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    Pupil Premium

    The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school / college ordinarily receives. This funding is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to address the social inequality that exists between these students and their less deprived peers.

    How much is the Pupil Premium? 

    For the 2016-17 academic year, the premium will be worth £935 per student. This premium is allocated for each student who is in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM), students in care, looked after students and any students who have been in receipt of FSM in the past six years (known as Ever6).

    How many students at Fullhurst Community College are eligible for the Pupil Premium?

    As it stands, just over 50% of students  at Fullhurst Community College are classified as disadvantaged, and are therefore eligible for the Pupil Premium. This means that the school has received Pupil Premium funding for 450 students for the 2016-17 academic year. This equates to £420,750 for the 2016-17 academic year.

    How does Fullhurst Community College spend Pupil Premium funding?

    Leaders at a school are held to account for how they go about spending their Pupil Premium funding and it is necessary for each school to ensure that they monitor and evaluate the impact of each of the ways in which they decide to spend the money. At Fullhurst Community College, we rigorously ensure that the Pupil Premium is used to “transform lives” and allows every student to achieve.

    The intention is to increase the attainment and progress made by our students eligible for the Pupil Premium, and therefore overtime continue to rapidly narrow in college gaps that exists between this group of students and their peers. In addition, we aim to continue to close the gap between the achievement of our disadvantaged students and the national achievement standards of all students. The strategy at Fullhurst is based on the principal of ‘equity and excellence’, equal opportunity for all students to strive to meet their potential.

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    The 2016 GCSE results showed that the progress gap between disadvantged students and other students almost halved, to just one third of a grade (Progress 8 gap of 0.33 in 2016 relative to 0.51 in 2015). This coincides with a Progress 8 score for our disadvanatged students being 0.35. This means that the disadvantaged students at Fullhurst achieve over a third of a grade higher per subject than students of a similar ability in other schools nationally.

    2016 GCSE results also showed that the attainment gap between the percentage of disadvantaged students that achieved A*-C in both English and Maths (known as the "Basics" measure) and other students, widened slightly to 17% (the 2015 gap was 10%). Indications from the tracking of plans that have been put into place for the Pupil Premium funding are that this gap will narrow over the coming years.

    The 2016 GCSE results show that 51% of disadvantaged students at Fullhurst achieved A*-C in both English and Maths. This is above the national level for disadvantaged students, which was 37%, and an improvement of 2% on our 2015 results.

    Furthermore, 2016 results show that GCSE progress and attainment measures for both English and Maths for our disadvantaged students are all above the national level.

    Outcomes of disadvantaged students nationally compared to disadvantaged students at Fullhurst Community College


    2014 (%)

    2014 (%)

     2015 (%)

    Fullhurst  2016 (%)  






    English A*-C










    Maths A*-C





    A*-C  Basics measure




    * denotes 2013 national for disadvantaged pupils
    *denotes 2015 national for disadvantaged pupils
    (LOP - Levels of Progress)

    New performance measures for Designated Disadvantaged (DD) only





    Fullhurst  2016

    Progress 8





    Attainment 8





    Pupil Premium Review April 2015

    It was clear from my visit that the progress of its disadvantaged students is a key priority for the school. The Senior Leadership Team is extremely committed to ensuring that its disadvantaged pupils receive quality-first teaching across all subjects supported by effective interventions and access to as wide a range of opportunities as possible. The school has an extremely good awareness of its students and their specific needs and has implemented an impressive range of interventions to target Maths and English skills in particular and to widen opportunity accordingly. These interventions are monitored very effectively, enabling the school to anticipate where they may need to intervene to have further impact on pupil learning. This work has already seen gaps close rapidly. The focus on high quality first teaching is reducing the need for additional interventions and indicates the sustainability of ongoing improvements in the outcomes of those pupils eligible for Pupil Premium. David Deacon Executive Summary

    In April 2015, we welcomed David Deacon into the college to conduct a review of how we are spending the Pupil Premium funding. David Deacon is an accredited and independent reviewer from Ashmount School in Loughborough, who themselves won the National Pupil Premium Award in 2014. The purpose of a review is to evaluate the good work that has taken place already and to continue to explore ways in which we can improve our strategy for raising the achievement of disadvantaged pupils. A link for the full review is available at the bottom of this section.

    We have since had a half a day follow-up review from David Deacon in September 2015, and a short overview of his findings can be found in a letter at the bottom of this section also. We intend to continue to work with David and other like minded partners in the future to further improve the achievement of our disadvantaged pupils.

    Next review

    The Governors intend to commission the next external Pupil Premium Review in the 2017-18 academic year. In the meantime, the Pupil Premium strategy will continued to be quality assured and challenged by the named Pupil Premium linked Governor. In addition, the upcoming Challenge Partners Review (February 2017) will provide challenge, as will ongoing input from the Principal, who is a trained Pupil Premium Reviewer.

    1. Fullhurst Community College Pupil Premium Review - April 2015
    2. Fullhurst Community College Pupil Premium Review follow-up visit - September 2015
    3. Fullhurst Community College Pupil Premium Strategy, 2016-17

    Fullhurst Community College

    Fullhurst Community College
    Imperial Avenue
    LE3 1AH

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    fax: 0116 282 5781
    email: office@fullhurst.leicester.sch.uk

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