Pupil Premium

PUPIL PREMIUM (AND FREE SCHOOL MEALS)

The Pupil Premium funding, which is provided for students in receipt of free school meals, children looked after and also students with a parent currently serving/or having served in the armed forces in the last six years, is allocated to the school to address the issues associated with social disadvantage and support those students working below the expected levels for Midhurst Rother College. The aim of the funding is to narrow and eventually close any differences between their attainment and that of all students. When making appropriate provision for these children we also acknowledge that not all students in receipt of Pupil Premium are educationally disadvantaged.  Qualifying pupils in 2018-19 result in the school receiving a grant of the amount £359,000.  The Director for Challenge, Mrs Fiona Lunskey (Fiona.Lunskey@mrc-academy.org), is responsible for overseeing our pupil premium students.

 

 MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CLAIMING THE PUPIL PREMIUM (PP)

Parents can apply even if they don’t want to take up free school meals (over £300 of free meals!), as this funding can assist your child in many other ways, from extra tuition (peripatetic music lessons for example) to assistance with books and materials. So that we can benefit from this extra funding, please contact the Business manager, Mrs Kath Chard (Katherine.Chard@mrc-academy.org). If you need help applying or if you need more information from the Local Authority (and an application form) click on the link below. 

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/education-children-and-families/schools-and-colleges/free-school-meals/

 

WHAT ARE OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES?

At Midhurst Rother College, we strive towards three goals; respect, happiness and achievement for all members of our college community.  We want the best education for all of our students and seek to ensure that those with more support needs, or who are disadvantaged, receive the relevant support in order for them to achieve their full potential.

Many Pupil Premium students flourish but some experience barriers to achieving in school. Through our discussions with parents and students and through tracking data (on performance, attendance and behaviour), we recognise the following issues that can affect progress:

* Low self esteem

* Low aspirations  

* Poor attendance

* Lower literacy and numeracy ability

* Other welfare issues that result in students who are not 'ready to learn'

 

 

WHAT STEPS ARE WE TAKING TO NARROW THE GAP FOR OUR PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS?

  • A catch-up curriculum for PP students entering yr 7 with basic skills not yet “secondary –ready”
  • Weekly mentoring for all yr11 PP students and a number of younger students
  • Regular discussion of PP progress at all KS3 and KS4 progress review meetings, and at department and heads of department meetings
  • Daily monitoring of attendance and contact with families on the first day of absence from school. Since allocating extra staff and resources to this initiative in early 2017, we have seen steady improvements in PP attendance as below,

 

Pupil Premium Students’ Attendance

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

Year 7

93.1%

93.7%

95.1%

Year 8

92.2%

92.3%

93.5%

Year 9

88.1%

93.2%

94.4%

Year 10

93.1%

87.0%

93.9%

Year 11

92.0%

94.4%

85.4%

Total

91.6%

91.9%

92.5%

 

  • Regular review of PP students from each year group between pastoral leaders and the Director for Challenge
  • On-going training for all staff to raise awareness of issues that may affect PP students
  • Counsellor in college to help students, including pupil premium students with issues that may affect their focus on learning.

 

Review of 2017/18 to help improve attainment further this academic year:

Improving outcomes in the basics is a key focus for the school, as is reducing further all differences between the attainment and progress of PP students and other students within the school and nationally. The school recognises that for some progress measures the overall progress of Pupil Premium students is not yet good enough and funding is earmarked for further academic support, especially in English and maths. Our pupil premium students have however made more progress, from generally lower starting points, than our non pupil premium students in a number of subjects over the last three years. Please follow this link for the details here

The Staff and Governors of Midhurst Rother College are committed to working in partnership with students and parents / carers to ensure that provision is made which guarantees learning for all students so that everyone makes maximum progress and reaches their potential. Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all groups of students and is constantly reviewed to ensure it meets this objective. The school welcomes and shares the government’s aim of tackling all forms of social disadvantage and wants to provide everyone with opportunities that will support inclusion: by focusing on providing full access to opportunities available to others, support to improve attendance and ultimately securing the best possible educational outcomes for each individual student.

Midhurst Rother College will account for all Pupil Premium money in an open and responsible way and all provision will be regularly reviewed and evaluated.

To find out how we intend to spend this year's Pupil Premium (2018-19) funding and our overall targets please click HERE


Year 7 Catchup funding premium students 2018-19 

 

 

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