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Fullhurst Community College

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. We were very proud to have been announced as secondary regional champion at the Pupil Premium Awards 2017 at a prestigious ceremony at the House of Commons. The award recognises the college's success in raising aspirations and ensuring disadvantaged students can fulfil their full potential. 

How much is the Pupil Premium? 
For the 2017-18 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 under 50% of students  at Fullhurst Community College are classified as disadvantaged, and are therefore eligible for the Pupil Premium. This means that the school is provisionally set to receive Pupil Premium funding for 510 students for the 2017-18 academic year. This equates to £496,485 for the 2017-18 academic year.

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 KS3 KS4 Whole college
Number DD students 151 89 96 87 87 240 270 510
Total number of students 300 195 180 180 180 495 540 1035
%DD 50.3 45.6 53.3 48.3 48.3 48.5 50.0 49.3

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.

Our previous success with the use of the Pupil Premium resulted in Fullhurst Community College being named the Secondary Regional Champions for 2016-17 in the National Pupil Premium Awards. 

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The 2017 GCSE results showed that provisionally the progress gap between disadvantged students and other students remained fairly static at just under half a grade (Progress 8 gap of 0.45 in 2017 relative to 0.35 in 2016).  This coincides with a Progress 8 score for our disadvanatged students being 0.41.  This means that the disadvantaged students at Fullhurst achieve roughly a third of a grade more progress per subject than students of a similar ability in other schools nationally.

2017 GCSE results also showed that the attainment gap between the percentage of disadvantaged students that achieved grades 9-4 in both English and Maths (known as the "Basics" measure) and other students was 18.6%.  This is in line with the A*-C gap for the Basics in 2016. 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.

Outcomes of disadvantaged students on new performance measures






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. Furthermore, one of our Senior Leaders is now a trained Pupil Premium Reviewer also. 

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 (September 2017) will provide challenge to our strategy.

Fullhurst Community College

Fullhurst Community College
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