What is Pupil Premium?


The pupil premium is a grant given by the government to schools in England to decrease the attainment gap for the most disadvantaged pupils, whether by income or by family upheaval. For each pupil who is eligible for free school meals, their school receives £1,320 (if a primary school) or £935 (if a secondary school).

In the 2020 to 2021 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:


  1. £1,345 for pupils in reception to year 6
  2. £955 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
  3. Schools will receive £2345 for any pupil identified in the January 2018 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of:
    • Adoption
    • A special guardianship order
    • A child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
    • Who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more
    • Recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)

To view the current strategies in place to promote the progress of disadvantaged pupils look at the link below:

Priorities for the Improvement of Disadvantaged Pupils

Our intent at West Hill is to enrich the lives of all our pupils, no matter their background or prior attainment. To that end, we aim to both raise achievement of all our learners, as well as ensuring that we close the gap between our pupil groups. It is therefore right to ensure most of the needs of disadvantaged pupils are increasingly met through high quality universal provision. Our model to achieve success with these pupils is therefore as follows:

Improve the progress of disadvantaged pupils through high quality teaching and learning.

  • Ensuring the targets that have been set for disadvantaged pupils are aspirational.
  • Ensure that disadvantaged pupils are represented in all sets but in particular the higher sets across all departments.
  • Develop whole school teaching and learning strategies to promote the progress of disadvantaged pupils.
  • Support the pupil premium champions in effectively delivering school wide teaching and learning strategies developed for disadvantaged pupils ensuing that they are used all year.
  • Ensure there is a constant cycle of assessment, feedback and improvement for disadvantaged pupils and that this is planned for in lessons.

Effectively use data based on high quality assessment to identify disadvantaged pupils that a not making the required progress and target these pupils for interventions.

  • Ensure all departments have in place quality assessments that result in accurate data tracking and provide information regarding gaps in knowledge.
  • Use accurate data to target disadvantaged pupils for high quality small group interventions.
  • Monitor the effectiveness and quality of the interventions that disadvantaged pupils receive through QA and data tracking.
  • Monitoring the progress of all disadvantaged pupils in terms of achievement, progress, behaviour and attendance after each data capture.
  • Implement a new mentoring system using data tracking points to promote the academic progress, motivation and positive behaviour of disadvantaged pupils.
  • Share all findings with all relevant parties including trustees and parents.

Improve parental engagement of disadvantaged pupils.

  • Focus on getting difficult to reach parents into school through school pastoral support.
  • Monitor the attendance of disadvantaged pupils and liaise with the inclusion team to ensure parental and pastoral support is in place to improve attendance.
  • Host family support evenings.
  • Use academic mentoring to promote parental engagement.

Ensure all disadvantaged pupils have a wide range of extra-curricular activities available to them to support progress and enrich their education and raise aspirations.

  • Develop an enriching curriculum.
  • Provide a wide range of extracurricular activities for disadvantaged pupils to engage with.
  • Ensure all disadvantaged pupils are supported through pastoral mentoring and career advice are prioritised in the decision making of their extracurricular activities.
  • Provide disadvantaged pupils with the opportunities to visit higher education establishments as well as work experience.
  • Ensure that disadvantaged pupils especially are represented on the student council, peer mentors, prefects, DofE and in any decision making within the school.

Pupils Eligible for Pupil Premium Funding

Year Group

Total Number of Pupils

No of Disadvantaged Pupils

% of year Group
























2020-2021 Pupil Premium Funding Received


Total Funding Allocated     £182,405

(This allocation is based on the 2019 January census))

Each year the board of trustees and senior leadership team with responsibility for the education of disadvantaged pupils eligible for the pupil premium will review the strategies in place. The aim is to support these pupils academically allowing them to achieve the best grades they can and to help them to develop into well rounded young men that are capable of contributing in their community.

Our mission is to ensure that:

  • Pupils develop the knowledge, skills and character to live happy, healthy and successful lives.
  • All are included and work hard to fulfil their potential regardless of background or starting point.
  • Pupils choices are not limited by self-belief, opportunity or circumstance.

This can be achieved at West Hill by providing a happy and disciplined working environment within which every pupil is encouraged to achieve his full academic, social, moral, spiritual and physical potential.

Pupil Premium Statement Documents