Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is calculated according to the number of children from low-income families who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) now or at any point in the last 6 years; who have been Looked after Children (LAC); and Service children. As a school, we continually strive to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our students and appropriate provision is in place for those who need it most. This funding enables us to focus on some of our most vulnerable learners, utilising different strategies which promote achievement and develop character. 

All schools are held accountable for how the Pupil Premium has been used and measures are included in the performance tables that capture the achievement of our students.

Overview of eligible students in our school.

The information below outlines the number of students at USH who are eligible

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Whole School
Current Free School Meals 37 37 26 23 11 134
FSM 6* 55 50 40 41 29 215
Looked After Children 0 3 0 1 1 5
Service Children 1 0 0 1 0 2

Different students have different needs regardless of why they are eligible for this funding and we aim to ensure support is created and utilised dependent upon what each student requires to achieve. Based on assessments and evaluations, disadvantaged students at USH face one or more of following barriers:

  1. Low numeracy and/or literacy skills
  2. Low confidence in numeracy and/or literacy
  3. Reduced contact to broad reading materials
  4. Lack of embedded reading routines
  5. Low attendance
  6. Fewer out of school cultural experiences and opportunities
  7. Limited access to additional learning resources
  8. Limited and/or unarticulated personal long-term ambitions
  9. Lack of independent/exam skills
  10. Social and emotional needs

The strategies which address these barriers are:

  1. Maths Whizz and Accelerated Reader programmes
  2. Literacy and Numeracy Strategy
  3. Gold Library Award submission, Drop Everything and Read, Library Lessons, Book Buzz
  4. Whole-school Reading Ethos, PIXL Apps and Word of the Week
  5. Specific enhanced attendance monitoring and tracking, robust-joined up whole-school approach with parents and outside agencies
  6. Subsidised education visits/enrichment, part-funded extra-curricular activities, resources for learning
  7. Equipment and materials for practical subjects, stationery and revision guides
  8. Additional and enhanced mentoring and career advice from Year 7 and through the Personal Learning Journey's curriculum
  9. Rewards and Recognition Strategy (The Peaks), Homework Club, Guided Learning, Elevate Education, Exam preparation workshops for parents
  10. Southampton University Anxiety Reduction Programme, full time pastoral mentor, expert advice and support from Guidance Team, effective Safeguarding Team, Teaching Assistants and use of outside agencies

How we measure the impact of these strategies on students eligible for Pupil Premium

Teaching and Learning

At USH we have an ethos of high achievement for all pupils and emphasize the importance of ‘quality-first teaching’. We aim to provide a consistently high standard, through setting expectations, monitoring performance, and tailoring teaching and support to meet the needs of all students. Through intervention strategies such as Guided Learning, we provide targeted support during curriculum time. Pupils have time allotted during their lessons to respond to feedback and act on their targets. We also have a philosophy based on sharing best practice to ensure the very best practice of our teachers is disseminated to ensure consistency. As Inspectors reflected in our recent Ofsted verbal feedback (Oct 2019) ‘In the main, there is no discernable gap in quality of work in books between disadvantaged and non- disadvantaged pupils’. This has been achieved through: 

  • Quality first teaching with strong monitoring and teaching interventions within subjects. 
  • Effective in-school CPD in 2018/19 which targeted disadvantaged students. Ofsted Report 2019 noted that ‘teachers benefit from useful staff training’.

Results achieved by our students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding for 2018/19 achieved strong outcomes compared to 2017/18 performance and when compared to national outcomes.

2019 Key Stage 4 Results

Progress 8 Attainment 8 % English 9 - 5
% Maths 9 - 5
% Core Match 9 - 5
% EBACC Entry
USH Disadvantaged -0.03 42.2 53.3 43.3 33.3 50 3.89
National Disadvantaged -0.44 36.6 42.1 29.7 24.4 26.9 3.1
National ALL -0.02 49.6 60.5 49.0 43.1 39.6 4.1
Difference between USH and
National DIsadvantaged Figures
0.41 5.6 11.2 13.6 8.9 23.1 0.79
Difference between USH and
National ALL Figures
-0.01 -7.4% -7.2% -5.7% -9.8% +10.4% -0.21%

2018/19 Trends of Improvement for Disadvantaged Students

Progress 8 Attainment 8 % English 9 - 5
% Maths 9 - 5
% Core Match 9 - 5
% EBACC Entry
Gap Closure of USH Disadvantaged
vs National All 2018 vs 2019
+0.53 +4.3 +19.8% +37.7% +31.6% +49.8% +1.62%

The Funding for 2019/20

The school has received funding of £184,270 for students who were eligible in 2019/20. Each year, the school is required to illustrate how this money has been spent and its impact (please see budget attached below).

USH Pupil Premium Allocation
Use of Pupil Premium funding 2019/20
Raising aspirations and building cultural capital £38,000
Attendance and punctuality £15,000
Teaching and Learning £63,000
Behaviours for Learning £69,500

The Strategy for 2019/20


It is the Headteacher’s responsibility to produce termly reports to the Governing Body, highlighting progress and impact. ‘Students eligible for the Pupil Premium’ is a standing item on all agendas.  The Hamwic Trust also complete a yearly review in to the achievement of eligible students.