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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is additional government funding for students who are either looked after children or perceived to come from disadvantaged backgrounds. This funding is then used to boost the learning of students so that the gap between learners is narrowed and all students are then able to reach their full potential.

Evidence shows that the most effective schools achieve best outcomes through high quality teaching, strong leadership, a relevant and coherent curriculum, a culture of high expectations and targeted catch-up and enrichment activities. Intrinsic support in the basics can enable children from disadvantaged backgrounds to catch up with their peers. Schools also influence how parents support their child’s learning and behaviour as they grow older and their needs develop. They can also help parents understand the breadth of possibilities open to their child and how their child can achieve their aspirations.

Key Principles for using the Pupil Premium Grant at:  Gretton School 

  1. Gretton School has a commitment to raise achievements for students who are eligible for Pupil Premium and knows these students must make faster progress than non- eligible students and is determined to achieve this.
  2. Gretton School never confuses eligible students with low ability and strives to ‘bring out the best’ in this group of students and support them to achieve the highest levels.
  3. Gretton School creates an overall package of support aimed to tackle the range of barriers including; attendance, behaviour, external factors, professional development focusing on improving outcomes for eligible students, improving the quality of teaching and learning, language acquisition, parental engagement, opportunities for first-hand experiences and development of literacy and numeracy skills.
  4. Gretton School directs resources and interventions to accelerate progress of eligible students and close the attainment gap compared to their peers.
  5. Gretton School ensures class teachers and staff know which students are eligible for Pupil Premium so they can take responsibility for accelerating progress and accountability is shared across the school.

2015 – 2016

Students who received pupil premium funding will have benefited from one or more of the following additional provisions:

  • 1:1 interventions for literacy and numeracy
  • Residential Activities to the Isle of Wight and West Runton

(See further information below relating to Residential Activities)

Pupil premium is paid in varying amounts from different local authorities.

Pupil Premium Grants 

Year Amount
2015-16 £20,390.00

 

Impact of the Pupil Premium funding 2015/16: 

The impact of the pupil premium has been to:-

  • Increase confidence and enhance communication which resulted in greater engagement with learning across all subject areas.
  • Enable students, previously reluctant to engage in public speaking, being able to prepare and give a presentation to secondary students in an assembly.
  • Accelerated progress in reading and spelling levels for students receiving pupil premium, as a result of 1:1 intervention.

Pupil Premium for 2016 / 2017:

Students receiving pupil premium funding will benefit from one or more of the following additional provisions:

  • 1:1 interventions for literacy and numeracy
  • Provision of upgraded and new outdoor play equipment to regulate behavior to allow students to fully engage in their learning and improve education outcomes
  • enhance communication through social interaction

Pupil premium is paid in varying amounts from different local authorities.

At the end of the year pupil premium amounts for 2016 – 2017 will be published

 

Additional Information Regarding Residential Activities

The trips were via Kingswood, one of the leading providers of residential trips, Kingswood support teachers in bringing learning to life.

As holder s of the ‘learning outside the classroom’ quality badge they aim to instil self-confidence and a sense of achievement through a positive experience which is educational, enjoyable, challenging and rewarding.

We are so positive about the experiences and benefits to our students that these trips make, they are embedded in the school calendar. Students also develop and build their social skills, self -esteem and confidence. For some of our students it has been the first time that they have stayed away from home. The impact that these trips had back in school were to increase confidence and enhance communication which resulted in greater engagement with learning across all subject areas. Specifically we saw students, previously reluctant to engage in public speaking, being able to prepare and give a presentation to secondary students in an assembly.

23 students from Primary accessed the trip to West Runton which was over the space of 3 days and 25 students from Secondary accessed the trip to the Isle of Wight which was over the space of 5 days both trips in March 2016.

Students returned to school smiling and gained confidence that has developed during the course of their time at Kingswood. The students feel proud of what they have achieved and for many of our students it is a real milestone in helping them to believe in themselves and have confidence in their own abilities.

Quotes from some who accessed the trips

‘It was good. I score it 9/10.  I enjoyed the zip wire. I would go again’

‘The quad bikes were good’

 ‘It was very fun’

West Runton Facilities

Perched high on cliff tops overlooking the North Norfolk coastline, this former girls’ boarding school is set in beautiful pine-fringed grounds. The main building and activities are all fairly close together within three minutes’ walk, giving this centre a friendly campus feel, however this 30 acre site is packed with indoor and outdoor activity facilities, including: –

  • Quad bike and go kart tracks
  • Large indoor swimming pool
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing facilities
  • Archery ranges
  • New bushcraft zones
  • Underground caving complex
  • Cinema
  • Computer labs and environmental classrooms

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Isle of Wight Highlights

The Isle of Wight centre covers 100 acres of beautiful fields and woodlands in a superb cliff top location, overlooking Whitecliff Bay, with direct beach access. At its heart, the Isle of Wight centre’s five residential buildings – including an all-weather activity zone – border a tree-lined lane, creating the feel of a college campus – large enough to not feel crowded but small enough to not get lost! The centre is safe and secure for students and teachers with boundary fencing, CCTV and coded security gates.

The Isle of Wight centre has excellent adventure activity facilities that include an exhilarating 3G swing, quad and kart tracks, a high ropes course, indoor and outdoor climbing facilities, archery ranges, a swimming pool, a fencing studio, underground caving complex, abseiling towers and zip wire. Other facilities include computing labs, a cinema, environmental classrooms and student recreational areas.

Surrounded by “Jurassic” coastline designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, this is the most important area of Europe for dinosaur fossils, making the Isle of Wight perfect for Environmental Field Studies. An abundance of estuaries and scattered sand dunes create ideal features for study, as do inland rivers crossing chalk downs. Just over the ridge is Sandown, a Victorian seaside resort where current trends in tourism dictate local economic prosperity.

 

 

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