Pupil Premium


Pupil Premium funding is provided for students in receipt of free school meals, children who are looked after and students with a parent currently serving/or having served in the armed forces in the last six years. The funding 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 in attainment between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students. When making appropriate provision for these children we also acknowledge that not all students in receipt of the Pupil Premium are educationally disadvantaged.  Qualifying pupils in 2020-21 result in the school receiving a monetary grant which equates to £955 on average, per pupil.  The Director for Engagement, Mr Simon Hills (simon.hills@mrc-academy.org ), and Assistant Principal, Mrs Leanne Wallis (leanne.wallis@mrc-academy.org) are responsible for overseeing our Pupil Premium students.


Parents can apply for the Pupil Premium (even if they don’t want to take up free school 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. In order to 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. 





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 students and strive to ensure that those with needs, or who are disadvantaged, receive the relevant support 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'



  • Weekly mentoring for year 11 Pupil Premium students and numerous younger students
  • Regular discussion of Pupil Premium progress at all Key Stage, Pastoral, and Departmental meetings
  • Daily monitoring of attendance and contact with families on the first day of absence from school 
  • On-going training for all staff to raise awareness of issues that may affect Pupil Premium students
  • Counsellor in college to help students, including Pupil Premium students with issues that may affect their focus on learning.


Review of 2019/20 to help improve attainment further this academic year:

Improving outcomes in the basics is a key focus for the school, as is reducing further differences between the attainment and progress of Pupil Premium 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. The progress of our Pupil Premium students and our non-Pupil Premium students over the last three years up to 2020 is here: Pupil Premium: Impact Progress 2019-2020 (coming soon)

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 College 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 accounts for all Pupil Premium money in an open and responsible way and all provision is regularly reviewed and evaluated.

A review of 2019-2020 funding can be found here: Pupil Premium: Review and spending 2019-2020 

Our three year plan can be found here: Pupil Premium: 3 Year Plan

The next strategic review will be May 2021.

Information regarding our (Year 7 Catch-up Funding Premium) curriculum can be found here: Review and Plan 2020-2021 

MRC COVID-19 Catch up Premium plan



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