Pupil Premium 2014-15

The Pupil Premium Grant

In 2014-15, the Pupil Premium allocation to Ashton on Mersey School was £281,867 which equates to 301 pupils.

The Pupil Premium is additional grant funding and is in addition to the School’s Delegated Budget. It is allocated to children from low-income families, children who are in local authority care, children adopted from local authority care 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.

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 disadvantaged children 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 Classe
  • Revision and examination materials
  • 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 2014- 15

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 examination technique workshops, stress management, 1:1 intervention and breakfast sessions just prior to their examinations whilst pupils in KS3 were able to receive booster classes before school in preparation for their School Assessment Tests (SATs), with the funding also 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.

Two key initiatives were put in place to support the pupil premium learners. The first was external support from ‘Learning Performance’ who delivered a C/D borderline workshop and a revision technique workshop. The second was the ‘Keep Calm and Revise’ scheme which included 1:1 mentoring with all revision materials being provided.

‘91% of the pupils who attended the intensive tutoring said they enjoyed the sessions.’


The results in Key Stage 3 were excellent this year. In Year 8 the Pupil Premium cohort achieved 4 sublevels of progress in English the same as the Non-Pupil Premium cohort. In Year 9 Mathematics 83% of the Pupil Premium cohort achieved at least a Level 5 compared to 90% of the Non-Pupil Premium cohort.

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 93.7% for 327 pupils, this is a slight increase from 2013-14 where we achieved 93.6% with 217 pupils in the cohort. We have continued to close the gap between PP and not PP students from -3.1% 2013/14 to -2.8% 2014/15.

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 History trip to the Somme, Year 10 Geography field trips and Year 7 residential team building trip to Anglesey.

“On Year 7 camp I overcame my fears and I am glad I went, I would recommend this for all new Year 7’s”

Year 7 pupil

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.


The School has also used some funding for administration, resource packs, literacy boxes, resources and files for eligible students. Some examples include when Year 7 pupils were provided with pencil cases and calculators, 72 Year 9 pupils were provided with Mathematics kits for their Statistics GCSE and revision guides were bought for pupils studying their GCSE’s 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 and clothing for pupils working in Construction.

Holiday Camp

Funding from Pupil Premium is allocated to provide subsidised places on the holiday camps & clubs run by the school. 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. The internal predicted starting point for Pupil Premium pupils in spring of Year 10 was 21.6% 5+A*-C including English and Maths. As a result of these initiatives 43% of Pupil Premium pupils secured the 5+A*-C including English and Maths, adding 21.4% from Year 10 to Year 11. Although the final figure is 5% lower than last year it is 7% above the national figure last year.

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


Results 2015 Pupil Premium Non      2015 Gap
5 x GCSEs A* – C Inc. English and Mathematics 43% 65%            22%

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 2015-2016?

Ashton on Mersey School has been allocated £238,893 for 2015-16 which equates to 255 pupils. We have detailed below how we intend to spend this year’s allocation per student. Our target is to continue to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. 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, mentors are booked to come into school and revision guides have been ordered. A team building day and camp is planned for our Year 7 students.

Planned breakdown of spend per pupil 2015-16


For 2015-2016 Ashton on Mersey School intends to continue to fund similar interventions to those used in 2014-2015 as this had a positive impact on overall achievement and has helped to ensure all our students have full access to all the opportunities available at Ashton on Mersey School.

Our School Improvement targets specifically focus on progress and attainment of vulnerable groups and further closing the gaps. This year a headline target across the school is to reduce the gaps in attainment across all key stages (between each individual vulnerable grouping and non-vulnerable pupils). This will be evidenced through the progress made from KS2-4 for targeted groups of pupils.

  • 5A*-C inc English and Maths (Pupil Premium)       53% (43.1)
  • Progress 8                                                                  -0.25 (-0.47)