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Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2023-24

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is a type of funding which was first introduced in April 2011. The school receives the Pupil Premium each financial year from the DfE, with the amount received determined by the number of students receiving free school meals (FSM), are Looked After or are from military families.

The funding is provided to ensure that these students are not disadvantaged in any way. The Pupil Premium is paid by means of a specific grant, based on number of pupils in the school who are registered as eligible for Free School Meals or who are Looked After Children. The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it will be used to address and minimise any underlying inequalities between children eligible and those who are not eligible for the Pupil Premium

Statement of intent

Colne Park High School is an inclusive learning community where No One Gets Left Behind” and students are given opportunities to learn and succeed within a safe, well-ordered environment. We aim to raise the aspirations and attainment of disadvantaged pupils through a range of evidence informed experiences which complement their learning and expand cultural capital.

We are committed to all students making at least good progress. The focus of our pupil premium strategy is to support disadvantaged pupils to achieve that goal, including those that are high attainers. We realise that the gap has widened during the pandemic and will target resources at raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

When making decisions about using Pupil Premium funding it is important to consider the context of the school and the subsequent challenges faced. Pendle being in the most deprived 20% of the lower-tier local authorities within England on the IMD rank of average rank measure (data shows that the area has got relatively worse since 2015 on this measure). With, Whitefield in Colne the most deprived ward in England on the Living Environment domain. Pendle is also in the 20% most deprived areas in England for the health deprivation and disability rank of average rank measure and the living environment rank of average rank measure. For the employment deprivation rank of average rank Pendle is in the 20% most deprived areas in England for this measure. (2019 deprivation analysis)

Quality first teaching is at the heart of our approach, with a focus on areas in which pupil premium pupils require the most support in school. This is proven to have the greatest impact on closing the attainment gap and at the same time will benefit the non-pupil premium pupils in our school. Implicit in the intended outcomes is the intention that non-pupil premium pupils’ attainment will be sustained and improved alongside progress for their pupil premium peers.

Our approach will be evidence informed alongside research conducted by the EEF. Throughout the academic year the progress of pupil premium students will be closely monitored with a three tiered approach to assessment; regular low stakes assessment, half termly diagnostic assessments and termly summative assessments in order to act early to intervene and ensure pupil premium students are challenged in the work they are set. We will ensure that all teaching staff are involved in the analysis of data and identification of pupils, so that they are fully aware of strengths and weaknesses across the school

Through effective use of this additional funding, Colne Park High School is fully committed to ensuring that the individual needs of each entitled child is met. As a result of the additional funding, the school expects that eligible pupils will make better progress and achieve higher standards than would have been likely without it. This will be demonstrated by a narrowing of the Progress 8 gap. A key focus of the strategy will be to improve Pupil Premium outcomes:

  • the % of eligible pupils achieving at least a grade ‘5’ in English and Mathematics
  • the % of eligible pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate
  • the % of eligible pupils achieving their FFT20% Benchmark in English
  • the % of eligible pupils achieving their FFT20% Benchmark in Mathematics

The Pupil Premium Strategy Statement is a working document and outlines a whole school approach in which staff take responsibility for disadvantaged pupil outcomes and raise expectations of what they can achieve.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Review

The policy will be reviewed every year.

Use of the Pupil Premium 2023 – 2024

Colne Park High School Pupil Premium statement 2023-24 including review of Outcomes 2022-23


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