Since April 2011 the government has provided schools with additional funding to raise the attainment of students in from low income families in line with that of other students. The indicators used to identify these students are as follows:
- Students eligible for free school meals
- Students who have been eligible for free school meals during the past 6 years
- Looked after children who are in care for more than 6 months
- The children of service personnel.
At St Bernard’s we fully support this government initiative, it is part of our Christian mission to treat each student as an individual and to have particular concern for the poor. In undertaking work as part of our Pupil Premium provision, we hope to make our society more just and to improve the life chances of all our under-privileged students.
Our Pupil Premium Students:
The number of students attracting Pupil Premium funding at St Bernard’s is much smaller than for most other similar-sized schools and as such, meaningful generalisations about the cohort are limited. Whilst we have focused some funding upon providing access to out of hours library and computer access and to careers and enterprise education – our main support is focussed upon the employment of a Coordinator for Pupil Premium students. The Pupil Premium Coordinator gets to know each of the Pupil Premium students – is aware of their progress and is in contact with their parents; she is best placed to focus funding upon individual learning needs and enhancement of life chances. The Pupil Premium Coordinator is effectively a Virtual Head of Year for the cohort of Pupil Premium Students – and is able to draw upon funding and to organise support both inside and outside school. This system was put into place over the last three years and has proved effective in ensuring that outcomes for our Pupil Premium Students are comparable to all students at the school (See progress data below). The school intends to measure the impact of this Pupil Premium strategy by monitoring progress at six points during the academic year (as it does for all students) and then reporting on the progress made over each key stage as part of this report (see progress data below). This strategy is at the Governors' Leadership Meeting on an annual basis.
Details of how the School spent Pupil Premium money in 2018-19 and its plan for spending Pupil Premium money in 2019-20 can be found in the Pupil Premium link below.