Bishop Challoner

Catholic Secondary School

Pupil Premium

CONGRATULATIONS to our PP class of 2016.  79% of students made 3 levels of progress in English and 86% made 3 levels of progress in Mathematics.

The Pupil Premium is a government initiative designed to target resources on those pupils deemed to be from a disadvantaged background.  Specifically the Pupil Premium money is provided for those pupils who have been on Free School Meals (FSM) at any point over the past six years (Ever 6) or those children who have been looked after for 1 day or more, were adopted on/after December 30th 2005 or left care under a special guardianship order or a residence order. For the year 2015/2016 the Pupil Premium has a value of £935 per eligible pupil.  There is also a similar provision of £300 made for those pupils who have a parent in the armed services (Ever 4).  Neither the government nor any government agencies have dictated how the Pupil Premium money should be spent, but what is clear is that the money should be used to promote strategies, which aim to eradicate the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils.

During an OFSTED inspection it was observed that ‘…the school offers a good range of care, guidance and support for students. Students with acute and complex needs, and those identified as having special educational needs and/or disabilities, are particularly well supported.’ This comment captures the dual philosophies adopted at Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School of The Challoner Way and Walk with Me.


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Strategies for eradicating the gap – a brief overview

Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School is a multi-cultural, VA school with approximately 12% of pupils being eligible for Pupil Premium funding.

No single intervention provides a complete solution to the complex educational issues in any school and it is therefore a multi-faceted approach that we feel offers the best opportunity for pupils to succeed.  The key to eradicating the gap between the highest and lowest achieving students is via the careful monitoring and tracking of pupil attainment and progress and careful reference to the Sutton Trust Toolkit.

At Bishop Challoner this is done via regular Pastoral Council meetings, specified Senior Leadership meetings and through regular data collections covering both academic achievements and attitudes to learning.  This tracking can then inform effective interventions.  Interventions come in a variety of forms but must be specific to the needs of the pupil/group of pupils and not simply generic strategies.  Examples of such strategies at Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School include: the creation of extra English and Maths classes to give smaller class sizes for those pupils in need of closer monitoring / intervention and / or show a poor attitude to learning; 1-2-1 tuition sessions, using Year 11 Student Leaders to help motivate pupils and a staff mentoring scheme where specific pupils are allocated to a key member of staff who oversees their progress both academically and in terms of their attitude to learning.  We also know that for pupils to succeed attendance is critical.  Improving and maintaining attendance has been a fundamental part of improving standards at Bishop Challoner.

Pupil Premium Funding and Spending



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Pupil Premium Allocation


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The Pupil Premium funding is spent in a variety of ways with the direct and explicit aim of eradicating the gap between the highest and lowest achievers.  This included investment in both academic and pastoral initiatives.  A breakdown of the projected expenditure for the year 2015/2016 is shown below.

Improvement Initiative

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Improving Literacy

Accelerated Reader


All Pupil Premium students took part in this scheme across Key Stage 3.  This scheme is designed to improve reading and comprehension as measured by an increase in a pupils’ reading age.

Paired Reading


Paired Reading is a 10 week programme where trained Yr11 students have worked with highlighted students who struggle with literacy/reading.

Extra Literacy Teacher


An additional English teacher has been employed to work with targeted Pupil premium students in both Key Stages for 2 days every week.

Year 11 Intervention Sessions


A series of intervention sessions will be conducted in advance of the summer exams including taking children off timetable to work with the English Department.

Improving Numeracy

Extra Numeracy Teacher


An additional Numeracy teacher has been employed to work with targeted Pupil Premium students in both Key Stages for 1 day every week.


Pastoral and Whole School Support

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Pupil Support (including residential trips)


Money spent supporting pupils with purchasing uniform, equipment, textbooks and other essentials.

Wales Residential


Targeted group of Pupil Premium students taken to Brecon Beacons in summer holidays for teambuilding, resilience and leadership training.

Personal Finance Project


Course for targeted pupils which looks at raising self-esteem and aspirations.

Extra LSA support


Interviews are currently taking place for 2 LSA's who will work exclusively with PP children.