Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Grant 

What is the Pupil Premium Grant? 

The school receives funding from the government for students who have been registered for free school meals (FSM) in the last 6 years and for students who have been looked after by the local authority in a continuous way for a period of more than 6 months. The aim of the funding is to help the schools to provide education to ensure students achieve their potential at school. 

Pupil Premium funding  

Has been utilised to ensure that students from disadvantaged backgrounds experience of school minimises the gap between their attainment and that of their peers. The gap is well documented, Wrenn strives to overcome this and allow children to achieve beyond their potential. 

The funding is used with the following key areas; Quality first Teaching, Targeted academic Support and wider strategies? 

A minimum expected grade is given to every student and their progress is measured throughout their time in the school.  

The progress of disadvantaged pupils in their external examinations were very promising in many areas including: 

  • Pupils receiving a A* – G (equivalent) saw disadvantaged pupils outperform that of their more advantaged peers. 
  • Pupils that received a top grade (A*/A) was equally represented. 
  • The Gap between Disadvantaged pupils and their peers decreased to below national gaps in all measures in English examinations. 
  • The Gap between Disadvantaged pupils and their peers decreased to below national gaps in all measures in Mathematics examinations. 
  • The progress gap for disadvantaged pupils reduced to –0.34, seeing this gap reduce to below national figures. 
  • We have a commitment to ensuring pupils have access to extra-curricular opportunities, including playing a musical instrument and the duke of Edinburgh award. 

Key stage 2 Internal data suggests that gaps of disadvantaged pupils are below that of national norms and that their attainment is in line with achieving close to national average performance once pupils reach examination years. 

Key stage 4 data demonstrates that this is where the gaps in both attainment and progress begin to immerge, so specific intervention will be put in place. 

It is clear that as the demands of academic studies intensify this is where pupils need the additional support of school and home. We are very privileged to have excellent pastoral support in school and where parental involvement is both strong and sustained pupils can often overcome some barriers to achieving their potential. 

Through years 7-11 disadvantaged students represent around 30% of the student population and we strive to have this represented at our sixth form too. 

                                       Our priorities for the new academic year. 

  • Support and enhance the learning of any student who is making less than expected progress 
  • Focus on students whose literacy levels are below expectations.  
  • Developing metacognitive strategies to allow pupils to understand their needs and requirements as engaged learner. 
  • Improve teaching through focussed feedback and the introduction of FAB book. 

Our full strategy and areas of focus can be found below to download. 

Determining  needs: 

  • The School has a rigorous analysis system which allows us to use data to identify areas of weakness, and strategies accordingly. 

Interventions will include: 

  • Boost personalised numeracy development and in mathematics 
  • Continuation of shared reading to boost literacy levels 
  • Whole school literacy and numeracy programmes to boost student’s achievement Continue to raise awareness and profile of pupil premium students with staff and governors by a robust analysis of key groups data 
  • Maintain and reinforce the work done by our year managers to improve attendance
  • Ensure that our students are appropriately equipped for their studies. 
  • Refine transition into year 7 to provide improved continuity between key stages 
  • Raising the aspirations and expectations to ensure that the gap between PP students and the rest of the school becomes negligible. 
  • Develop teaching and learning to ensure that our methodology meets students’ way of learning. 
  • Ensure that our students performance in GCSE English is equal or above the national average 
  • Ensure more rapid progress for our high ability students so they reach their minimum target grades. 

Enriching the lives of students 

Wrenn School will continue to support students in order to enrich their lives with priorities in the following areas: 

  • We are supportive of students to pursue their particular interest/ hobbies in areas not offered within our school. 
  • We are heavily investing in our Ciaags offer and have dedicated time for disadvantaged pupils to have increased activities relating to job and career opportunities and a commitment to ensuring that the Gatsby benchmarks are applied and students have 100% coverage. 
  • Support our students’ cultural footprint to enable them to increase their understanding of the world around them and provide experiences to enable pupils to embed their learning. 

Student performance data

  Progress 8 2015-16 Progress 8 2016-17 Progress 8 2017-18 Progress 8 –  2018-19 Target
Overall -0.35 0.19 0.15 0.10
PP -0.73 0.04 -0.62 0.00
  English and Maths C+ 2015-16 English and Maths 4+ 2016-17 English and Maths 4+ 2017-18 English and Maths 4+ 2018-19 – Target
Overall 38% 51% 58% 60%
PP 21% 45% 36% 55%
  English and Maths 5+ 2015-16 English and Maths 5+ 2016-17 English and Maths 5+ 2017-18 English and Maths 5+ 2018-19 – Target
Overall N/A 37% 37% 50%
PP N/A 31% 17% 45%
 Yr 7-12 Percentage Attendance 15-16 Percentage Attendance 2016-17 Percentage Attendance 2017-18 Percentage Attendance 2018-19 – Target
Overall 94.68 94.76 95.16 95.5%
PP 93.06 92.94 93.30 94.6%
  Behaviour Related Incidents 2015-16 Behaviour Related Incidents 2016-17 Behaviour Related Incidents 2017-18 Behaviour Related Incidents – 2018-19 – Target
Overall N/A 62 54 45
PP N/A 39 35 30
  NEET Figures 2015-16 NEET Figures 2016-17 NEET Figures 2016-17 NEET Figures 2018-19 – Target
Overall N/A N/A 12% 9%
PP N/A N/A 0% 0%

Current academic year

Our Pupil Premium funding for 2018-19 is £265,540

We have a total of 307 students eligible for the funding. The table below illustrates the breakdown of PP students per year group.

PP students represent 28.08% of our total number of students

                                        28.72 % including Looked After Children.

Our priorities for the new academic year.

  • Support and enhance the learning of any PP student who is making less than expected progress
  • Focus on PP students in lower years whose literacy levels are below expectations. Funding will be used to determine where students’ needs are a priority, as well as arrange for interventions and enrichment activities as appropriate.

Determining  needs:

  • The School has a rigorous testing system which allows us to analyse data  in order to identify areas of weakness, target areas for improvement and  arrange for interventions.

Interventions will include:

  • Boost personalised numeracy development and in mathematics
  • Continuation of shared reading to boost literacy levels
  • Whole school literacy and numeracy programmes to boost student’s achievement Continue to raise awareness and profile of pupil premium students with staff and governors by a robust analysis of key groups data
  • Maintain and reinforce the work done by our parent support worker and year managers to improve attendance
  • Ensure that our students are appropriately equipped for their studies.
  • Refine transition into year 7 to provide improved continuity between key stages
  • Raising the aspirations and expectations to ensure that the gap between PP students and the rest of the school becomes negligible.
  • Develop teaching and learning to ensure that our methodology meets students’ way of learning.
  • Ensure that our PP students performance in GCSE English is equal or above the national average
  • Ensure more rapid progress for our PP high ability students so they at least reach their minimum target grades.

 Enriching the lives of students


Wrenn School will continue to support PP students in order to enrich their lives in different ways by:

  • Offering funding for PP students to pursue their particular interest/ hobbies in areas not offered within our school.
  • Subsidising activities relating to job and career opportunities.
  • Support our students’ cultural footprint to enable them to increase their understanding of the world around them.

You can Download our Pupil Premium report here.

You can Download a copy of our Pupil Premium Strategy here.

You can Download our Year 7 Catch-Up Funding information here.