Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is additional funding that is provided to schools from the government. The pupil premium is used to support students who have at any point during the last 6 years received free school meals, been adopted from care or been a child to parents in the services within the last 5 years. Boston Spa School’s extra annual funding is used to improve outcomes for these students as well as ensuring they benefit from enhanced pastoral support.

  • Boston Spa School has received £190,000 of pupil premium funding for the academic year 2016/2017.
  • 149 (16.6%) of the school’s students are currently eligible for pupil premium.


Performance Review of Pupil Premium Students

Pupil Premium KS4 Outcomes:

Number of pupil premium students405151
5 A*C55%37.25%52.94%
5 A*CEM45%25.49%45.10%
5 A*G82.50%88.24%92.16%
5 A*GEM82.50%82.54%92.16%
ATTAINMENT 84.343.424.32
PROGRESS 8-0.26-0.86-0.62
A* C50%35.29%58.82%
A* C (1 Science)89.74%33.33%54.90%
A* C (2 Sciences)87.50%27.45%31.37%
A* C (3 Sciences)40%3.92%19.61%

After a strong year in 2014, outcomes for pupil premium students dipped in 2015. The school improved results for pupil premium students in every key performance measure in 2016.


Diminishing the Difference

The difference in the achievement in 5A*CEM of pupil premium students compared to non-pupil premium students narrowed from 34% in 2013 to 19% in 2014. However, in 2015 the difference increased to 40%, with only 29% of the cohort achieving A*C in either English or mathematics, not both. In 2016 and following the strategies put in place following the previous year’s increase, this difference narrowed again to 30%.

The in-school difference for pupil premium compared to non-pupil premium making expected progress in English narrowed from 19% in 2013 to 17% in 2014 but grew to 35% in 2015. This again narrowed to 25% in 2016.

The same difference in Mathematics narrowed from 45% to 20% in 2014 but grew to 30% in 2015. This reduced to 24% in 2016

In all other key performance measures, the difference narrowed in 2016.

 Difference reduction 2015-2016
5 A*C14.94%
5 A*CEM9.95%
5 A*G4.30%
5 A*GEM8.30%
A* C14.06%
A* C (1 Science)16.45%
A* C (2 Sciences)0.51%
A* C (3 Sciences)2.24%

Strategies Review

The achievement, progress and welfare of pupil premium students has been and will continue to be a key priority for all staff at Boston Spa School. Teachers strategically place pupil premium students in the classroom to ensure quality first teaching and early support wherever necessary. All staff are aware of which pupils are eligible for pupil premium and after whole staff meetings building individual profiles of these students, ensure these strategies agreed are implemented in the classroom. The school adopted PIXL methodology in 2014 with a key focus being the improvement of pupil premium outcomes.

Small group intervention is prevalent across all year groups specifically tailored towards pupil premium students. Core subjects use AL and PE/Box intervention to deliver the PIXL approach of diagnosis, therapy and testing alongside existing timetabled lessons.

Pastoral support for pupil premium has been a key area in which the school has invested. Each pupil premium student has a senior school leader as a mentor and individual progress for each student is discussed during weekly meetings involving 4 members of the senior leadership team including the Head teacher, all 8 curriculum leaders and house leaders. Team leaders for each key stage are in regular communication with parents/carers of these students, whilst the school employs a specialist child protection officer, responsible for the welfare and social development of these students.

The improvement in attendance of pupil premium students continues to be a key aim for the school and this message has been consistently driven through the ‘Attendance Matters’ agenda during tutor time and assemblies. The school has also subsidised attendance reward events and initiatives. The current attendance figures for pupil premium students is 91%, a figure which the school is committed to increasing.

The improved outcomes for pupil premium students in 2015/2016 and the diminished difference between outcomes of pupil premium and non-pupil premium students indicate that the strategies employed by the school have made a positive impact. These strategies are therefore on-going in order to further improve outcomes for pupil premium students. The school has developed its mentor system, individual student profiling and pupil premium raising standards meetings in the current academic year in order to maintain and build on last year’s successes.


A summary of expenditure is shown below.

SLT and curriculum leader support clubs£11,835.00
Whole staff pupil premium CPD£38,385.00
PP Raising Standards meetings£10,488.00
Pupil premium mentoring£6,372.00
Teaching and learning£21,060.00
Extra staffing£78,395.00

Further information on the school’s support strategies for pupil premium students in the current academic year is available via Boston Spa School’s Pupil Premium Statement

Year 7 Catch Up Premium

Students entering school below age expected progress in Year 7 benefit from a range of intervention sessions. The majority of students are in a small class with Learning Support Assistant help in targeted lessons. Their literacy and numeracy skills are targeted in weekly sessions led by the SENCO and HLTA using literacy games and computer activities targeting key spelling rules, comprehension activities, grammar and punctuation and in numeracy, number bonds, money, time, symmetry and halving and doubling. In addition, some of these students receive more intensive support for specific literacy and numeracy needs on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis.

A group of 6th form students, led by our Learning Support Assistant, deliver a graduated reading scheme designed to boost fluency, develop comprehension skills and recap key spellings.