What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is the additional funding that schools receive to support groups of pupils who may be vulnerable to underachievement for a number of reasons.  The pupils who are eligible for this funding are:

  • Pupils who receive free school meals (or have at some point during the last 6 years);
  • Children who are looked after by the local authority;
  • Previously looked after children (adopted children);
  • Children of armed service personnel.

The funding is provided to schools to use in a variety of ways to raise attainment of ‘disadvantaged pupils’.    At Valley Gardens, we have a small cohort of pupil premium pupils. In deciding how to spend our pupil premium grant we use the best research evidence available from organisations such as the Sutton Trust, The Rowntree foundation and Ofsted,  to help us to create individual plans for each of our pupil premium learners.

It is important to note that the pupil premium and the recover premium  for this year are not ring fenced funding for individual pupils and it is for the school to decide how best to use the collective money to raise the achievement of eligible pupils. At Valley Gardens Middle, we consult with the young people concerned to establish what actions would best help their progress. At Valley Gardens, our current pupil premium strategy is weighted towards Key Stage 2 to enable pupils to achieve as highly as possible by the end of Keys stage 2 so that they are secondary ready.

If your child is one of our PP children and you would like to find out more about what we offer, or discuss what we can provide, please either contact the school office on  0191 917 6667 or email Lynn Kerr, who is our Assistant Headteacher and Pupil Premium lead ([email protected]).

If you think your child may be eligible for the pupil premium but is not currently receiving it, or that they may be eligible for free school meals, please contact the school office, who will be happy to help.

Pupil Premium at Valley Gardens Middle School

We believe that irrespective of background, all children are entitled to high quality teaching in a nurturing environment, which is intellectually stimulating and challenging.  We aim to raise the confidence, ambition and attainment of our Pupil Premium children, making sure they fulfill their potential in their academic subjects and that they join in every aspect of the wider life of the school.

Pupil Premium Numbers in Valley Gardens Middle School

2022-23 PP Students % in Year Group
Year 5 12 pupils 6%
Year 6 16 pupils 8%
Year 7 15 pupils 8%
Year 8 12 pupils 6%
School 55 pupils 7%

Developments for 2022-23

We will be working throughout the year to continue to develop and extend our support for our PP pupils,  to fill any learning gaps and further the cultural, social, emotional and academic development of our pupils in the following ways:

Streamlined monitoring of our PP pupils to enables us to identify any areas where we may be able to support.  This could be in small group academic sessions, or at times through extra-curricular or enrichment provision.  These are all areas where we intend to extend our provision through the year.

We work closely in conjunction with subject leaders and use a variety of diagnostic assessments to allow us to identify specific learning gaps and so create bespoke and personalised support.

A further enhanced focus on reading  through the implementation of Accelerated Reader, use of Reciprocal Reading in KS3 support sessions, library lessons in English, extended library opening hours, reading groups and reading records.

Improved transition projects with cluster schools to make sure progress is maintained for Year 8 and Year 5 pupils.

Increased career guidance through the use of Unifrog and a specific careers focus in the curriculum and within PBL.  This will include an increase in the number of outside visitors who come into lessons to discuss career choices.

Extended Arts involvement through the development of specific music groups and possible funding of some music experiences.  Additional Art and Writing groups are also being explored.

Below is our spending plan and strategy for raising the attainment and progress of our pupil premium pupils in the academic year 2022/23

2022-2023 Pupil Premium Strategy Statement

Pupil Premium Strategy Review 2021-2022

The documents below show information about the school’s use of the pupil premium in 2020/21/22 and the impact it has had:

2021-2022 Pupil Premium Strategy Statement

2020-2021 Pupil premium impact review

Link to Pupil Premium archive