Pupil Premium

The information below outlines how we use the Pupil Premium funding to support the learning of children within our school, as well as how to apply for pupil premium funding if you think you may be eligible. Mrs Thompson, Acting Assistant Headteacher, is the strategic lead for Pupil Premium and works with Mr McCulley, Deputy Headteacher, to monitor the progress of Pupil Premium students.

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and those children in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, national figures show that 11-year-olds who are eligible for Free School Meals are around twice as likely not to achieve the expected standard (100) in mathematics and English as other 11-year-olds.

What students does it apply to?
  • Students who are eligible for Free School Meals.
  • Students who were eligible for Free School Meals during the past 6 years. This category is known as Ever6.
  • Students who are officially in care and classed as ‘Looked After’.
  • Students who are adopted.
  • Students who have a parent in the armed forces.
What do we spend the money on?

The school has the flexibility in deciding on how to best use the funding and it is not restricted to spend on students being looked after or receiving Free School Meals, “It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools…. is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (Source – DfE website)

The funding is, therefore, given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent. For more details on the Pupil Premium generally, please visit:


If you think you may be eligible for Free School Meals please contact Warwickshire County Council on 01926 359189

Further details can be found at:


Objectives for Pupil Premium spending at Henley-in-Arden School

In 2016-2017 we aim for our students entitled to PP funding to make at least the same progress as all students nationally (+0.0), by diminsishing the remaining, marginal difference in the progress they make.

● To raise the attainment and improve the progress of those students entitled to the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG).

● To significantly diminish the difference in progress between pupils (target at +0.00 or better) at Henley, entitled to the PPG, and all pupils nationally with the same satarting points.

● To maintain excellent attendance rates for PP pupils.

● To ensure that pupils eligible for the PPG receive Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) about different education pathways and careers options to allow them to continue with further education or training once they leave school.

● To ensure that the proportions of students entitled to the PPG making expected progress in Mathematics and English is the same as that for all students nationally.

● To ensure effective evaluation and impact of PP strategies to represent good value for investment.

● To minimise the in-school gap between students entitled to the PPG and all students at Henley.

A full review of last year’s strategy, as well as this year’s more detailed plan of how we will diminish the difference between the progress of our students who are entitled to PP funding and the progress of all children nationally appears at the bottom of this page.

Catch-up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least the Expected Standard (Score of 100) in reading and/or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2.

2015-2016                               £9,000
2016-2017                             £12,000
2017-2018                               £ TBC

Money is currently spent on a tuition programme for students who do not achieve level 4 (or standardised score of 100) in Maths.  The students each have an initial meeting with the one to one tutor to assess their individual needs and do a baseline assessment.  A timetable is then devised that meets the needs of the students, which ranges from intense one to one work, pair work or small group work in mathematics. In English, a specific Literacy group has been created in Year 7 to focus on accelerating students’ progress towards the expected standard. These students focus literacy and reading recovery using Accelerated Reader.  Students’ progress is monitored after each data entry and by the assessments done with the tutor.  If students have made sufficient progress (secure progress suggesting a score of 100) they may exit the tuition programme, but are still monitored throughout their time in year 7 and may come back into the scheme if their working at levels remain unchanged or decrease. Last year’s Year 7 catch-up premium money was spent in the same way and yielded the results below.

Impact of Year 7 Catch-up Premium

Catch-Up Premium Review of 2016-17 and Statement of Intentions 2017-18

Pupil Premium Statement and Strategy 2018-19

Statutory Pupil Premium statements:

As required by the Department for Education, each year we publish details of how our school spends its pupil premium funding and the impact this has had on the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding.

We include:

  • how much pupil premium funding we received for this academic year;
  • details of how we intend to spend the funding, including our reasons and evidence;
  • details of how we spent the pupil premium funding we received for last academic year; and
  • how it made a difference to the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils.

Our Pupil Premium strategy for this academic year, and review of last academic year, is published below: