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Pupil Premium: 2015-16

Overview of the School:

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received  
Total number of pupil on roll (Y4-Y11) at the end of the academic year 62
Total number of pupil eligible for PPG  39 
Amount of PPG received per pupil 1089 (ave) 
Total number of Service Children  3
Amount of PPG received per pupil  300
Total amount of Service Children PPG received  900
Total number of Looked After Children (LAC) @1900  5
Total amount of LAC PPG received 9500
Total number of Free School Meals (FSM) Children (primary) 8
Amount of PPG received per pupil 1320
Total amount of FSM PPG received (primary) 10560
Total number of Free School Meals (FSM) Children (secondary) 23
Amount of PPG received per pupil 935

Total amount of FSM PPG received (secondary) 21505
Total amount of PPG received 42465


Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) Report 2015-16

The exact number of learners in receipt of PPG changes throughout the year and some ‘out of county’ Authorities do not allocate the full PPG amount for the learners we have on roll. However, in the Summer Term 2016 we had 62 learners on roll in Years 3-11, of which 30 were in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG). This constitutes 48% of our whole school cohort, of which 17 learners are boarders, 9 learners are extended day and 4 learners are day students.

We closely monitor the progress of all of our learners throughout the academic year, including review meetings to evaluate the progress of those in receipt of PPG with key staff, which is reported to Governors thoroughly termly reports / presentations.


Objectives in Spending Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) 2015-16

To maximise Pupil Premium learners’ achievements in Maths & English, as well as across the whole school curriculum:

  • To maximise PP learners (total & capped) point scores in relation to national average
  • To narrow the gap, within school, of learner attainment
  • To support PP learners emotionally, socially and academically
  • To broaden learners’ cultural experiences across both the Care and School curriculums



Senior Management Oversight: contribution to Curriculum Management Team (CMT) strategic oversight of Pupil Premium

Placement Support Officer: additional support / provided assistance to parents & carers to ensure that PP learners’ attendance is in line with other learners, as well as additional support / guidance, where necessary. Contribution to salary of additional post

Curriculum Support Officers: additional support provided to ensure PP learners had individualised programmes of work experience during Year 10 & 11. Also provided additional support for student monitoring of attainment and tracking of the impact of intervention programmes. Contribution to salary of additional post

Specialised Careers Advisor: contributed to careers lessons, as well as organising ‘1 to 1’ meetings to establish bespoke career action plans, as part of the school transition package for PP learners. Included: arranging college visits & interviews / completing applications for college places & apprenticeship programmes, over-seeing individualised career action plans and provided regular updates for parents & carers, provided additional support for Y11 PP leavers during the summer holidays to ensure they had a destination for September 2016. Additional days purchased from the service to ensure that the Advisor attended Annual Reviews for Years 9, 10 & 11 learners

Educational Visit Support: provided financial support for PP learners to enable them to fully participate in all relevant curriculum visits and unit activities

‘1 to 1’ Mentor: provided additional academic support for two identified PP learners in Year 11 cohort, to support them during their exam preparations and provided ‘catch up’ opportunities to complete coursework in all subject areas, where necessary. Contribution to the cost of the additional post


The bespoke transition programme which we have established, as part of our Careers programme, has ensured that for the last 5 years we have had 0% NEETs, with all of our learners going on to further education, employment or apprenticeship programmes. During 2015-16, we increased the number of days allocated to our Specialist Careers Advisor to provide additional support for the PP Year 11 leavers, which included working with the students and their families over the Summer break to ensure that all had a college placement secured for September 2016.

Total Cost: £21,465

Additional Advanced Teaching Assistant (ATAs): provided individual attention and more frequent feedback throughout lessons, which are key contributing factors in learner progress. Identified intervention programmes provided on an ‘1 to 1’ basis in English and Maths lessons for identified learners aimed at improving literacy and numeracy levels of learners

Tuition Programmes: additional tuition offered to identified PP learners to challenge under-performance / support further progress, mainly aimed at Year 10 & 11 cohorts but made available to other learners where appropriate

Provision for subject specific ‘Narrowing the Gap’ projects: funds were made available for subject areas to create their own specific projects for any cohort, aimed at ‘narrowing the gap’ in their subject area (e.g. numicon programme in Maths)

Regular review meetings with key members of staff: meetings organised throughout the academic year took place involving Senior Management Team, Keyworkers, Tutors & Teachers. The progress of all learners is individually reviewed and Governors are involved in considering the impact of interventions and measures to promote progress through termly reports delivered in Governors meetings

Communication Champions: staff were trained to be able to effectively deliver additional interventions in the classroom, with a ‘Speech, Language & Communication’ focus, to meet the needs of learners identified by the whole school Speech, Language & Communication Needs screening programme. Training was delivered by Speech, Language & Communication Needs Team from NYCC / NHS.

Sensory and Physical: all classrooms and units provided with a range of sensory resources (e.g. privacy boards, ear defenders, fidget toys, weighted blankets, coloured overlays, pen grips, sensory night lights, comforters, bean bags, etc) to meet the needs of our learners.

Emotional Literacy Support & Anger Management: all staff received training in emotional literacy support and anger management in order to support emotional literacy and emotional regulation of all learners. Training was delivered by Educational Psychologist team from NYCC. 


Throughout 2015-16 we continued to organise ‘1 to 1’ and small group ‘catch up’ sessions in Maths, English and Science for our PP learners in Year 10 & 11; the arrangements were flexible, adapted to meet the individual needs of the learners. One Year 11 learner required a bespoke tutor programme to ensure he achieved his qualifications in the Summer.

The biggest barriers to success of our learners is low literacy levels and poor working memory, so ‘1 to 1’ Literacy and Numeracy intervention programmes were established for identified PP learners. We also introduced the Accelerated Reader programme in Summer Term 2016 to address the low literacy levels of a majority of our learners, as well as challenging more able readers. The programme involves a daily reading slot for our learners, where they are listened to on a ‘1 to 1’ basis and their reading progress is tracked on a weekly basis, the outcomes are used to inform bespoke intervention programmes for each learner. This programme will continue throughout 2016-17 and outcomes will be reported.

Total Cost: £16,372

Books, materials and other curriculum support: contributions to the costs of materials were made, when required; reward trips to encourage participation and to purchase resources to enhance the learning provision across both school and residential units

Educational Visits: fully funded residential opportunities offered to learners across the residential units (e.g. Bransdale Barge Trip, Mountain Bike Fundraising Trip)

Life Skills Programme: provided additional opportunities for learners to develop key skills as part of the whole school transition programme (e.g. personal hygiene, telling the time, using bus timetables, understanding phone bills, etc)

Activity Grid: wide variety of activities and visits provided, during and after the school day (outlined in the ‘Winter’ and ‘Summer’ activity grids (e.g. archery, swimming, trials bikes, mountain biking, fishing, arts & crafts, etc)

Duke of Edinburgh Award: all learners offered the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh (Bronze Award)


Pupil Premium funding has been widely used to support students in taking part in existing activities across the school such as Glaisdale residential, Langdale Rock Climbing, Trials Biking, music workshops, Mozart concert, etc). 25 learners this year have been supported to enable them to participate in the full school curriculum, this continues to be an important part of our mission to broaden horizons for these learners.

Total Cost: £4,637