Pupil Premium​

Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils. To support schools to improve educational outcomes for these students the Government provides additional Pupil Premium funding. 

This funding is to support students who are looked after by the Local Authority, have been adopted from/left care, are 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 with a parent currently serving in HM armed forces or who has retired on a pension from the MOD.

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

Pupil Premium allocations Cash value As a % of our overall budget
2017 to 2018 £181,070 2.08%
2018 to 2019 £171,000 2.0%
2019 to 2020 £199,360 2.3%
2020 to 2021 £253,800  2.8%
2021 to 2022 £217,736 2.24%

Pupil Premium students form 14.9% of King James’s School population (235 students), compared with 27% in schools nationally.

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

Pupil Premium Strategy (pdf document).

The framework of support

At King James’s School we use the funding to support eligible students to fulfil their potential. The three year strategy is evidence based to ensure the funding has the greatest impact using the latest Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) research. This support prioritises high quality teaching, targeted academic support and wider approaches such as attendance intervention and social and emotional/ mental health support 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.  Where appropriate, 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 may have a range of barriers to their learning including poor attendance, engagement issues, social and emotional/mental health needs, lack of access to resources and support though family circumstances. The personalised approach we adopt with these students includes support that students may not otherwise be able to access.

Our Learning Managers, supported by Directors of Key Stage co-ordinate 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 area of expenditure is to ensure our wider pastoral team can provide targeted intervention to fully support our students and their families.

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

Students who qualify for the Pupil Premium are prioritised for this intervention, depending on their specific need.

Principal areas of expenditure Expenditure (£k)
Learning Manager Support 59.8
Small Group Tuition 39
Pastoral Officer Support 103
Hub and Staff Initiatives 24.6
Family Support 30.7
Careers Support 5.6
Additional Curriculum/Support Courses 30.1
Additional Curriculum Courses 11.8
Education Resources 13
Alternative Provision 24
SEMH Support 8
Accelerated Reader 5.5
Counselling Support 3
Food Ingredients 4
Targeted Support 7.8
Curriculum Related 8.2
TOTAL:                                    378.1

Review of our pupil premium strategy takes place twice per year as a result of monitoring data.  Interventions are changed and adapted according to the individual needs of the students.