The Pupil Premium is a sum of money the school receives for each student who is either in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or who has been in receipt of them in the past.
We also receive money to support students from service families and those who are looked after outside of their families. Nationally, the statistics show that students from these groups tend to do less well than their peers in public examinations and so the aim of this money is to try to close that attainment gap.
At Bradley Stoke Community School we view the needs of all students as important and we strive to create the best opportunities and experiences for every single student at the school. In addition to the Pupil Premium grant the school provides financial support for students from lower income families through our Hardship Fund.
See here for the BSCS Primary and Secondary Pupil Premium Statement 2023-2024.
We use the grant on the individual needs of students as they require them, and to fund or part-fund the areas shown below. This list is not exhaustive as the needs of students change over the academic year.
- Educational resources and equipment for students, for example textbooks, revision guides and ICT access
- Additional support with literacy and numeracy
- Increased Teaching Assistant support
- Alternative curriculum provision, such as college courses
- Exam resit costs for individual students to help them improve their grades
- Assistance with the cost of curriculum trips, subject-related activities and other school trips
- Staffing costs for additional academic and well-being support, including an Academic Learning Mentor and Home School Liaison Outreach Worker
- Individual and group mentoring
- Uniform support for individual students
- Support with other opportunities and events to enhance and complement learning, for example music lessons, sports activities, Further and Higher Education ‘taster’ experiences and cultural visits
- An increase in teaching time in English and Maths and a reduction of class sizes.