2 St Georges Road Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4AH

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Mr C Coyle-Chislett

Penpol School

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Pupil Premium Funding at Penpol School



The Purpose of Pupil Premium


The Government believes that Pupil Premium funding - which is additional to the main school funding - is the best way to address inequalities between children from disadvantaged backgrounds or with parents serving in the armed forces and those children who do not fall into either of these categories. Pupil Premium Funding is used to tackle inequalities in order to reach the pupils who need it most.


The money is given to schools to support them in enabling all pupils to reach or exceed the nationally expected level for their age.  Each school may decide how best to use the funding and they are held accountable for how it has been used to support pupils from low income families.



Overcoming the Barrier’s To Learning


According to guidance from the Department for Education, schools can respond to the complexity of disadvantaged pupils’ needs by tackling the challenge at three levels:


  • A whole-school approach promoting learning which sets high aspirations for all pupils
  • Strategies to identify and support under-performing pupils (not just low attainers)
  • Strategies specifically targeted at supporting pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.



Monitoring Impact


At Penpol School, we have a designated team that take responsibility for ensuring that our pupils are supported in order to achieve their potential. We use our tracking system, Mappix, to monitor the impact of the interventions and opportunities that we put in place using Pupil Premium funding.


We review the data and liaise with teaching staff and pupils to get a strong sense of the value of the activities or resources that we are putting in place. From Phonics streaming to Adventure Days, we are always looking to further the learning and life experience of all pupils, including those from a disadvantaged background.



Eligibility and Rates


Schools are currently given Pupil Premium funding of £1,320 per pupil for those whose families who have registered for Free School Meals at any point in the last 6 years. The children of members of the armed forces are also entitled to funding of £300. Schools also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has been looked after by a local authority or any pupil that has been adopted from care or has left care under a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangements order.


We recognise that barriers to achievement take a variety of forms and will do whatever it takes to support a child, both in and out of the classroom.  We use all our resources to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to become an empowered learner.  In order to achieve this, we offer our children a wide range of opportunities and ensure that these are accessible for everyone.



Combating Stigma


Some parents may be concerned that there is a stigma attached to being seen as a family of low income.  At Penpol School, we respect the confidentially of all matters regarding income and Pupil Premium eligibility and we would strongly encourage parents to talk to our wonderful office staff who will be able to answer any questions about how to apply.


Every successful application results in the school securing the funding outline above, the purpose of which is to enable all our pupils to reach their full potential. We work closely with families and colleagues to make sure that everyone involved with our eligible pupils has high expectations and encourages aspiration on the part of the children.


Please pop in to see us if you feel you may be eligible.

Or call: 01736 753472