Pupil Premium Grant

The Pupil Premium Grant is paid to schools for students who are recorded as being eligible for Free School Meals in the last 6 years, who are ‘Looked After’, or who have a parent serving in the armed forces. The Grant is a key resource in ensuring the realisation of the school’s vision to leave the school with the best possible academic outcomes.

Primary Objective

At WHS our primary aim is to rapidly close the gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students and ensure that all our students exceed national expectations through providing outstanding teaching and learning opportunities for all students. All teaching staff are aware of the students eligible for PPG and this informs their planning, monitoring and intervention. For the academic year 2016/7, our PP numbers are listed above as a %age of each year group.

Barriers to Progress

Evidence nationally suggests that common barriers for students eligible for PPG include: attendance and punctuality; behaviour and exclusions; transition from primary to secondary education; literacy levels; parental engagement; student engagement in school visits; completion of work at home and access to ICT facilities; and sometime low aspirations.

Over a number of years, we have successfully employed a range of strategies and targeted funding to improve these areas. We will continue to do so in 2017/8 where there will also be a particular focus on:

  • Ensuring quality first teaching across a range of subjects so PP students make rapid progress
  • Improving the data collection systems to better monitor the progress and engagement of student eligible for PPG over a range of indicators
  • Targeting the progress made by the most able disadvantaged students in English and mathematics
  • Targeting attendance and behaviours as barriers to learning

Download the Westhoughton High School Pupil Premium Policy, which includes our Strategy Statement, Pupil Premium Evaluation of 2016-17 Spend and Pupil premium strategy statement 2017-18.