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Middlewich High School

Achievement for all

Pupil Premium

Middlewich High School

Pupil Premium Plan 2017/18 & Impact Statement 2016/17

The Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to schools on top of the main funding that they receive. This funding is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds (eligible for Free School Meals or In Care) to ensure that they are able to benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. The Pupil Premium exists because data suggests that students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower attainment than those who have never been eligible.

Middlewich High School is free to spend the pupil premium funding to support students from low income families to raise attainment, close the attainment gap and raise aspirations to continue their education and/or training and employment. For the academic year 2017/18, the school is due to receive pupil premium funding of £167,545.

At Middlewich High school, our Pupil Premium strategy is founded in the belief that:

•All children can achieve even in the most complex circumstances

•Adults (teachers and other school staff, parents and carers) are responsible for ensuring all children reach their potential

•Providing a high quality education is vital for a fair society that allows every child the full range of opportunities in life

Impact Statement 2016/17

The impact of our pupil premium strategy can be seen in the 2017 GCSE disadvantaged results:

Total in year (16/17)

Disadvantaged number

Disadvantaged %







National non-disadvantaged

English & Maths grade 4+



English & Maths grade 5+



Progress 8



Attainment 8



Entered for EBacc



Achieving EBacc grade 5+



Staying in education/employment





96% national benchmark


The impact of pupil premium on the educational attainment of pupils is assessed through rigorous analysis of data linked to assessment, attainment, achievement and attendance.


The school’s next review of our Pupil Premium strategy is scheduled for February each year on release of the ASP DfE school performance summary.


Pupil Premium Spend 2017/2018


Barriers to Educational Achievement


  • Low levels of literacy & numeracy which impacts on all subject areas
  • Below average ability: current Y11 PP students have lower KS2 APS than non-PP students. Whole year group average KS2 APS is lower than NA
  • Low attainment in Maths’ GCSE outcomes which impacts on basics measure & P8/A8 measures
  • Pathway qualifications need to meet the needs of the students
  • Attendance rates for disadvantaged students need to be high. Low attendance reduces school hours affecting knowledge and understanding. Also reduces time available for intervention
  • Aspiration & motivation. Disadvantaged students require clear guidance for post-16 route and vision for their economic wellbeing
  • Students do not always have study/revision guides, lack of suitable environment at home to complete homework/revise (no desk/table/resources)
  • Emotional health and wellbeing is an important factor for success and development of resilience.


The strategies are focused on raising the progress and attainment for disadvantaged students in particular targeting:

  • Attendance
  • Numeracy and Literacy
  • Aspiration and motivation



Costings £


Staffing costs


  • Additional teachers of Maths & English to support smaller classes
  • Attendance officer with dedicated allocation of time for disadvantaged students, supported by learning coach
  • Curriculum Support Manager
  • Employment of additional staff to support non-academic intervention e.g. inclusion specialist, careers and off-site education provision to support future planning
  • Learning coach for PP
  • Maths intervention tutor
  • Raising Standards lead
  • Teaching assistants

Staff CPD




  • Catch-up numeracy training and Ninja Maths for KS3 students in form time
  • PiXL strategies for improving progress
  • PP strategies for improving progress

Key initiatives & other costs


  • 1:1 tuition and/or small groups in literacy and numeracy and other subjects as required
  • After-school homework club
  • Annual Careers fair with 100% PP attendance
  • Aspirational visits to further & higher education
  • Aspirational visits to local businesses & STEM events (focus on girls)
  • Boys Conference & Mentoring Programme
  • Boys Literacy Day
  • GCSE study packs
  • Mengage mentoring programme
  • Personalised curriculum & relevant qualifications
  • PP attendance incentive scheme
  • Provision of breakfast club
  • Provision of GCSE study guides Y9-11
  • Staffing and resources to provide quality enrichment and holiday revision classes, PP students targeted for Easter School and Lesson 6 English and Maths
  • STARS programme for high ability PP
  • Subsidies to ensure all pupils have the opportunity to attend trips
  • Subsidise uniform costs
  • Subsidised GCSE music tuition provided for pupils
  • Summer school
  • Y7 Manor residential visit



Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch up premium


Rationale for spending

Our spending was decided based on the following:

  • Primary transition meetings and discussions with primary head teachers and staff to secure progress from Keystage 2 & 3
  • Primary transition progress data and student profiles
  • ‘The Sutton Trust’ research evidence
  • PiXL research evidence
  • Best practice from partner high schools


Middlewich High School expect to receive £14,000 of this funding for 2017/18. (TBC)

Intention for the spend of allocation:

  • Summer School
  • Further staffing to support Year 7 Nuture group
  • Catch up Numeracy
  • Catch Up Literacy
  • Additional books and resources to support literacy and numeracy


Middlewich High School received £13,511 of this funding for 2016/2017. This was spent on:

  • Summer School
  • Further staffing to support Year 7 Nuture group
  • Catch up Numeracy
  • Catch Up Literacy
  • Additional books and resources to support literacy and numeracy

Impact Statement 2016/17