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 DfE 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 2015/16 to help to reduce the differences in outcomes which currently exist between disadvantaged students and their peers nationally.

In 2015/16, 14.7 % of students were eligible for the pupil premium.

 

 

Number of Students

Pupil Premium Award per pupil Total Funding
Deprivation Pupil Premium 109 £935 £101,915
Service Child Premium 48 £300 £14,400
Total      £116,315

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 support in English, Mathematics, small group withdrawals/additional staffing in other subjects and 1:1 mentoring to support study skills, revision and organisation. 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 often negatively influence their attendance at school and their academic progress. 

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 may 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

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 terms of the progress students make. At The Folkestone School for Girls;

- In Mathematics 96% of ‘disadvantaged’ students made at least expected progress 

(compared to 49% nationally)

- In English 100% of ‘disadvantaged’ students made at least expected progress. 

(compared to 57% nationally)

Our unvalidated ‘Progress 8’ score for Disadvantaged students is 0.35 (which we are confident will be significantly above the national average). The figure for Progress 8 for disadvantaged students nationally in 2015 is -0.32. So at the Folkestone School for Girls disadvantaged students exceed reasonable expectations, whereas nationally these students fail to achieve this.

For 2016/17 we envisage continuing to invest the vast majority of pupil premium funding in our staffing and systems which, so effectively, ensure 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.

Please see the sheet overleaf which details how pupil premium funding was spent last academic year

How the pupil premium grant was spent in 2015 - 2016

 

 Curriculum Support 

 Item
 Cost
Maths Interventions £2742.90
English Interventions £9108
Other subject specific interventions (Surplus staffing used to support targeted students and groups) £34,012.91
Provision of Revision Guides £426
Subject specific software packages to support OOSH (Learning Gateway) (MyMaths, VocabExpress, Stuckforschools, Kerboodle) £6025
Provision of 2 x laptops £896
 Total
£53,182.49

 

 Hardship 

 Item
 Cost
 Support with uniform costs  £163
 Total
£163

 

Enrichment 

 Item
 Cost
 Contribution to extra curriculum trips/visits £1188
 Enrichment Week & Focus Days (14.7% of costs) £669.27
 Total
£4590.70

 

 Advice & Guidance 

 Item
 Cost
 School Counsellor (14.7% of costs)  £5147.02
 Mentors (14.7% of costs) £5866.48
 Senior Leadership Pastoral/Achievement £17,934
 Student Development Leaders (14.7% of costs) £21,752.18
 Assertive Mentoring Programme £7500
Careers IAG £599
External Assessments £2100
 Total
£60,898.68

 

Total Expenditure

 Total
£116,315

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The Folkestone School for Girls

Coolinge Lane

Folkestone, Kent

CT20 3RB United Kingdom

 

Tel: +44 (0) 1303 251125