Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is paid by means of a specific grant for any students who have been registered as eligible for Free School Meals within the last six years or those who are looked after (LAC) or previously looked after (PLAC) by the Local Authority. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This group of students is currently referred to as “disadvantaged students (DS).” The grant is not ring-fenced. The grant is able to be spent at the school’s discretion with the aim being to improve outcomes for students subject to Pupil Premium and to narrow the gap between Pupil Premium students and their non PP peers.

Our priority

We are committed to closing the gap between students deemed disadvantaged and their peers. We recognise that there is no such thing as a typical disadvantaged child and many have very supportive backgrounds and high ambitions.

Evidence of Impact

Due to Covid 19 Pandemic and the cancellation of exams it is not possible to compare our disadvantaged students' progress to their peers nationally using the usual progress 8 Measure.

Our disadvantaged Year 11 cohort for 2019-20 consisted of 28 students (18 male and 10 female). 61% achieved a level 4 in English Language and 89% achieved a level 4 in Maths. 61% achieved both a level 4 in English and Maths. 50% achieved a level 5 or above in English and 64% achieved a level 5 or above in Maths. All students received fair and accurate grades that supported them in the next phase of their education.

43% of students were considered to have below 94% attendance and regarded as PA (55%) in 2019).

We are very proud of our students and are delighted that more students this year continued to stay on at Sponne 6th form. 

Pupil Premium Spending 2019-20 

Budget £92,565 

Academic Support £50,975 

Pastoral Support £15,877 

Wider Curriculum Support £16,713 

Enhancement £9,000 

Plans for 2020-21

Total Number of students


Pupil Premium Allocation


Proportion of disadvantaged pupils


Pupil Premium Lead

Kelly Notley


Emma Harris


Karen Noy

Review Date

Feb 2021

We use an evidence based approach to what works with DS students based on research conducted by the EEF. We focus on the individual needs of the child and the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom as “nothing matters more than a (good) teacher.” (Collins, June 2016.)

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Year 9


Year 10


Year 11


Key focus

Raising the attainment of our DS students in Maths, English and Science ensuring more students get level 4s and 5s or above.

  • All teachers have access to continuing CPD which focuses on Sponne’s key priorities for effective teaching and learning.
  • FPCs are in place in the core subjects to enhance learning and provide targeted support in and out of the classroom. 
  • All Pupil Premium students are provided with learning resources including revision guides and revision cards to extend learning.
  • In KS3 the Accelerated Reader scheme provides personalised goals, monitors progress and  tracks students’ mastery of reading skills.

Implement strategies post lockdown and in the event of any school closures so that our DS students are not unfairly disadvantaged and still have access to the opportunities open to them.

  • Provide students with the necessary resources including access to IT and give students opportunities to complete and catch up on work in line with their peers.
  • Allocate students with a key member of staff to work closely with to support their wellbeing and their transition back to school including the implementation of the recovery curriculum.
  • To support students with additional learning needs as highlighted by PLLs and APLLs.

Bespoke pastoral support that focuses on significant non-academic barriers to success in school including  behaviour, attendance and the social and emotional wellbeing of the child to maximise their success.

  • Through an extensive pastoral support system there are a number of experienced members of staff who work closely with parents and students to support our students every step of their academic journey at Sponne. These include staff in the House Team, the Parent Support Advisor, the Pastoral Support Coordinator, the Learning Mentor and the Assistant Progress Learning Leaders (APLL).
  • We work alongside a range of outside agencies to form a collegiate approach to supporting students.
  • Attendance and Behaviour are carefully tracked and monitored and if required support is put in place.
  • Track students emerging needs and the impact of these as they move through Years 7-11.

Contact Us

Sponne School

Brackley Road
NN12 6DJ

Telephone: 01327 350284