The Pupil Premium was introduced in 2011 to provide schools with additional funding for pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point during their time at primary school. The purpose of the Pupil Premium funding was to narrow the gap in attainment between children from low income families and their peers as well as to increase the range of opportunities available to them and improve their life chances.
We are very proud that Wimbledon Chase was identified as being in the top 7% of all London schools in 2012 for the amount of progress that children from disadvantaged backgrounds made. We were selected for membership of the London Schools’ Gold Club by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London for this high achievement (52% of children achieving Level 5+ in English and Maths).
Our Pupil Premium for the last academic year (2015 – 2016) was £87,888.
This money was used to provide 1:1 or 1:3 Tuition for children performing below their expected level, early morning reading and phonics clubs, homework clubs (including support for children with English as an Additional Language), Booster classes, Nurture Groups and targeted support for children with emotional or behavioural problems, specialist dyslexia tuition and financial assistance towards school clubs and trips, including residential visits, after school clubs and breakfast club. We also employed an expert coach teacher to work alongside PP children in the classroom and a drama coach to boost the children’s self confidence and communication skills.
As a result of this extra funding, we have seen a steady improvement over the last 3 years in the value added or progress achieved by our disadvantaged children – we have narrowed the gap between them and other children: 2015 gap 0.7, 2014 gap 1.6, 2013 gap 1.9. Although the gap is still wide regarding children who make “more than expected progress”, this is due to the very high levels that our non-disadvantaged children achieve especially in maths.
Our Pupil Premium for 2016 – 2017 is estimated at £76,820