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Devonport High School for Girls

Pupil Premium September 2017 – August 2018

The Pupil Premium is a sum of money that we are allocated for each child on Free School Meals (FSM) including Ever 6, and each child in a Service family including Ever 6. For the period September 2017 – August 2018 we received £935 per FSM student and £300 per Service student. Our total funding for the Academic year September 2017-August 2018 was £72,268, which includes £2,750 of pupil premium plus funding.


The Department for Education unvalidated data indicates that our disadvantaged students achieved an overall Progress 8 score of +0.54 compared with a score of +0.57 for other students in the cohort. This means that on average, disadvantaged students performed in line with other students in the cohort with both disadvantaged and others achieving over half a grade better than similar students nationally. Of the disadvantaged students, 80% achieved positive Progress 8 scores. Those that achieved a negative score had very particular personal and social issues and received ongoing support from the school. Positive progress scores were achieved by both disadvantaged and other students across all elements - English, mathematics, EBacc and open. Our internal analysis indicates a positive gap when looking at the performance of our service students compared with other students within school and similar students nationally.

Curriculum Support: £3840 in 2017-18  

This included initiating appropriate interventions aimed at students achieving below their target grades and providing small group work extraction with the Learning Support Assistant.  We also provided 1 to 1 additional support and booster sessions for small groups in Mathematics and Chemistry. Most pupil premium students performed in line with the rest of the cohort and above the national cohort. Additional resources were provided to assist individual students with more structured home learning tasks and additional support when preparing and revising for GCSE examinations. Resources were purchased to  support co-operative learning approaches. Additional literacy resources were provided for Modern Foreign Languages and the Library.

Pastoral Support: £51556 in 2017-18 

We have supported our children socially, emotionally and behaviourally through our pastoral system, which comprises 4 Houses with one Tutor Group from each of the 5 Year Groups – years 7-11. Through the intervention of the Heads of House we have liaised with external support agencies and will continue to provide individual counselling for students who have been identified as being in need. We have also provided Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) and priority appointments with Careers South West.  Academic and Pastoral Mentoring programmes have also been established to work with our most vulnerable students.  We have also continued to run our Services children support group.  We continue to operate a cashless catering system which improves the lunchtime experience for pupil premium children as their cards are pre-populated and they can obtain their lunch using the same process as all other students.

Learning Support: £14505 in 2017-18  

We offer additional support for our Pupil Premium Students, several of whom have specific learning needs, via our SENCO and a Learning Support Assistant. We have purchased literacy material to promote and enhance their reading outside of the school environment and computer equipment and additional curriculum text books to assist these students with their studies.  Our Support Advice Guidance & Engagement (SAGE) Co-ordinator continues to work with students across a range of areas to boost self-esteem and confidence, which underpins higher achievement.  We have developed a successful nurture group and students are supported and mentored by members of the Senior Leadership Team, Head of House, SAGECo and SENCO which assisted students to complete their examinations and to raise outcomes in final grades. Training and/or resources were provided to support child protection, mental health and Aspergers.

Enrichment beyond the curriculum: £2367 in 2017-18  

This has included subsidising after school clubs, music tuition, trips and activities, including residentials to Normandy, Cantabria and Bude, and participation in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme at all levels.  There has been a focus here to enhance engagement and enjoyment and thus further success in school and the future. We supported the transition into KS3 by ensuring that year 7 students take part in the team building event at Escot Park which allowed them to participate in a range of activities that helped develop problem solving and teamwork skills and fostered friendships.  We have supported students in a wide range of activities during enrichment week including craft, sporting activities and cooking, as well as visits to Buckfast Abbey, Paignton Zoo and the National Marine Aquarium.