Pupil Premium

    Pupil premium funding is allocated to schools based upon the number of low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals as well as looked-after children and children whose parents serve in the armed forces. Pupil premium is calculated using the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years.

    Westminster City School’s allocation of pupil premium funding for the academic year 2016-17 is estimated to be at the same amount as previous years excluding income attributable to the summer school programme.

    2017-18 £289,780 (estimated)

    2016-17 £296,680

    The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium funding will support us in enabling every student to fully experience the rich and varied curriculum. This additional funding will be spent in a number of ways across all key stages to ensure that each child eligible receives the additional support through a number of ways.

    We have put on extra classes in a range of subjects, specialist homework support, reading and literacy lessons, nurture groups etc. The school will also engage with other programmes, projects and initiatives which support the engagement and involvement of disadvantaged pupils.

    The governors and staff believe that providing additional resources to improve the development of basic skills will improve the life chances of our pupils and ensure their success at each stage of their education.

    Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Strategies will be staggered throughout the academic year.

    Evidence demonstrates that pupils eligible for free school meals are making outstanding progress based on pupil progress outcomes measured at the end of Key Stage 4.

    Examples of our use of pupil premium funding

    • Staff providing withdrawal or in-class sessions to support pupils learning.
    • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through learning mentors, trained teaching assistants or external agencies.
    • Providing equipment and textbooks when the need is identified. This will clearly support learning and achievement, however any equipment purchased to support pupils will ultimately remain the property of the school.
    • Staff providing support related to attendance and welfare.
    • Small group intervention work in key subject areas.
    • Music lesson subsidy is free to pupils eligible for free school meals.
    • Systems used to track the progress of all pupils, including those who receive free school meals.
    • Staffing to provide homework clubs before and after school.
    • Resources to support learning, including ICT.
    • Resources for revision directly linked to examinations.
    • Provision of sports taster sessions after school.
    • University visits.
    • Subsidising trips abroad.
    • And any other support deemed necessary by the school during the academic year.

    Measuring the impact of pupil premium

    • Reduction of class size leading to improved standards for learners.
    • Closing the gap for free school meal pupils and their peers.
    • Zero attainment gap in English and negligible gap in maths relative to national average.
    • Further raising attainment for identified pupils.
    • Engaging parents to improve attendance and sharing progress.
    • Enhanced school-to-school partnerships.

    We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged.

    The school reviews its pupil premium funding strategy annually during the autumn term.

    For further information on pupil premium funding please email us at enquiries@wcsch.com.