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Pupil Premium

National Guidance

The government allocates additional funding to schools in the form of The Pupil Premium.  The school receives up to £935 per eligible student.



Pupil Premium funding is available for students who meet certain criteria, including: 

  • Children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)
  • Children who have claimed FSM in the past 6 years
  • Children of current Regular Armed Services Personnel
  • Children designated as ‘Looked After’ 


Looked After Children are children in the care of the Council, through a Care Order made by a court or voluntary agreement with their parent(s) to accommodate them. They may be looked after in a children’s home, by foster carers, or other family members. All unaccompanied asylum seeking children are also Looked After Children.  


The Pupil Premium is available to help schools to help diminish the differences between historically lower levels of attainment for key groups of students compared to their peers. The aims of the Pupil Premium grant are to:

  • Address inequalities
  • Tackle disadvantage
  • Reach those pupils who need it most
  • Target pupils from Reception class to Year 11
  • Reduce the attainment gap and enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to top Universities


The Pupil Premium at Chesham Grammar School
Historical Attainment

Year 11 Pupil Premium Achievement: GCSEs in 2016

  • 100% gained 5 or more A*-C grades (including English and Maths)
  • 67% achieved the English Baccalaureate
  • 97% of grades were A*/C
  • 38% of grades were A*/A
  • The percentage of Pupil Premium students making expected progress (3+ levels) in:
    • *English - 100% 
    • Maths - 100% 


Qualifying Students: 2016/17


The number of students qualifying in this period is 34, which resulted in a grant of £31,790.


Our Key Priorities

On a continuous basis we look to address inequalities and tackle disadvantage by focusing on targeted additional support strategies resulting in every student, however financially disadvantaged, being able to:

  • Improve their levels of attainment and progress
  • Close attainment gaps relative to school averages
  • Have full access to our curriculum
  • Have full access to our extra-curricular provision

The school regularly monitors and evaluates the impact on each student. Evaluation does not only focus on academic gains but also on how students’ self-confidence and engagement with the school has developed as a consequence.


Nature of the Support

The Pupil Premium has been spent in creative and practical ways to support these students. These items include:

  • Additional curriculum support including targeted revision sessions, purchase of revision guides and extra resources
  • Targeted equality of opportunity and extra-curricular activities:
    • Removal of barriers to learning through the provision of funds to support, for example: foreign visits/purchase of equipment/uniform/PE kit/assistance with resources
    • The provision of intervention booklets for homework, deadlines and punctuality
  • Support with enrichment and extra-curricular activities which enhance attainment and self-esteem such as:
    • 1-1 sessions with pastoral staff as a one-off or on a regular basis
    • Financial assistance with Exam retakes
    • Regular liaison with parents
    • Support from a Student Development Officer
  • Mentoring provision such as:
    • The provision of specific '1:1' subject (teacher) Mentors
    • Examination revision sessions
  • Additional pastoral support:
    • Use of the school Counselling Service
    • One to one and small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning

Targets: 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

The number of students qualifying in this period is 34 and has resulted in a pupil premium grant of £31,790.  The funds are in addition to the main school budget.

Interventions for each pupil are to be decided on an individual, needs-led basis.  For this academic year, we will continue to tackle disadvantage and address inequalities informed by individual student needs.  Our range of provision will continue to be as last year, with the flexibility to add necessary areas where provision is required:

  • Additional curriculum support
  • Targeted extra-curricular activities
  • Support with enrichment
  • Mentoring provision
  • Additional pastoral support


The total number of targeted pupils, as defined through the January 2015 Census is 34.  The profile of this group is currently:


Year Group Female Male Total
7     TBC
8 2 5 7
9 2 3 5
10 2 3 5
11 6 7 13
TOTALS 12 18 30
  40% 60% 100%


During the 2015/16 Academic year, 20 students qualified for The Pupil Premium and expenditure was as below:


Activity FSM Pupils Spend
Additional curriculum support - Key Stage 4 12 £3,600
Targeted extra-curricular activities - 2 students 3 £300
Support with enrichment - Key Stage 4 3 £1,250
Mentoring provision - all pupils 20 £3,591
Additional pastoral support - all pupils 20 £9,500
Revision Support 2 £30

The next Pupil Premium Strategy meeting will take place in the Autumn Term - 11th October 2018 (TBC)

Page Documents Date  
The Pupil Premium 09th Feb 2017 Download
PUPIL PREMIUM REVIEW 2016 17.pdf 17th Nov 2017 Download
PUPIL PREMIUM ACTION PLAN 2017 18.pdf 17th Nov 2017 Download