Pupil Premium – Achievement for all
Presdales School aims to provide an outstanding education that enables all students, regardless of their background and starting point, to achieve and surpass their academic potential.
We are committed to the development of independent minded young women who have active and creative minds. We expect our students to acquire a sense of understanding and compassion for one another and to have courage to act on their beliefs.
We will equip our students with the skills and attributes to empower them to lead happy and successful lives, enabling them to make a meaningful contribution to our global society.
Presdales School vision and values statement
The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students and close the achievement gap between this group of students and their peers.
Schools receive a funding allocation from the government based on the number of students who are:
• Looked-after children (CLA)
• Previously looked-after children
• Children currently eligible to receive Free School Meals (FSM)
• Children eligible to receive Free School Meals in the last six years (Ever6)
• Children of personnel serving in the armed forces
At Presdales we recognise that there are circumstances in life that present some students with additional challenges. We are committed to ensuring no student is disadvantaged by circumstances and to using the Pupil Premium Grant to diminish differences. In this field we use the work of research bodies such as the Education Endowment Foundation, and guidance from the Department for Education and the National College for Teaching & Leadership to direct spending the grant for the best value, and we work with students, teachers and parents to find the best means of supporting the individual. Last year the Head teacher and Assistant Head teacher, Ms Jennings were among leaders from twenty-three Hertfordshire schools taking part in the Great Expectations programme, led by Herts for Learning, to share good practice and promote high aspirations and achievement for disadvantaged students, with a book published of case studies of good practice.
We pride ourselves on knowing our students very well and identifying barriers to learning so that we can tackle and overcome them together. Since September 2018 we have scheduled mentor meetings with each of our students to understand the different barriers individual students are tackling, and develop bespoke supportive measures, to share with class teachers where appropriate, for maximum benefit to our students.
We are committed to quality teaching in the classroom, an appropriate curriculum for all, focused and supportive interventions, enjoyable educational experiences shared by all and aspirations for the future.
In 2019-2020 11% of the 7-11 student population was eligible for the additional funding at Presdales. The school received a Pupil Premium Grant allocation of: £96,555, based on the January 2020 census.
Further information can be found in the Pupil Premium Booklet below.
We are very pleased and proud of the hard work and commitment of our students for their GCSE exams.
2020 results – Disadvantaged student group
Number of students in cohort: 19
Attainment 8: 49.16
Progress 8: +0.28
English and Maths 4+: 74%
English and Maths 5+: 53%
Entered for Ebacc: 63%
Achieved Ebacc with standard pass: 63%
Achieved Ebacc with strong pass: 32%
*Progress 8 scores are from 4Matrix.
The pupil premium strategy review is ongoing but is generally reviewed in the second half of the summer term and then also in light of exam results in the summer.
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