King James' School

Pupil Premium

Since 2011 the Government has provided additional funding to schools called the Pupil Premium. This extra money is given for looked after children, students who are currently in receipt of free school meals and those who have received free school meals during the last 6 years. There is also additional money for children of families who are currently serving in the forces or have done so during the last 5 years.

King James´s School has received Pupil Premium funding as follows:

Pupil Premium allocations Cash value As a % of our overall budget
2013 to 2014 £156,000 1.7%
2014 to 2015 £170,000 2.1%
2015 to 2016 £182,000 2.0%
2016 to 2017 £183,000 2.1%


Pupil Premium students form 15% of King James’s School population (235 students), compared with 25% in schools nationally.

It is a statutory requirement that the school publicly reports on the use and impact of this money.

Performance information and principal areas of expenditure in 2016

Our stated aspiration is to bring the performance of our pupil premium students up to the level of non-pupil premium students. In 2015 the impact of the support for these students closed that gap significantly from a weak position in 2014, as can be seen in the table below:

  2013 difference 2014 difference 2015 difference 2016 difference
Basics 48% 44% 24% 31%
Maths A* to C 39% 46% 27% 27%
English A* to C 30% 42% 18% 25%


In 2016 there were both improvements and some areas where the gap has remained.  English expected progress for PP students is now very positive at 71%, compared to all students at 84%.  In maths the expected progress of PP students remains too low at 44%.  Most measures for PP students are improving over a three year trend but challenges in raising attainment and progress for this group still remain.

  13/14 14/15 15/16
Cohort 22 25 37
Average Total Points 147.73 275.32 301.89
Average Total Capped8 117.73 249.92 269.68
Average Total Capped8 inc EM 105.18 249.68 269.68
Students with at least 1 qualification 17 25 37
Average Total Attainment 8 10.05 39.56 40.62
Average Total Progress 8 - -0.89 -0.66
Students with 5 x A*-C 4 9 15
Students with 5 x A*-C inc En & Maths 0 9 13
Students with 5 x A*-C inc Science 0 8 15
Students making 3+ LOP in English 0 15 26
Students making 3+ LOP in Maths 0 9 16
Capped8 +EM VA Score 0 928.3 965.9


There is evidence that our current strategies are working and pupil premium students currently in school (especially in years 7 to 9) are performing much more in line with their peers.  We have looked at the work of the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation to find and employ the best practice nationally and locally.  We have confidence that we will continue to increase the outcomes for our disadvantaged students and bring them close to those for other students.

The framework of support

At King James’s School we use the funding to support eligible students to fulfil their potential. This support prioritises their pastoral, social and academic needs and is designed to meet the needs of individual students.

We do not target the additional funding purely at examination performance.  A strong focus is put upon building self-esteem, confidence and resilience amongst these students. We believe that focussing on personal development skills is likely to impact upon academic performance as they develop through Key Stage 3 & 4.

Teachers are aware of the pupil premium students in their class and are expected, through high quality teaching and learning, to design work to support them.  All pupil premium students have an individual support plan which explains to their teachers what their barriers to learning are and how they can be best supported. 

Pupil premium students at King James’s School have a range of barriers to their learning including attendance, behaviour, engagement, resources and family circumstances. The personalised approach we adopt with these students includes support that students may not otherwise receive at home.

Our designated Pupil Premium Learning Manager co-ordinates support and make links with the families.  Some support may be temporary; some will stay in place for longer. All interventions are reviewed regularly to assess impact and are modified or changed as necessary. The largest areas of expenditure are our small group tuition programme and pastoral officer support. The tuition programme typically reaches over 100 students in English and Maths; some students access both. Approximately 80% of the Pupil Premium students access small group tuition.

The full range of strategies can be seen in the expenditure chart below.

For details of the support available for students, please see the King James´s Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2016-17 (pdf document).  Students who qualify for the Pupil Premium are prioritised for this intervention, depending on their specific need.

Principal areas of expenditure Expenditure
Pastoral Officer support £62,985
Small group tuition £28,478
Homework club £472
Behaviour support £5,378
Effective Study lessons £12,677
Pupil Premium Learning Manager £13,586
Capitation budgets £6,000
Accelerated Reader


Vocational pathways £2,968
Transition day £1,363
Uniform £500
Learning Managers £14,116
Attendance Officer £4,160
ICT & special equipment £500
Careers £12,298
Hub staff £21,360
Learning resources £800
TOTAL:                                    £210,637



An area for development remains the attendance of Pupil Premium students which is 5.59% behind other students at King James´s School.

2015/16 Pupil Premium attendance = 88.37%
2014/15 Non Pupil Premium attendance = 93.96%

2015/16 Pupil Premium Persistent Absentee rate at King James´s School = 16.1% which is 0.85% below the Local Authority average of 16.95%
2015/16 Non Pupil Premium Persistent Absentee rate at King James´s School = 11.86% which is in line with the Local Authority average.


Review of our pupil premium strategy takes place every learning cycle (four times per year) as a result of monitoring data.  Interventions are changed and adapted according to the individual needs of the students.

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