LSAs are timetabled to support students in lessons and data tracking sheets and after school briefings identify students who are responding positively to the additional support and show improvements in attitudes to learning and make progress. Case studies are available to show impact at KS3 and KS4. 

Through this function to support:

  • Improved attainment, progress and achievement

  • Reduced behavioural incidents/improved attitudes to learning

  • Students in completing their work in order to improve achievement and self esteem

  • Improved social networks for parents to help raise their awareness and aspirations

School Counsellors network and base




To provide:

  • A key contact point for parents and carers

  • Improved access for students to external counselling services for acute support

 Through this function to support:

  • Students accessing school and the curriculum in times of acute stress, enabling them to receive help and support to overcome difficulties


Supervision of external counselling services informs the work of the Pupil Mentors and Hubs in school. Reducing the number of persistent absences and ensuring access to a reduced curriculum with pathways through to post 16. Case studies are available to demonstrate the success here.


Maintenance of Numeracy and Literacy Bases





To provide:

  • Individual and small group teaching for students who join us with lower than expected levels of literacy and numeracy as indicated via KS2 scores, reading and spelling ages, this includes the reading lab licences



Data tracking for Year 7 and 8 shows the individual improvement in reading and spelling scores over the year.

Student responses in the pupil survey reflect that they feel happy about coming to school and making good progress.

Case study evidence supports the view that there has been significant impact.


Through this function to support:

  • Improved literacy and numeracy of students

  • Improved access to other curriculum areas

  • Improved self-confidence and self esteem

  • Improved attitude to learning and reduced number of behavioural incidents

  • Improved attainment and progress


Student Transport




To provide:

  • Improved transport support for students in Year 7 and 8 travelling by train.

Through this function to support:

  • Attendance to school and participation in extracurricular activities
 Attendance and participation in extracurricular activities is not restricted to those who can make it in early or home late. The difference in participation between students is not based on disadvantage as seen in extra curricular registers.

Presentations assemblies and twilight




Gold achievers lunch (merit badges, celebration assembly awards)

To provide:

  • Aspirational goals for all PPG students

Through this function to support:

  • Attainment in school and improved attitude to learning as well as building self-esteem and self-confidence.


Cashless Catering




To provide:

  • One of the main reasons behind the failed take-up of a FSM is the fear of being stigmatised by peers.  

Through this function to support:

  • Building self-esteem and self-confidence.

  • Improving attendance and uptake of FSM
Cashless can increase the number of free school meals being taken-up by children in school, ensuring they receive their entitlement and costs are not wasted.

Total PPG expenditure





Pupil Premium Progress in English and Maths – 2016 KS4 Results

Pupil Premium result trend and gap between non Pupil Premium Results


2013 - 2014

2014 - 2015

2015 - 2016


PPG result


PPG result


PPG result


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% A* - C in Eng & Ma







% 5A* - C incl Eng & Ma





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% pupils making expected progress in English







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