Pupil Premium and Year 7 Catch-up Funding


Pupil Premium 

Pupil Premium funding was introduced in April 2011 to address the national priority of raising achievement and closing the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their peers.  It is additional funding from the government to address issues of inequality by ensuring that resources to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most.  Pupil Premium is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of students who have been eligible for free school meals at any time in the last 6 years or are children in local authority care (or who have left local authority care, i.e. adoption) or are children whose parents are in the Armed Forces.

**COVID-19 Update**

Due to the changes to educational provision caused by the COVID-19 pandemic the detail in this Pupil Premium strategy has been subject to review since April 2020. Our use of the funding has been adapted to meet students’ needs as they have arisen, whilst maintaining where possible the principles outlined in this document, and in others related to the PPG.

During the pandemic the following key steps have been taken to ensure that ‘disadvantaged’ pupils’ barriers to learning will continue to be overcome wherever possible:

  • Step 1 –Provide KS4 and KS5 pupils with a laptop and internet access if required.
  • Step 2 – Invite targeted students into school for catch up sessions and workshops in English, maths and science.
  • Step 3 – Teach live lessons to all pupils on Microsoft Teams and record these lessons for students to watch later if they are unable to attend.

Future versions of the strategy will reflect the changes that are currently being made.

School leaders with responsibility for administering the PPG have drawn on these helpful publications from the Children’s Commissioner and the Education Endowment Foundation:

They will continue to follow guidance and advice from relevant bodies as it emerges, in consultation with other stakeholders.

Pupil Premium Funding

It is the responsibility of each school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent.  Valentines High School received:

Annual Funding
2019-2020 £205,700
2018-2019 £212,245
2017-2018 £228,140


Pupil Premium Strategy

The school uses this grant to provide a wide range of interventions to support and accelerate the progress of Pupil Premium students.  The impact of each intervention is tracked and reviewed.

To View the Pupil Premium Strategy for 2019 - 2020, please click here

To download the school's 2018 - 2019 Pupil Premium breakdown click here

To download the school's 2017 - 2018 Pupil Premium breakdown click here 


Year 7 Catch Up Funding Review 2018/19


The Year 7 catch-up premium is a fund to support pupils who did not achieve the expected standard (KS2 scaled score of 100) in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

Last year, there were thirty six students below the expected standard in reading and twenty seven students below the expected standard in maths. Sixteen students were below in both. Using the Key Stage 2 Reading, Maths and STAR reader data we ensured students in need received support from at least one of the interventions below.

Valentines High School received £8,591 in 2018-19. This additional funding was used for these strategies.

Valentines High School will receive Catch Up Funding in March 2020. This additional funding will be used for the strategies below, the intended impact is also given.