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Academy funding agreement

Academy Funding Agreement PDF

Catch Up Premium

Under the School Information Regulations effective from 1 September 2013 the school is required to publish information regarding the catch-up premium. The catch-up premium is paid for all students who did not achieve level 4 at the end of Key Stage 2 (on leaving Primary school) in reading and/or maths. The amount paid is £500 per student not achieving this level in either area, however if a student has not achieved level 4 in both areas that student attracts £500 in total.


2016-2017 2015-2016 2014-2015 2013-2014

Pupil premium

The allocation of the Pupil Premium in 2017/18 at Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre

The Pupil premium has been paid to the school since April 2011. It has been allocated by the Government to children from lower-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals or who have registered for Free School Meals at any stage in the past six years. It is also paid for children who have been looked after in care continuously for more than six months, for children of a parent serving in the Armed Forces and for adopted children.

Statement of Principles

  1. We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our pupils.
  2. All focused interventions are aimed at vulnerable pupils and those receiving the pupil premium are given priority. However, with limited resources available this does not mean that all free school meal or previous free school meal children will be in receipt of additional interventions at any one point in time.
  3. Pupil premium funding is allocated according to a needs analysis of the pupils to which the funding is attached.
  4. Some pupil premium funding will have a very positive impact on pupils to whom the funding is not attached and particularly where there are group interventions. This is important to assist other pupils than the PP group who may, or may not be socially disadvantaged.
  5. We aim to ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals are socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all pupils that are socially disadvantaged are registered, or have been registered, to qualify for free school meals.
  6. Our aim is to close the gaps between the whole school performance of pupils and that of the pupil premium pupils by tailoring interventions and thus applying funding where most needed.

Areas of expenditure in 2017/18 

In the last academic year the school received a total of £416,204 for the pupil premium.

This money has supported the education of students covered by the premium and has helped in the cost of educational provision as detailed below:

  • Pupil Support Fund – this is a school fund to assist parents with the costs of trips and visits, educational expenditure and also uniform. Total £24,556.
  • Learning support on a group or individual basis. This is using the Learning support assistants in and out of the classroom to support pupils with a range of additional learning and behavioural needs It is also to help with additional support for speech and learning needs. We have calculated this expenditure for pupil premium pupils at £178,588.
  • Attendance monitoring, bereavement counselling, anger management courses, CAF plans, community support, support for young carers and general counselling – total spend = £44,725.
  • Healthy relationships courses, mentoring of all pupils, college pastoral care and counselling shows an investment of £115,840.
  • Alternative Curriculum – the school has a specialist centre for dealing with short-term and medium student needs away from the classroom. Apportioned spend £43,525.
  • Provision of chrome books pads for years 7 and 8 from September 2017 – 45 pupils assisted at a cost of £11,250.
  • “Take up the challenge” courses for pupils lacking confidence and “My Zone” – safe lunch hour activities for vulnerable students = £14,900.
  • Attendance, organisation and subsidies for trips and visits, young farmers support and other school activities etc. totalled £25,870.
  • Out of hours revision courses for GCSE Maths and English and Science intervention costs = £17,100.  
  • The free school meal allowance from Government funding has a shortfall against the daily meal deal. Top–up to cover this and the provision of free meals across the year for other vulnerable children = £24,377.
  • Training sessions to staff on using the pupil premium and closing the gap plus administration of the pupil premium funding and the pupil support fund. Mint class and general PP classroom and teaching plans = £18,620.

Each of these areas have been fully calculated for costs involved and we have detailed database information underlying the summaries provided here.

There are many other areas which have not been included including support for learning packages and support services. Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre makes a significant contribution from the general grant provided by Government towards the education of those children for whom the pupil premium is provided. The interventions and support noted above total £519,351 but they are far from exclusive.

In 2018/19 the pupil premium will stay at about the same level (£415,000) and we will continue the above interventions plus provide additional support mechanisms where identified and needed.

The pupil premium for secondary pupils is paid at the rate of £935 per student and £1,900 per adopted student. The individual amounts are set by the Government each year and paid from April (next review due before April 2019).

Performance levels 2017/18

The tables below show the performance of pupil premium students compared with the whole cohort over the past three years.  Table 1 compares Progress 8 scores, Table 2 compares Attainment 8 scores and Table 3 compares attainment in Maths and English at Grade 4+.

Progress 8

 

Area

 

2015/16

 

2016/17

 

2017/18

Progress 8

ALL STUDENTS

 

 

-0.49

 

 

-0.49

 

 

-0.40

Progress 8

PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS

 

 

-0.72

 

 

-1.2

 

 

-0.46

Gap between PP and ALL

 

-0.23

 

-0.53

 

-0.06

Attainment 8

 

Area

 

2015/16

 

2016/17

 

2017/18

Attainment 8

ALL STUDENTS

 

42.1

 

37

 

36.9

Attainment 8

PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS

 

37.4

 

29

 

32.6

Gap between PP and ALL

 

-4.7

 

-8.0

 

-4.3

 Attainment in English and Maths

Area

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

Percentage achieving Grade 4 or above in English

ALL STUDENTS

 

64

 

73

 

67

Percentage achieving Grade 4 or above in English

PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS

 

63

 

53

 

67

Gap between PP and ALL

-1

-20

0

Percentage achieving Grade 4 or above in Maths

ALL STUDENTS

53

 

54

 

57

Percentage achieving Grade 4 or above in Maths

PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS

40

 

31

 

49

Gap between PP and ALL

-13

-23

-8

Summary

Overall, the school has maintained high levels of performance in English and steadily improving performance in Maths.  Progress 8 figures are still being impacted by DfE rules associated with early entry GCSEs – in 2018, for example, excellent results achieved in Art GCSEs at the end of Year 10 were not included in the Progress 8 measure and this significantly reduced the final figure.  There is no early entry for the current 2018-19 Year 11 cohort, so we should see a more representative Progress 8 figure in 2019.

The gaps in performance between PP students and the whole cohort, having widened in 2017, closed again in 2018 in terms of progress 8, attainment 8 and attainment in English and Maths.  The Progress 8 gap is very narrow at -0.06 and the gap in the percentage achieving Grade 4+ in English is zero.

During 2018/19 we will continue to focus on all Pupil Premium students as part of our Quality First Teaching approach.

The allocation of the Pupil Premium in 2016/17 at Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre

The Pupil Premium has been paid to the school since April 2011. It has been allocated by the Government to children from lower-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (and from April 2012 for those who have registered for Free School Meals at any stage in the past six years). It is also paid for children who have been looked after in care continuously for more than six months, for children of a parent serving in the Armed Forces and for adopted children.

Statement of Principles

  1. We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our pupils.

  2. All focused interventions are aimed at vulnerable pupils and those receiving the Pupil Premium are given priority. However, with limited resources available this does not mean that all free school meal or previous free school meal children will be in receipt of additional interventions at any one point in time.

  3. Pupil Premium funding is allocated according to a needs analysis of the pupils to which the funding is attached.

  4. Some Pupil Premium funding will have a very positive impact on pupils to whom the funding is not attached and particularly where there are group interventions. This is important to assist other pupils than the FSM group who may, or may not be socially disadvantaged.

  5. We aim to ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals are socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all pupils that are socially disadvantaged are registered, or have been registered, to qualify for free school meals.

  6. Our aim is to close the gaps between the whole school performance of pupils and that of the Pupil Premium pupils by tailoring interventions and thus applying funding where most needed.

Areas of expenditure in 2016/17

In the last academic year the school received a total of £414,992 for the pupil premium.

This money has supported the education of students covered by the premium and has helped in the cost of educational provision as detailed below:

  • Pupil Support Fund – this is a school fund to assist parents with the costs of trips and visits, educational expenditure and also uniform. Total £26,018.
  • Learning support on a group or individual basis. This is using the Learning support assistants in and out of the classroom to support pupils with a range of additional learning and behavioural needs It is also to help with additional support for speech and learning needs. We have calculated this expenditure for pupil premium pupils at £192,725.
  • Attendance monitoring, bereavement counselling, anger management courses, CAF plans, community support, support for young carers and general counselling – total spend = £38,275.
  • Healthy relationships courses, mentoring of all pupils, college pastoral care and counselling shows an investment of £88,480.
  • Alternative Curriculum – the school has a specialist centre for dealing with short-term and medium student needs away from the classroom. Apportioned spend £43,525.
  • Student Support Centre – for students to learn and be supported away from the main school after physical injury or stressful times. Apportioned spend = £550.

Provision of I pads for years 7 and 8 from September 2016 – 77 pupils assisted at a cost of £19,250.

  • “Take up the challenge” courses for pupils lacking confidence and “My Zone” – safe lunch hour activities for vulnerable students = £10,890.
  • Attendance, organisation and subsidies for trips and visits, young farmers support and other school activities etc. totalled £33,220.
  • Out of hours revision courses for GCSE Maths and English and Science intervention costs = £20,900.   
  • The free school meal allowance from Government funding has a shortfall against the daily meal deal. Top–up to cover this and the provision of free meals across the year for other vulnerable children = £24,377.
  • Training sessions to staff on using the pupil premium and closing the gap plus administration of the pupil premium funding and the pupil support fund = £13,750.

Each of these areas have been fully calculated for costs involved and we have detailed database information underlying the summaries provided here.

There are many other areas which have not been included including support for learning packages and support services. Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre makes a significant contribution from the general grant provided by Government towards the education of those children for whom the pupil premium is provided. The interventions and support noted above total £511,710 but they are far from exclusive.

In 2017/18 the pupil premium will stay at about the same level and we will continue the above interventions plus provide additional support mechanisms where identified and needed.

The pupil premium for secondary pupils is paid at the rate of £935 per student and £1,900 per adopted student. The individual amounts are set by the Government each year and paid from April (next review due before April 2018).

Performance levels 2016/17

The first table below shows the performance of Pupil Premium students over the past three years for levels of progress and then there is a further table showing the GCSE results for 2014/15 and comparing these with the previous year.

Levels of Progress

Area2013/142014/152015/16

Unvalidated Outcomes
2016/17

Maths – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
ALL STUDENTS
67665067
Maths – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS
53443970
Gap between PP and ALL1422113
Maths – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
CURRENT FSM STUDENTS
50503768
Gap between FSM and ALL1716131
English – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
ALL STUDENTS
68716770
English – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS
59546566
Gap between PP and ALL91724
English – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
CURRENT FSM STUDENTS
65636076
Gap between FSM and ALL3856

It can be seen from this table that the gaps fell for the number of students achieving 3 plus levels of progress in Maths and English both for current free school meal students and also the full pupil premium students. This is a very positive move in both areas again this year and the general KS3 performance was very strong especially in English.

GCSE RESULTS

 

2015

2016

2017

% Achieving A*- C in English and Maths – ALL STUDENTS

56

48

53

% Achieving A*- C in English and Maths – PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS

34

39

31

GAP BETWEEN PP AND ALL

22

9

22

% Achieving A*- C  in English

 ALL STUDENTS

71

64

74

% Achieving A*- C in English

PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS

60

63

53

GAP BETWEEN PP AND ALL

11

1

21

% Achieving A*- C in  Maths                    ALL STUDENTS

62

53

55

% Achieving A*- C in  Maths– PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS

40

40

32

GAP BETWEEN PP AND ALL

22

13

23

Summary

In 2016/17 although our overall performance as a school improved the gaps did widen considerably for our KS4 Pupil Premium students. This was due to a number of factors that this cohort faced in terms of wider issues including attendance.

During 2017/18 we will continue to focus on all Pupil Premium students and to build on past successes to give these students the strongest possible foundation for their future. The expected results at GCSE for 2017/18 are showing the gaps being reduced significantly.

The allocation of the Pupil Premium in 2015/16 at Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre

The Pupil Premium has been paid to the school since April 2011. It has been allocated by the Government to children from lower-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (and from April 2012 for those who have registered for Free School Meals at any stage in the past six years). It is also paid for children who have been looked after in care continuously for more than six months, for children of a parent serving in the Armed Forces and for adopted children.

Statement of Principles

  1. We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our pupils.
  2. All focused interventions are aimed at vulnerable pupils and those receiving the Pupil Premium are given priority. However, with limited resources available this does not mean that all free school meal or previous free school meal children will be in receipt of additional interventions at any one point in time.
  3. Pupil Premium funding is allocated according to a needs analysis of the pupils to which the funding is attached.
  4. Some Pupil Premium funding will have a very positive impact on pupils to whom the funding is not attached and particularly where there are group interventions. This is important to assist other pupils than the FSM group who may, or may not be socially disadvantaged.
  5. We aim to ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals are socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all pupils that are socially disadvantaged are registered, or have been registered, to qualify for free school meals.
  6. Our aim is to close the gaps between the whole school performance of pupils and that of the Pupil Premium pupils by tailoring interventions and thus applying funding where most needed.

Areas of expenditure in 2015/16

In the last academic year the school received a total of £405,413 for the pupil premium.

This money has supported the education of students covered by the premium and has helped in the cost of educational provision as detailed below:

  • Pupil Support Fund – this is a school fund to assist parents with the costs of trips and visits, educational expenditure and also uniform. Total £16,079.
  • Learning support on a group or individual basis. This is using the Learning support assistants in and out of the classroom to support pupils with a range of additional learning and behavioural needs It is also to help with additional support for speech and learning needs. We have calculated this expenditure for pupil premium pupils at £176,438.
  • Attendance monitoring, bereavement counselling, anger management courses, CAF plans, community support, support for young carers and general counselling – total spend = £49,125.
  • Healthy relationships courses, mentoring of all pupils, college pastoral care and counselling shows an investment of £73,600.
  • Alternative Curriculum – the school has a specialist centre for dealing with short-term and medium student needs away from the classroom. Apportioned spend £35,345.
  • Student Support Centre – for students to learn and be supported away from the main school after physical injury or stressful times. Apportioned spend = £1,100.

Provision of I pads for years 7 and 8 from September 2015 – 72 pupils assisted at a cost of £30,240.

  • “Take up the challenge” courses for pupils lacking confidence and “My Zone” – safe lunch hour activities for vulnerable students = £9,850.
  • Attendance, organisation and subsidies for trips and visits, young farmers support and other school activities etc. totalled £28,350.
  • Out of hours revision courses for GCSE Maths and English and Science intervention costs = £9,150.   
  • The free school meal allowance from Government funding has a shortfall against the daily meal deal. Top–up to cover this and the provision of free meals across the year for other vulnerable children = £23,030.
  • Training sessions to staff on using the pupil premium and closing the gap plus administration of the pupil premium funding and the pupil support fund = £12,750.

Each of these areas have been fully calculated for costs involved and we have detailed database information underlying the summaries provided here.

There are many other areas which have not been included including support for learning packages and support services. Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre makes a significant contribution from the general grant provided by Government towards the education of those children for whom the pupil premium is provided. The interventions and support noted above total £465,057 but they are far from exclusive.

In 2016/17 the pupil premium will increase to about £420k and we will continue the above interventions plus provide additional support mechanisms where identified and needed.

The pupil premium for secondary pupils is paid at the rate of £935 per student and £1,900 per adopted student. The individual amounts are set by the Government each year and paid from April (next review due before April 2017).

Performance levels 2015/16

The first table below shows the performance of Pupil Premium students over the past three years for levels of progress and then there is a further table showing the GCSE results for 2014/15 and comparing these with the previous year.

Levels of Progress

Area2012 /132013 /142014 /15Unvalidated Outcomes
2015/16
Maths – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
ALL STUDENTS
64676650
Maths – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS
42534439
Gap between PP and ALL22142211
Maths – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
CURRENT FSM STUDENTS
39505037
Gap between FSM and ALL25171613
English – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
ALL STUDENTS
62687167
English – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS
50595465
Gap between PP and ALL129172
English – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
CURRENT FSM STUDENTS
54656360
Gap between FSM and ALL8385

It can be seen from this table that the gaps fell for the number of students achieving 3 plus levels of progress in Maths and English both for current free school meal students and also the full pupil premium students. In English the gap closed by 13% to just 2% and in Maths the gap closed by 11% to 11%. This is a very positive move in both areas.

GCSE RESULTS

 201420152016
% Achieving A*- C in English and Maths – ALL STUDENTS525648
% Achieving A*- C in English and Maths – PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS303439
GAP BETWEEN PP AND ALL22229

% Achieving A*- C  in English

ALL STUDENTS

647164

% Achieving A*- C in English

PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS

416063
GAP BETWEEN PP AND ALL23111
% Achieving A*- C in  Maths ALL STUDENTS636253
% Achieving A*- C in  Maths– PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS444040
GAP BETWEEN PP AND ALL192213

The GAPS narrowed for both English and Maths. For English the position was almost the same as for the whole cohort. In Maths, the gap closed by 9% which was a strong performance.

Summary

In 2015/16 the school was successful in closing the gap for GCSE performance year on year and also in closing the gap for levels of progress for pupil premium students in all areas.

During 2016/17 we will continue to focus on all Pupil Premium students. We wish to build on the excellent progress made in 2015/16 and to give these students the strongest possible foundation for their future.

The allocation of the Pupil Premium in 2014/15 at Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre

The Pupil Premium has been paid to the school since April 2011. It has been allocated by the Government to children from lower-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (and from April 2012 for those who have registered for Free School Meals at any stage in the past six years). It is also paid for children who have been looked after in care continuously for more than six months, for children of a parent serving in the Armed Forces and for adopted children.

Statement of Principles

  1. We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our pupils.

  2. All focused interventions are aimed at vulnerable pupils and those receiving the Pupil Premium are given priority. However, with limited resources available this does not mean that all free school meal or previous free school meal children will be in receipt of additional interventions at any one point in time.

  3. Pupil Premium funding is allocated according to a needs analysis of the pupils to which the funding is attached.

  4. Some Pupil Premium funding will have a very positive impact on pupils to whom the funding is not attached and particularly where there are group interventions. This is important to assist other pupils than the FSM group who may, or may not be socially disadvantaged.

  5. We aim to ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals are socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all pupils that are socially disadvantaged are registered, or have been registered, to qualify for free school meals.

  6. Our aim is to close the gaps between the whole school performance of pupils and that of the Pupil Premium pupils by tailoring interventions and thus applying funding where most needed.

Areas of expenditure in 2014/15

In the last academic year the school received a total of £361,883 for the Pupil Premium. 

This money has supported the education of students covered by the premium and has helped in the cost of educational provision as detailed below:

  • Pupil Support Fund – this is a school fund to assist parents with the costs of trips and visits, educational expenditure and also uniform. Total £14,277.

  • Learning support on a group or individual basis. This is using the Learning support assistants in and out of the classroom to support pupils with a range of additional learning and behavioural needs. We have calculated this expenditure for Pupil Premium pupils at £214,929.

  • Attendance monitoring, bereavement counselling, CAF plans, community support and general counselling – total spend = £30,800.

  • Healthy relationships courses, mentoring of all pupils, college pastoral care and restorative justice intervention shows an investment of £57,880.

  • Alternative Curriculum – the school has a specialist centre for dealing with short-term and medium student needs away from the classroom. Apportioned spend £47,675.

  • Student Support Centre – for students to learn and be supported away from the main school after physical injury or stressful times. Apportioned spend = £7,700.

  • Provision of iPads for year 7 from September 2014 – 27 pupils assisted at a cost of £11,340.

  • “Take up the challenge” courses for pupils lacking confidence and “My Zone” – safe lunch hour activities for vulnerable students = £2,920.

  • “Take up the healthy challenge” – exercise and food programme, attendance and organisation of trips and visits, young farmers support etc. totalled £16,800.

  • Out of hours revision courses for GCSE Maths and English and Science intervention costs = £6,750.

  • The free school meal allowance from Government funding has a shortfall against the daily meal deal. Top-up to cover this and the provision of free meals across the year for other vulnerable children = £21,422.

  • Training sessions to staff on using the Pupil Premium and closing the gap plus administration of the Pupil Premium funding and the pupil support fund = £6,500.

Each of these areas have been fully calculated for costs involved and we have detailed database information underlying the summaries provided here. 

There are many other areas which have not been included including support for learning packages and support services. Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre makes a significant contribution from the general grant provided by Government towards the education of those children for whom the Pupil Premium is provided. The interventions and support noted above total £438,993 but they are not exclusive.

In 2015/16 the Pupil Premium will increase to about £400k and we will continue the above interventions plus provide additional support mechanisms where identified and needed. 

The Pupil Premium for secondary pupils is paid at the rate of £935 per student and £1,900 per adopted student. The individual amounts are set by the Government each year and paid from April (next review due before April 2016).

Performance levels 2014/15

The first table below shows the performance of Pupil Premium students over the past three years for levels of progress and then there is a further table showing the GCSE results for 2014/15 and comparing these with the previous year.

Levels of Progress

Area2012 /132013 /142014 /15

Expected Outcomes
2015/16

Maths – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
ALL STUDENTS
64676663
Maths – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS
42534448
Gap between PP and ALL22142215
Maths – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
CURRENT FSM STUDENTS
39505046
Gap between FSM and ALL25171617
English – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
ALL STUDENTS
62687180
English – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS
50595477
Gap between PP and ALL129173
English – percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
CURRENT FSM STUDENTS
54656368
Gap between FSM and ALL83812

The gaps between progress for Pupil Premium and Free School Meal students and the whole cohort in both English and Maths narrowed in 2014. For Pupil Premium students, the gap has widened again in 2015 but the gap in Maths progress between students who are currently Free School Meals narrowed to 16%. The gap in English progress for current Free School Meal students remained narrow at 8%. The data suggests that in 2015 we narrowed the gaps in progress more effectively for those who are currently on Free School Meals than for those who have been Free School Meals in the past whereas in 2014, the progress gap narrowed for all Pupil Premium students.

GCSE Results

Area20142015Expected Outcomes
2016
Percentage achieving 5A*-C inc En/Ma
ALL STUDENTS
465054
Achieving 5A*-C inc En/Ma
PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS
273146
Gap between PP and ALL19196
Percentage achieving A*-C in English and Maths
ALL STUDENTS
525658
Percentage achieving A*-C in English and Maths
PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS
303450
Gap between PP and ALL22228

The gap between Pupil Premium students and the whole cohort in the percentage of students achieving 5A*-C including English and Mathematics remained constant at 19% in 2015. However, the gap for the Free School Meals sub-group closed considerably to 11%.

Summary

Overall the school was successful in maintaining the same level for GCSE performance year on year and in closing the gap for levels of progress for current Free School Meal pupils.

During 2015/16 we will continue to focus on all Pupil Premium students as noted above. The results highlight the need for an even closer review of the performance of those students who are not currently receiving free school meals but who have done so in the past few years. This will help with our clear intention to close the overall Pupil Premium gap in performance when compared with the whole school figures.

Update March 2016

In-year assessments take place throughout the year and these allow us to track the progress of students and identify expected outcomes in 2016.  Following the assessments in February 2016, expected outcomes for Pupil Premium students in Year 11 show a narrowing of the gap in comparison with 2015. The gap in 3+ levels of progress is expected to reduce from 22% to 15% in Maths and from 17% to 3% in English.  The gap in percentage of students achieving A*-C in English and Maths is expected to drop from 22% to 8%.  These expected outcomes are shown in the right-hand column of the table above.

The allocation of the Pupil Premium in 2013/14 at Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre

The Pupil Premium has been paid to the school since April 2011. It has been allocated by the Government to children from lower-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (and from April 2012 for those who have registered for Free School Meals at any stage in the past six years). It is also paid for children who have been looked after in care continuously for more than six months, for children of a parent serving in the Armed Forces and for adopted children.

Statement of Principles

1. We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our pupils.

2. All focused interventions are aimed at vulnerable pupils and those receiving the Pupil Premium are given priority. However, with limited resources available this does not mean that all free school meal or previous free school meal children will be in receipt of additional interventions at any one point in time.

3. Pupil Premium funding is allocated according to a needs analysis of the pupils to which the funding is attached.

4. Some Pupil Premium funding will have a very positive impact on pupils to whom the funding is not attached and particularly where there are group interventions. This is important to assist other pupils than the FSM group who may, or may not be socially disadvantaged. 

5. We aim to ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.  In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals are socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all pupils that are socially disadvantaged are registered, or have been registered, to qualify for free school meals.

6. Our aim is to close the gaps between the whole school performance of pupils and that of the Pupil Premium pupils by tailoring interventions and thus applying funding where most needed.

Areas of expenditure in 2013/14 

In the last academic year the school received a total of £308,014 for the Pupil Premium.

This money has supported the education of students covered by the premium and has helped in the cost of educational provision as detailed below:

  • Pupil Support Fund – this is a school fund to assist parents with the costs of trips and visits, educational expenditure and also uniform. Total £13,603.
  • Learning support on a group or individual basis. This is using the Learning support assistants in and out of the classroom to support pupils with a range of additional learning and behavioural needs. We have calculated this expenditure for Pupil Premium pupils at £207,370.
  • Attendance monitoring, bereavement counselling, community support and general counselling – total spend = £15,290.
  • Healthy relationships courses, mentoring of all pupils and mini school pastoral care and restorative justice intervention shows an investment of £49,900.
  • Alternative Curriculum – the school has a specialist centre for dealing with short-term and medium student needs away from the classroom. Apportioned spend £41,520.
  • Early intervention group – specialist group work for student needs in the earlier years away from the classroom – £8,000.
  • Student Support Centre – for students to learn and be supported away from the main school after physical injury or stressful times. Apportioned spend = £16,800.
  • Provision of I pads for year 7 from September 2013 – 25 pupils assisted at a cost of £9,750.
  • “Take up the challenge” courses for pupils lacking confidence and “My Zone” – safe lunch hour activities for vulnerable students = £6,850.
  • “Take up the healthy challenge” – exercise and food programme and attendance and organisation of trips and visits totalled £17,550.
  • Out of hours revision courses for GCSE Maths and English and personal study plans = £3,550.   

Each of these areas have been fully calculated for costs involved and we have detailed database information underlying the summaries provided here.

There are many other areas which have not been included including support for learning packages and support services. Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre makes a significant contribution from the general grant provided by Government towards the education of those children for whom the Pupil Premium is provided. The interventions and support noted above total £390,183 but they are not exclusive.

In 2014/15 the Pupil Premium will increase to about £330k and we will continue the above interventions plus provide additional support mechanisms where needed. The base level secondary school level of support at £935 per pupil is likely to remain the same in 2015/16 although we have not yet had confirmation of this (Pupil Premium rates apply from April through to March each year and not with the academic year).

Performance levels 2013/14

One of the best measures of pupil performance is to see the levels of improvement from when they joined Homewood (end of Key Stage 2) to the end of year 11 (end of Key Stage 4). This measures performance for all pupils, whatever the level of starting point.

The table below shows that in this key measure the gap between the performance of the Pupil Premium students and the whole of the students in year 11 at the end of Key stage 4, has narrowed significantly in both Maths and English.  It is also worth mentioning that the Maths gap at 14% measures well against the all Kent schools figure of 28% and the English gap at 9% against the all Kent schools total of 22%.

Area

2012 /13

2013 /14

Maths –  percentage achieving 3 levels of progress from KS2 to KS4

ALL STUDENTS

 

64

 

67

Maths –  percentage achieving 3 levels of progress from KS2 to KS4

PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS

 

42

 

53

The gap between these figures

22

14

English –  percentage achieving 3 levels of progress from KS2 to KS4 

ALL STUDENTS

 

62

 

68

English – percentage achieving 3 levels of progress from KS2 to KS4

PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS

 

50

 

59

The gap between these figures

12

9

Summary

It is very pleasing to see the continued excellent performance of the Pupil Premium students in 2013/14 and with the various strategies and interventions for 2014/2015 we are confident that this will continue. These students are very much “under the radar” and we continually review our actions and strategies to ensure that they get the best possible support in their education. 

Value for money statements

Value for money statements PDF