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Pupil Premium Strategy

Pupil Premium Strategy

Hornsey School for Girls is a school that is ambitious for all students, across all economic boundaries, and ability ranges. We recognise that some students need greater amounts of challenge and support to realise their potential.

Background to Pupil Premium Funding

The Pupil Premium is extra funding given to schools to support students identified as disadvantaged. Research shows that pupils disadvantaged backgrounds tend to underachieve compared to their non-disadvantaged peers. The Pupil Premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to realise their potential. 

Our Approach

We utilise this money to ensure that disadvantaged students have access and benefits to the same experiences and cultural capital as non-disadvantaged students.

At Hornsey School for Girls, our Pupil Premium money is carefully managed to ensure that it has been spent to give maximum benefit to our students. This includes

• Funding posts that support this key group with personalised strategy and care

• Reviewing impact of interventions, expanding these where we have seen strong impact

• Making sure there is at least good teaching on a day to day basis for all our students, and supporting this with targeted CPD provision

• Making use of research when introducing or developing interventions for the students in our care

  • Ensuring that spending is directly linked to targetting gaps in attainment 

All staff are aware of Pupil Premium students and this is clear on all databases related to students as this are clearly marked. Heads of department are accountable for reducing any attainment gaps in their teams and this is addressed through work scrutiny, line management, dept meetings and monitoring at all levels

In 2021/22, 318 students are eligible for Pupil Premium funding, totalling £303,690

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Money is used to benefit all Pupil Premium children and supports higher as well as lower ability children by extending provision on offer.

We revise our assessment and monitoring systems to support improvement in the quality of teaching and interventions in order to impact on these students the most.

Since the Pupil Premium funding was introduced we have seen a marked improvement in outcomes for our children. We are not complacent about this group of students, but continue in our drive for pupils to do even better by tackling any within school variance, developing the roles of middle leaders and looking for ways to increase learning time.

It is the responsibility of each school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. Hornsey School for Girls has received the following: 

  • £303,690 for 2021-2022 (September 2020 to August 2021) 
  • £289,365 for 2019-2020 (September 2019 to August 2020) 
  • £293,818 for 2018-2019 (September 2018 to August 2019)
  • £306,643 for 2017-2018 (September 2017 to August 2018)
  • £319,500 for 2016-2017 (September 2016 to August 2017)
  • £351,093 for 2015-2016 (September 2015 to August 2016)

Objectives of Pupil Premium spending

Our use of the pupil premium seeks to remove common areas which may include one or many of the following:

  • less access to literacy resources and less support to develop these
  • less support at home
  • weak language and communication skills
  • lack of confidence
  • more frequent behaviour difficulties
  • attendance and punctuality issues
  • more challenges to maintain positive wellbeing
  • higher risk of unhealthy relationships or dependency
  • complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing
  • Provision of digital equipment or internet access 

Individual barriers are varied and we do not subscribe to a "one size fits all". Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium funding is to narrow any gap between groups.

The Pupil Premium strategy will be reviewed in annually per cohort and holisitcally at the end of 3 years 

Use of the Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium funding is designed to ensure that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches those pupils who need it most. Funding is allocated for Years 7 – 11 who are eligible for free school meals, who meet the criteria as a Child Looked After or whose parents are currently in the armed forces. 
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit and are required to publish on-line information about how this funding is used. This ensures that parents and others are fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive. School effectiveness in the use of Pupil Premium will also be evidenced in performance tables and Ofsted inspections.

Performance tables can be viewed at The Department for Education's School Performance Website.

The Department for Education's School Performance Website


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