Key Documents

Pupil Premium

The main principle of the admission to Poole High School is to maintain the character of the school as a Comprehensive School, providing for the needs of young people in the 11 -18 age range who live in the Borough of Poole.

These are students whose parents recognise and support Poole High School’s ideal of secondary education for the whole family, irrespective of ability. We encourage all parents applying for a place here to recognise and support this ideal.

The Pupil Premium is an allocation of money that is given to schools to specifically assist children that fall into at least one of the following groups:

  • They are currently eligible for free school meals (FSM)
  • They have been eligible within the last six years for FSM
  • They have been identified as a Looked After Child (LAC)

The amount that we currently receive for pupils within these groups is £935 per student. This money is specifically designed to help us to raise the achievement level of the students in these groups which has previously been identified as being disadvantaged through economic hardship.

We also receive a premium for students whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This is currently £300 per student per year. This money is specified to help with the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.

The total Pupil Premium that we have been allocated for 2015-2016 is £453,643.

Schools are free to spend the money as we believe is most appropriate to assist the groups of students identified. It is understood that schools are best-placed to identify what will work better for the students within their care, where different strategies might be more effective than others. However, we are accountable for how we have decided to spend the additional funding and for how effective our plans have been to help the groups of students achieve.

We utilise a wide range of strategies to help us improve performance within the identified groups and these can include recommendations from published sources, such as the ‘Toolkit of Strategies to Improve Learning’, published by the Sutton Trust in May 2011.

In addition to this we are carrying out action research projects to assess the most effective use of this money.

Examples of strategies used

  • Attendance related support structures and incentives.
  • Additional behaviour and learning support activities.
  • 1 to 1 teaching and small group intervention programmes in key subjects, usually English and Mathematics and also emotional literacy and self-esteem courses.
  • Financial support for revision guides and other resources as well as revision support programmes for all students and intensive support for target groups.
  • Provision of alternative curriculum opportunities including college, work and individualized curriculum.
  • Supporting the most able with trips and experiences to broaden their horizons and targeted monitoring.
  • Reading support and targeted sessions to raise reading ages.
  • Social skills, self-esteem and other specific programmes.
  • Providing access to school events or trips that may otherwise not be possible.
  • Mentoring and advice for students to help remove barriers to success.
  • Provision of on-line resources and equipment to support self-study.
  • Raising the aspirations of potential ‘first generation applicants’ to Higher Education.
  • Home Study support and independent learning resources
  • Summer Schools