Pupil Premium 2013-14

The Pupil Premium Grant

In 2013-14, the pupil Premium allocation to Ashton on Mersey School was £231,750 which equates to 258 pupils.

The Pupil Premium is grant funding and is in addition to the School’s Delegated Budget. It is allocated to children from low-income families, children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children with parent(s) in the Armed Forces. Pupil Premium Funding is used to raise attainment, promote social skills, independent learning and positive behaviour in order to increase pupil progress.

Pupil Premium

The Purpose of the Pupil Premium Grant

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of the pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.

At Ashton on Mersey School we target additional support strategies to enable every student, however financially disadvantaged, to:

  • Improve their levels of progress and attainment
  • Close attainment gaps relative to school averages
  • Have full access to the curriculum
  • Access extra-curricular provision

At Ashton on Mersey School we have directed the funding to support the following interventions:

  • Booster and 1:1 intervention Classes
  • Hobbies/Interests
  • Incentives
  • Mentoring/staffing
  • Personal resources including ICT support
  • Trips and Residential Visits
  • Uniform
  • Attendance

The impact of this funding has been to support and enhance our existing intervention strategies for students who would otherwise have been disadvantaged and has allowed them to experience the full range of opportunities offered.

Pupil Premium Expenditure and Impact 2013 – 14

Booster classes and mentoring

A variety of different booster classes were used across the key stages to help all pupils achieve their potential. Pupils in Year 11 were able to take part in booster classes just prior to their examinations whilst pupils in KS3 were able to receive boosters before school in preparation for their School Assessment Tests (SATs), with the funding being used to encourage attendance by providing pupils with a healthy breakfast for the best possible start to the day and at a study skills day.

‘I have learned that revision isn’t just about sitting down and reading a book. It can be fun.’

Year 8 pupil    

The results in Key Stage 3 were excellent this year. For Year 9 English 90% of the Pupil Premium cohort achieved at least a Level 5 compared to 95% of Non-Pupil Premium. In Mathematics the gap between the two groups at Level 5+ was the same with 88% of the Pupil Premium cohort achieving at least a Level 5 compared to 93% on Non Pupil Premium Pupils.

Year 7 Primary Model teaching group

This strategy has been developed to assist pupils with specific learning needs, primarily those with lower levels of ability and attainment. It is a small teaching group of approximately 12-15 pupils within which a significant proportion are those entitled to Pupil Premium.

‘It has improved my ability to organise my thoughts when revising for tests.’

Year 7 Pupil

The teaching group is supported by 2 additional teaching assistants providing a high level of learning support. The approach has been successful in allowing these pupils to integrate into their secondary education in a more structured way and is evidentially beneficial to their progress through Key Stage 3.


Ashton on Mersey School has introduced monitoring strategies and incentives to improve attendance of Pupil Premium students. We are particularly pleased with the improvement seen as a result of close monitoring and various reward schemes. Overall the attendance of our Pupil Premium cohort last year was outstanding. They finished the year with 92.9% an increase of 0.5% compared to 2013. This figure can also be compared to attendance of 94.9% of all pupils nationally leaving a gap of just 2%. Last year the gap nationally between Pupil Premium children and Non Pupil Premium children was 3.7%. At the time of publishing this statement we are awaiting the national figures for all Pupil Premium children.

Residential/Social and Cultural Visits

School has funded a number of residential and cultural visits for identified pupils. Pupil and staff surveys reveal positive feedback on all these events. Trips include the Year 9 History trip to the Somme, Year 10 Geography field trips and Year 7 residential team building trip to Anglesey.

‘I got to face my fears and enjoyed every minute of it, it helped my confidence.’

Year 7 pupil following Team Building Day

The costs associated with residential/social/cultural visits, which provide vital cultural, social and enrichment experiences for pupils, are often a barrier to those pupils with free school meals or from low income families. Pupil Premium funding has enabled these costs to be subsidised for eligible pupils, thus allowing greater access to the same high quality and exciting opportunities offered by these experiences. Pupil Premium families are encouraged to apply for help with funding in all our trips and activities through letters that are sent home.

‘57% of pupils who attended the Museum trip said they had an opportunity to experience something they had not had the chance to experience before.’


The School has also used some funding for administration, resource packs, literacy boxes, Building Learning Power resources and files for eligible students. Some examples include when Year 9 pupils were provided with Mathematics kits for their Statistics GCSE and revision guides have been bought for pupils studying their GCSEs in KS4. Ingredients are supplied when families struggle to provide the necessary ingredients for Food Technology practicals. This allows pupils to develop their making skills in Technology but also learn essential life skills. In these situations it ensures all pupils are able to access the same opportunities irrespective of their family income.


Ashton on Mersey School has helped Pupil Premium students with new blazers and some new PE kit. The start of the academic year can be an expensive time for many families. Pupil Premium families are encouraged to contact the school if they require any help towards uniform costs. Support has also been provided for uniform requirements in our practical subjects in KS4, for example safety boots for pupils working in Construction.

Holiday Camp

Funding from Pupil Premium is allocated to provide subsidised places on the holiday camps run by the school. For example last year we supported 35 Pupil Premium pupils so that they were able to attend a 3 day residential trip in the summer term. Pupils were able to develop relationships with new friends whilst working as a team to develop their confidence, an essential part of the transition process from Primary to Secondary school. We also provide support with holiday clubs that offer a variety of high quality activities and experiences for pupils to participate in including sports, performing arts and ICT. This has brought about a

significant increase in attendance at the holiday clubs from pupils entitled to Pupil Premium which would otherwise be more prohibitive as a result of the charges required to cover costs.

Impact of Pupil Premium

The impact of Pupil Premium can be measured in two ways. Firstly we compare the performance of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding against the performance of those who are not. The table below shows you the gap in this performance for those two groups of pupils at Ashton on Mersey School based on the number of those gaining 5+ GCSE grades at A*-C including English and Mathematics. This year we have seen an improvement in the achievement of our Pupil Premium pupils compared to 2013.

‘Year 11 pupils felt ‘challenged, motivated and confident’ following a motivational speaker’s conference.’

Pupil PremiumNon2014 GapPupil PremiumNon2013 Gap
5 x GCSEs A* - C Inc. English and Mathematics486517%376326%
* Closing the gap in 2014 by 9% compared to 2013

The second way in which we measure the impact of Pupil Premium is through the quality of the activities or intervention that we provide. Each activity concludes with a pupil survey and is compared to a pre-event survey.

‘I have started to step back and think about what I am doing and if it is the correct choice.’

A Year 11 pupil commented that since working with his mentor

What projects will run in 2014-2015?

Ashton on Mersey School has been allocated £229,075 for 2014-15 which equates to 245 pupils. We have detailed below how we intend to spend this year’s allocation per student. Currently we are running attendance incentives and we are helping students with school uniform, PE kit and specialist uniform required for BTEC courses. Booster classes and 1-1 interventions are in place and a team building day and camp is planned for our Year 7 students.

Planned breakdown of spend per pupil 2014-15

Planned breakdown of spend per pupil 2013-14

For 2014-2015 Ashton on Mersey School intends to continue to fund similar interventions to those used in 2013-2104 as this had a positive impact on closing the gap of overall achievement and has helped to ensure all our students have full access to all the opportunities available at Ashton on Mersey School.