Principles

At The Folkestone School for Girls all members of staff and all governors have responsibility for all students regardless of background. They are committed to meeting student’s pastoral, social and academic needs and to ensuring that all students reach their potential.  In recent years national agendas have focused on ‘narrowing the gap’ or ‘closing the gap’. At the Folkestone School for Girls we are not only interested in narrowing, or closing, academic gaps but also in ‘filling gaps’ for our disadvantaged students – creating memories, opportunities and experiences they can talk about in later life. Through our bespoke programme for personal development and character education, The FSGBacc, all girls can access opportunities such as the Prince of William Award, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Combined Cadet Force (CCF), Young Enterprise, the list goes on  – as well as a plethora of trips abroad and museum, theatre and gallery visits relevant to the curriculum and, of course, our outstanding onsite facilities – mountain biking, climbing wall, archery, school radio station……

Pupil Premium Grant

The government allocates specific additional funding via the Pupil Premium Grant to support and improve the achievement of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and to address the current underlying inequalities which exist, nationally, between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers. 

Pupil Premium Definition

Pupil Premium pupils are Y7 - Y11 pupils who are either SCPP (Service Child Pupil Premium) pupils, DPP (Deprivation Pupil Premium) pupils or AFCPP (Adopted From Care Pupil Premium). Pupil Premium does not apply to Sixth Form pupils.

SCPP pupils have been identified by the DfE as being Service Children sometime in the past 4 years (Service ever 4).

DPP pupils have been eligible to FSMs (Free School Meals) sometime in the past 6 years (FSM ever 6). 

AFCPP pupils are identified by the school having been informed by parents.

All applications for FSM Pupil Premium need to be conducted via the allocated online procedure via the link below

http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals

This document outlines how The Folkestone School for Girls allocated the Pupil Premium Grant monies awarded in 2017/18 to help to reduce the differences in outcomes which currently exist between disadvantaged students and their peers nationally.

As the academic year 2017/18 began, 137 students (12%) were eligible for the pupil premium.

Total Expenditure
Number of Students
Pupil Premium Award per pupil
Total Funding
Deprivation Pupil Premium
101
£935
£94,435
Service Child Premium
36
£300
£10,800
Total
    £113,110

Total monies recieved for academic year 2017/18 was £97,949

Rationale - how the money was spent

Expenditure focused largely on provision of additional staffing and resources to support learning. This is most notable in Year 11 Mathematics and English groups where additional staffing facilitates smaller class sizes (typically around 22 students per class as opposed to 30 in a normal group). Individually there are also small group/1:1 subject specific tutorials in English & Mathematics particularly and small group withdrawals in other subjects when staffing permits. 1:1 mentoring to support study skills, revision and organisation was also provided to specific students. More generally pupil premium funding affords us the opportunity to expand the capacity amongst our pastoral care and wellbeing teams to support students with some of the external factors which can so often negatively influence their attendance to school and the academic progress they make. Whilst some of these external factors are difficult to negate, actions and support put in place aim to diminish these. 

Textbook resources, revision guides and software packages were also provided. Some students were also provided with laptops to allow them to access these resources whilst at home. Expenditure was also allocated to enrich the curriculum, supporting students with the costs of extra-curricular trips or peripatetic music lessons or to help with transport/uniform costs.

Students eligible for the pupil premium do not, of course, all share the same needs. So whilst for some students targeted and personalised support or intervention may be necessary, this is not always the case. Pupil premium funding therefore need not always be spent on direct interventions for named students. Instead it may be spent on staffing and/or systems which improve outcomes for all students, including those eligible for the pupil premium.

As a school then we continue to invest in staffing and systems which;

• secure a whole school ethos of attainment for all

• address incidences of poorer behaviour and attendance

• deliver high quality teaching for all

• meet individual learning needs

Our actions as a school, and as individual staff, are information driven and respond to evidence. We deploy staff and resources to deliver the best possible outcomes for all students. Our leadership team, and indeed all staff, share the highest aspirations and expectations for all students in our care and year on year deliver demonstrably outstanding academic results for all students including those eligible for the pupil premium.

 

Evaluation of Impact Statement

In Summer 2018, 92% of students eligible for the pupil premium achieved the Level 2 threshold of 5A* - C incl English and Mathematics @ grade 4+ compared to a figure of around 36% nationally.  

The Folkestone School for Girls Progress 8 score for disadvantaged students for Summer 2017 was 0.24 and preliminary data for Summer 2018 suggests a Progress 8 score around 0.6 (compared to a national figure of -0.32 for disadvantaged students nationally in 2016 - latest national data available). In fact for the last three years the progress of disadvantaged students at FSG has been consistently been in the top quintile (top 20%) of all schools across the country. Demonstrably disadvantaged students make excellent progress at FSG.

For 2018/19 we envisage continuing to invest the vast majority of pupil premium funding in our staffing and systems which have, so effectively, ensured the achievement of all students. We will continue to work with all students collectively but also to look to address individual barriers to learning for individual students – be this in the provision of subject specific interventions in school, provision of private tuition out of school or the provision of pastoral support for individual students.

However, in line with our whole school commitment to personal development & character education through our new FSGBacc programme, this year we want to explore increasing targeted expenditure on the individual. We believe that aspiration raising events and opportunities could be the key to closing the gap. Hence we will explore provision of ‘red letter day’ tailor made opportunities to seek to raise such aspirations.

How the pupil premium grant was spent in 2017 - 2018

 

 Curriculum Support 

 Item
 Cost

Addn Staff – Maths & English + Other subject specific interventions

(Surplus staffing used to support targeted students and groups)

£78,807.74
Provision of Revision Guides  £2103.95
Provision of Educational Materials £102.92
1:1 tuition £1150

Subject specific software packages to support OOSH (Learning Gateway)

(Hegarty Maths, Pixl Apps, Kerboodle etc) (12% of costs)

 £665.13

 

 Hardship 

 Item
 Cost

Support with uniform/other costs

 £27.10

 

Enrichment 

 Item
 Cost

Contribution to extra curriculum trips/visits

£1033.50

Music tuition and examinations

£6433.50

 

 Advice & Guidance 

 Item
 Cost
 SDLs & External Counselling (12% of costs)  £7625.16

 

Total Expenditure

 Total
£97,949

Contact

The Folkestone School for Girls

Coolinge Lane

Folkestone, Kent

CT20 3RB United Kingdom

 

Tel: +44 (0) 1303 251125