Principles

At The Folkestone School for Girls all members of staff and all governors have responsibility for all students regardless of background. They are committed to meeting student’s pastoral, social and academic needs and to ensuring that all students reach their potential.

Pupil Premium Grant

The government allocates specific additional funding via the Pupil Premium Grant to support and improve the achievement of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and to address the current underlying inequalities which exist, nationally, between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers. 

Pupil Premium Definition

Pupil Premium pupils are Y7 - Y11 pupils who are either SCPP (Service Child Pupil Premium) pupils, DPP (Deprivation Pupil Premium) pupils or AFCPP (Adopted From Care Pupil Premium). Pupil Premium does not apply to Sixth Form pupils.

SCPP pupils have been identified by the Department for Education as being Service Children sometime in the past 4 years (Service ever 4).

DPP pupils have been eligible to FSMs (Free School Meals) sometime in the past 6 years (FSM ever 6). 

AFCPP pupils are identified by the school having been informed by parents.

All applications for FSM Pupil Premium need to be conducted via the allocated online procedure via the link below

http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals

This document outlines how The Folkestone School for Girls allocated the Pupil Premium Grant monies awarded in 2016/17 to help to reduce the differences in outcomes which currently exist between disadvantaged students and their peers nationally.

As the academic year 2016/17 began, 17 % of students were eligible for the pupil premium.

Total Expenditure
Number of Students
Pupil Premium Award per pupil
Total Funding
Deprivation Pupil Premium
106
£935
£99,910
Service Child Premium
44
£300
£13,200
Total
    £113,110

Total monies recieved for academic year 2016/17 was £109,857.50

Rationale - how the money was spent

Expenditure focused largely on provision of additional staffing and resources to support learning. Individually these were in the form of 1:1 subject specific tutorials in English, Mathematics and Science and small group withdrawals/additional staffing in other subjects. 1:1 mentoring to support study skills, revision and organisation was also provided to specific identified students . More generally pupil premium funding affords us the opportunity to expand the capacity amongst our pastoral care and wellbeing teams to support students with some of the external factors which can so often negatively influence their attendance to school and the academic progress they make. Whilst some of these external factors are difficult to negate, actions and support put in place aim to diminish these. 

Textbook resources, revision guides and software packages were also provided. Some students were also provided with laptops to allow them to access these resources whilst at home. Expenditure was also allocated to enrich the curriculum, supporting students with the costs of extra-curricular trips or peripatetic music lessons or to help with transport/uniform costs.

Students eligible for the pupil premium do not, of course, all share the same needs. So whilst for some students targeted and personalised support or intervention may be necessary, this is not always the case. Pupil premium funding therefore need not always be spent on direct interventions for named students. Instead it may be spent on staffing and/or systems which improve outcomes for all students, including those eligible for the pupil premium.

As a school then we continue to invest in staffing and systems which;

- secure a whole school ethos of attainment for all

- address incidences of poorer behaviour and attendance

- deliver high quality teaching for all

- meet individual learning needs

Our actions as a school, and as individual staff, are information driven and respond to evidence. We deploy staff and resources to deliver the best possible outcomes for all students. Our leadership team, and indeed all staff, share the highest aspirations and expectations for all students in our care and year on year deliver demonstrably outstanding academic results for all students including those eligible for the pupil premium.

Evaluation of Impact Statement

In Summer 2016, 100% of students eligible for the pupil premium achieved the Level 2 threshold of 5A* - C incl English and Mathematics -  compared to a figure of around 36% nationally.  It is rare for a school to be able to report such outstanding outcomes in any year. However, The Folkestone School for Girls has achieved this, year on year, since 2011.

In Summer 2017, with the introduction of the new 9-1 GCSE Grades in Mathematics, English Language and English Literature all key performance thresholds changed. At The Folkestone School for Girls the Progress 8 score for disadvantaged students for Summer 2017 was 0.24 (compared to a national figure of -0.32 for disadvantaged students nationally in 2016 - latest national data available)

For 2016/17 we envisage continuing to invest the vast majority of pupil premium funding in our staffing and systems which have, so effectively, ensured the achievement of all students. We will continue to work with all students collectively but also to look to address individual barriers to learning for individual students – be this in the provision of subject specific interventions in school, provision of private tuition out of school or the provision of pastoral support for individual students.

We also have isolated, for this coming year, some specific areas for improving outcomes for disadvantaged students. In particular this year we will be looking to improve problem solving skills within Mathematics which is so prominent in the new specification Mathematics GCSE

 

How the pupil premium grant was spent in 2016 - 2017

 

 Curriculum Support 

 Item
 Cost
Subject Specific 1:1 Tutorials £5721
Other subject specific interventions (Surplus staffing used to support targeted students and groups)  
Provision of Revision Guides £1203.86
Provision of Educational Materials £343.37

Subject specific software packages to support OOSH (Learning Gateway)

(MyMaths, ActiveLearn, Stuck for schools, Kerboodle)

 
Addn lessons (Easter Revision) and Study Skills Support £2650
 Total
£49,787.41

 

 Hardship 

 Item
 Cost

Support with uniform costs

 £45.83
 Total
£45.83

 

Enrichment 

 Item
 Cost

Contribution to extra curriculum trips/visits

£3767

Music tuition and examinations

£2370

Enrichment Week & Focus Days (17% of costs)

£1365.16
 Total
£7502.16

 

 Advice & Guidance 

 Item
 Cost
 School Counsellor (17% of costs)  £7576.67
 Addn Counselling £1215
 Senior Leadership Pastoral/Achievement £17,934
 Student Development Leaders (17% of costs) £25,796.43
 Total
£52,522.10

 

Total Expenditure

 Total
£109,857.50

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The Folkestone School for Girls

Coolinge Lane

Folkestone, Kent

CT20 3RB United Kingdom

 

Tel: +44 (0) 1303 251125