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 pupil premium 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 overcome hurdles to ensure that pupil premium is no longer a barrier to academic achievement and high expectations & aspirations. Regular data collections covering academic achievement and assessment of attitudes to learning 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 where specific groups of students have been identified 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.

Quality first teaching has focused on raising quality and standards through improving the quality engagement in learning and formative assessment. Whole staff training has focused on the Magenta Principles, metacognition, understanding behaviours and raising awareness for Pupil Premium students.

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

Funding and Support

What is Pupil Premium funding?

Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools based on the number of Free Schools Meals, Looked After Children, Post 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 £985 per FSM/E6 students, £320 per Services student and £2,410 per Post Looked After or Looked After children (however Northumberland retain £915 of every eligible LAC pupil’s grant to be used to promote the educational achievement of all LAC’s in the region).

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 six years

Looked After Children

Post Looked After Children

Adopted from Care Children

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

Currently 250 of students at Duchess’s Community High School are eligible for the Pupil Premium and a further 102 students eligible for Services 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

  • 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:

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

In the financial year 2022/23 the level of funding (including Services Premium) is estimated to be £270,565 plus £33,495 recovery premium.

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement

Please follow this link to view the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for 2022-2025.

As the size of the FSM cohort is small the 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 2022/23 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. The above link also contains our focus areas and action points for this year.