Pupil Premium


We aim to advocate the inclusion of students who are deemed to be at a disadvantage through:

•    A whole school policy of support

•    Supporting all students to achieve their potential

•    Stimulating and/or maintaining students interest in their own education

•    Personal, educational and social development within a supportive environment

•    Identification of the individual needs of disadvantaged students and the implementation of appropriate intervention and support programmes.

•    Effective liaison with pastoral and subject staff

•    Effective tracking and monitoring of progress over time.

•    Working in partnership with parents

At Duchess’s we implement a range of strategies and initiatives to ensure that disadvantage is no longer a barrier to academic achievement and high expectations & aspirations.  We aim to categorise our initiatives as relevant to support, intervention or enrichment.  This includes regular data collections covering academic achievement and assessment of attitudes to learning. This tracking can then form effective interventions which are varied and specific to the needs of the student/group.

Students are supported academically and pastorally to challenge barriers to learning and offer appropriate support. Examples of strategies that we have used include: focusing on maths and English interventions to raise attainment for yr11 students. Pastoral interventions have been implemented by Directors of Learning, who have identified specific groups of students for mentoring to improve behaviour, attendance, attitudes to learning, raise aspirations etc.  For those students who struggle to access a traditional curriculum, personalised timetables have been implemented both internally and through external providers.

Teaching and learning has focused on raising quality and standards through improving the quality of marking and feedback and the development of Directed Improvement Time (DIT) where students spend time acting on feedback they have been given on their work.  Whole staff training has focused on the Magenta Principles and raising awareness and interventions for Disadvantaged students.

We work hard towards our goal of diminishing the achievement gaps and continue to consider new opportunities to enhance the experiences of our Disadvantaged students.

Funding and Support - 2016/17

What is Pupil Premium funding?

Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools based on the number of Free Schools Meals, Looked After Children and Forces students that attend that school. For Free School Meals it also includes those students who have been on the FSM lists at any point in the previous six years. Secondary Schools receive £935 per FSM/E6 students, £1,900 per Looked After Student, and £300 per Services student

Who is Eligible for Pupil Premium?

Free School Meals

Free School Meals in the last 6 years

Forces Children

Children who have been in Forces families in the last four years

Looked After Children

Adopted Children

How many pupils at Duchess’s Community High School are eligible for the Pupil Premium?

Currently 190 of students at Duchess’s Community High School are eligible for the Pupil Premium.

Do you think your child might be eligible for Pupil Premium Funding?

The department of Education has suggested that at least 14% of students eligible for FSM are not claiming them. It is very important that parents let us know if they are in receipt of any of the following types of benefits, as we will not be automatically informed by the local government:

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

• Income Support

• income-based Jobseekers Allowance

• income-related Employment and Support Allowance

• support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

• the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

• Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

• Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

• Universal Credit

Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (i.e. they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.

You can apply either by:

  • Telephone on FSM 01670 623592

  • Completing a paper application form which is available from FSM Office Northumberland County Council County Hall Morpeth NE61 2EF

  • Online Application (click to follow the link): Free School Meals​​

What is the current funding for Pupil Premium Pupils at DCHS?

In the financial year 2016/17 the level of funding for the groups above is:

135 Free School Meals / Ever 6 / Looked After Children = £129,120

58 Current/Ever 4 service students = £17,400

Co-ordination of Pupil Premium support across our Federation of Schools:

We are part of a Hard Federation of schools working together to provide the best possible learning for our young people across the 9 to 18 age range. We continually look to find key strategies to make sure that the progress of our Pupil Premium pupils is positively impacted on by this funding and that any gaps between such pupils and school/national averages are diminished. We actively support individual young people’s well-being and growing self-awareness.

At present a senior staff member in each of our three schools has the responsibility as Pupil Premium Champion. They meet regularly with a designated governor to review progress, share good practice and look to find further good ideas on intervention and support. Sometimes this intervention and support will need to look wider than the pupil and may encompass the whole family in order to help them provide the best possible home environment for their children.

Examples of joint work so far:

  • Focus on improving attendance across all schools in the Federation and respond quickly to non-attendance

  • Finding ways to highlight to parents the importance of applying for Pupil Premium

  • Creating information proformas so that classroom colleagues are fully informed as to the background of individual pupils

  • Jointly exploring good practice from other schools and current research literature that may support future work

  • Improving the levels of support necessary to provide a positive transition from one school to another.

Other data is available on request for example three year averages.

Because of the small size of the FSM cohort attainment and progress percentages can vary substantially if a small number of FSM students have other issues for example linked to attendance or Special Needs. It is therefore important for us to not only work on the classroom experience for these students but also give consideration to how we raise aspirations and expectations through working with parents, raising attendance, involvement of outside agencies / community groups etc.

In light of all of this it is difficult to separate spending for specific students from our overall budgeting for teaching, support and intervention however:-

In 2015/16 we made the following commitments to our students who bring the PP with them:-

Expenditure Review

In 2016/17 we will continue to make progress with many of these commitments as well as continuing to develop new strategies to meet the ever changing needs of our students.  Ensuring development and progress from the individual child’s starting point.

Predicted Expenditure Review