Pupil  Premium


Since 2011 the government has provided all schools with additional funding called 'Pupil Premium' to help close the gaps in academic results and progress over time, between those who are identified as having disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. The 'disadvantaged' definition includes children in receipt of free school meals in the last six years, 'looked after children', adopted children and children whose parents are in the Armed Forces.

There is a significant national gap between the progress, attendance and behaviour of those pupils considered to be disadvantaged and their non-disadvantaged peers.

Pupil Premium at Kenton School


Everyone at Kenton School - staff, governors, parents and volunteers - are actively involved in supporting learning and removing barriers to success; we are all wholly committed to our ethos 'All Different, All Equal' and we take our responsibilities for ensuring the progress of all children very seriously. Kenton School has twice the national average of students in receipt of Pupil Premium from Y7 to Y11.

We have already made significant strides in improving the attendance and behaviour of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium at Kenton in recent years and this is enabling us to work in a more focused way on removing other barriers to learning, such as weak literacy, numeracy, emotional and social difficulties.

The Governing Body at Kenton commissioned a wide-ranging review of our provision supporting disadvantaged pupils in 2016, evaluating the impact of our previous Pupil Premium spending to determine the most cost-effective strategies for the future. A further external review of Pupil Premium spending took place in June 2018. We have devised a new PP Action Plan in the light of that review.

Our overarching goal is to build upon the best aspects of our current practice to further raise the performance of Pupil Premium pupils at Kenton School so that their progress and attainment accelerates rapidly across the curriculum to be in line with non-Pupil Premium pupils nationally.

We will achieve this by focusing on five key priorities:

  1. Improve outcomes through high quality teaching and learning

  2. Improve the attendance of PP students

  3. Raise aspirations of students

  4. Develop character through LORIC (Leadership, Organisation, Reasoning, Initiative and Communication skills)

  5. Develop a sense of belonging to Kenton and wider communities

Barriers sometimes experienced by PP and disadvantaged pupils at Kenton School

  • Weak literacy and word poverty

  • Weak numeracy

  • Social and emotional barriers

  • Material deprivation

  • Low self-esteem, aspirations and lack of ambition

  • Poor independent study skills and/or access to internet/books/research

  • Limited parental engagement

  • Erratic attendance

  • Poor behaviour/ self-regulation/boundaries

  • Lack of wider cultural opportunities

In 2021/22, there is £809,840 of funding available to support PP/Disadvantaged pupils at Kenton.

In 2020/21, £788,830 of funding is available.

In 2019/20, £732,105 of funding is available.

In 2018/19, £674,135 of funding was available.

In 2017/18, £701,250 of funding was available.

In 2016/17, £710,600 of funding was available.

The following activities are contributing either directly or indirectly to narrowing the attainment gap at Kenton School.

  • CPD for Teachers & support staff to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom.

  • Use of Data, Tracking and Layered Intervention to target areas of need

  • The appointment of a Pupil Premium Champion

  • Regular Formative Assessment

  • Learning Support

  • Individual coaching, Mentoring & Guidance for social and emotional needs

  • 'Catch Up' accelerated reading programme

  • The use of PiXL resources to help students close identified gaps in knowledge

  • Big Maths/Maths Burst

  • Small group tuition to support reading and writing at KS3

  • Small group intervention to support English & Maths at KS4

  • Enhanced ICT provision in the Accelerated Learning Centre

  • Key Stage 4 GCSE Science/Ebacc/BTEC interventions

  • Transition events for each year group, Summer School and intensive revision during holidays

  • Extra-curricular activities - such as visits, speakers and clubs

  • Key Stage 4 work related programmes & individualised careers education, information advice & guidance

  • Enterprise activities

  • Attendance and support for behaviour

  • The outreach team & parental support for learning

  • A comprehensive programme of character development taking place in Life Skills lessons

  • An opportunity for students to demonstrate characteristics required in employment by completing the PiXL Edge

The school has a detailed Pupil Premium Action Plan (2020-2021) which is monitored by the Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Body on a termly basis. The PP Link Governor is Mr Stephen Lonsdale.

Pupil Premium: Breakdown of cohorts

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