The Pupil Premium


In April 2011 the Government introduced the Pupil Premium (PP), funding which is additional to main school funding. The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to narrow, and eventually close, the attainment gap between pupils from low income families and their peers; schools have the freedom to spend this funding as they think best based upon their knowledge of pupil needs.

It is allocated to the school to work with pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years (the “ever 6” rule). The school also receives funding for pupils who have been or are currently in care and children of service personnel. During the academic year 2015/2016 Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School received £935 for each pupil eligible for the Pupil Premium in Years 7 to 11, and will be receiving £935 for the 2016/2017 academic year (£1235 for pupils of service personnel).

Pupil Premium funds (£98,204 in 2015/2016) were spent on teaching and educational support for students in disadvantaged groups, as well as programmes relating to behaviour, pastoral support, additional classes to improve student progress, revision programmes/study guides, enrichment activities and the use of external professionals to support individuals and small groups. The amount estimated to be received in 2016/2017 is £96,305.The school will use this money to support systems and processes which ensure continued progress and academic achievement for those in disadvantaged groups. The school will also continue with programmes, projects and initiatives which support the engagement and involvement of disadvantaged pupils. The school has in place rigorous monitoring and support systems. Pupil progress is assessed three times a year and interventions are put in place for individual pupils who need support to meet their minimum target grades. The outcomes for these pupils, as demonstrated in attainment and achievement data (RAISE), compares favourably with national benchmarking.



Year 11 2015/2016

Comparisons against national outcomes are based on the 2014/15 figures for the purposes of benchmarking. This will be updated with the statistical release from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) in January 2017.

Measure National non-PP 2015 BHGS       non-PP students 2016 National     PP           2015 BHGS         PP students 2016 National Gap        2015 BHGS     Gap     2016
English expected progress 74.0% 91.55% 57.0% 84.21% 17.0% 7.34%
Maths expected progress 72.0% 85.92% 49.0% 84.21% 23.0% 1.71%

Table 1 – Progress Measures

Table 1 shows that some very disadvantaged children are making superb progress in the core subjects at BHGS and achieving some remarkable results when compared to other PP and non-PP pupils nationally. The gap in the degree of progress made by PP compared to non-PP students is significantly smaller at BHGS than the national gap, especially in Maths. It is worth noting that the proportion of BHGS PP pupils making the expected progress in English (84.21%) is higher than the proportion of non-PP pupils nationally making expected progress. The proportion of BHGS PP pupils making expected progress in Maths (84.21%) exceeds the proportion of non-PP pupils nationally making expected progress. This clearly shows that systems and interventions we have in place for the disadvantaged pupils are enabling them to make excellent progress. We are delighted for them.

Table 2 shows attainment results for the 5 GCSE A* – C grade including English and Maths; this is the measure most noted by the Department for Education but does not take account of an individual’s starting point (as Table 1 does) therefore it does not measure progress. It must be noted that the actual results achieved by both PP and non-PP students at BHGS far exceed the national averages. We are very proud of the achievements displayed by our PP pupils as is clearly evidenced by the ‘achievement gap’ figure in the last column (the difference in attainment between our PP pupils and non-PP pupils). Although this figure has risen slightly compared to last academic year it must be noted that we had a larger number of Pupil Premium pupils (20) in a much smaller year group (91).

Measure National non-PP 2015 BHGS       non-PP students 2016 National     PP           2015 BHGS          PP students 2016 National Gap        2015 BHGS     Gap     2016
5 A*-C including Eng/Ma 63.0%

62.0% (2014)



78.3%  (2015)



36.0% (2014)


75.0%      (2015)


26.0%  (2014)


3.13% (2015)

Table 2 – Attainment Data

Also of note, based on the 2014/15 RaiseOnline report:

The “value-added” figure the government calculates puts our PP students at 1006.4 compared with a national PP group average of 975.9, where 1000 is the overall national mean for value added for all pupils.
The national figure in 2015 for PP students achieving the Ebacc was 11.0%; in 2015 53.0% of BHGS PP students achieved the Ebacc, nearly 5 times greater.
We continue to do our best to ensure that ALL girls achieve to the best of their potential, irrespective of any disadvantages encountered. RAISEonline statistics for 2015/2016 will be validated in 2017 when this data will be updated.
Schools, including BHGS, will also be judged by 2 additional measures by the DfE: Attainment 8 and Progress 8. The Progress 8 measure records the progress made by pupils since Year 6. Emphasis is placed on academic subjects and English and Maths are double counted in this measure, stressing how important these subjects are. It is expected that schools will score somewhere between -1 and 1, with a negative score signifying that pupils did not make expected progress and a positive score showing that they made more than expected progress. A score of 0 means that pupils made expected progress. If a school scores below -0.5, it gives cause for concern and if it scores above 0.5, it means that exceptional progress is being made.

Table 3 summarises our Progress 8 scores for 2016 comparing whole school scores to our Pupil Premium pupils.

  Pupil Premium pupils Whole School Difference
Overall 0.39 0.32 +0.07
English 0.61 0.44 +0.17
Maths 0.52 0.41 +0.11

Table 3 – Progress 8 measure


Item / Project Focus Cost (£) Key Stage(s)
Additional sets in Core Subjects Attainment 46,536 4
Extension of LSA team / time to allow for support group staffing and attendance at meetings Attainment / Emotional and Behavioural Support 32, 605 3 and 4
Counselling and Mentoring Services Emotional and Behavioural Support 4,620 3 – 5
Participation in global Humanities project with Oxfam Attainment / Enrichment 1553 3
Assistance for educational visits / trips Attainment / Social Skills 2260 3-5
Music remission Attainment / Enrichment 135 3 and 4
Revision materials Attainment 794 4 and 5
Individual tuition for CLA Attainment 500 4
Miscellaneous curriculum and pastoral materials (ingredients for GCSE Catering, uniform, Year 11 Study Skills session, MfL magazine subscriptions, subject specific equipment) Attainment / Emotional and Behavioural Support 1565 3-5
PE coaching (athletics / volleyball) Enrichment / Social Skills 210 3 and 4
Year 7 Summer School Attainment / Social Skills 436 3
 Booster Clubs Attainment 345 4
Year 7 eSafety workshops (Family Lives) Emotional and Behavioural Support 888 3
Year 7 CAT testing Attainment 407 3
Individual tuition for Gymnastics Enrichment / Social Skills 822 3
Total 93,675


Plans for expenditure (2016/17)

In addition to our plans to continue the expenditure outlined above:

  • Improved focus on current Year 11 PP pupils in terms of attendance, progress and attainment by the end of the academic year
  • Information to be circulated regularly to subject staff pertaining to the PP girls on roll
  • Increased focus on FSM/PP pupils in terms of attendance and therefore access to their learning
  • An increase in counselling facilities in school to allow pupils to cope with stresses of GCSEs and life changes, improving mental health generally in the school community
  • A more open approach to pupils and their parents in terms of what Pupil Premium funding means and how this can benefit their daughters in and out of school
  • Provision of more targeted revision/master classes for Key Stage 4 pupils during and out of term time
  • Additional careers guidance interviews for PP pupils in Years 10 and 11 (via Youth Connexions)
  • Provision of breakfast surgeries during Year 11 GCSE examinations

Our provisional PP budget for 2016/17 is £96,305