At Boroughbridge High School, we have Aspiration for All, recognising that safe and happy students are successful. Therefore, our focus for all students is to have high quality teaching and learning within a broad and inclusive curriculum. Students are supported through a robust pastoral system with a personal Form Tutor, Pastoral Manager and, where necessary, a mentor.
Since 2011, the Government have provided additional funding to schools in the form of Pupil Premium. This funding is given for students who are in receipt of Free School Meals, those who have received Free School Meals in the last 6 years and looked-after and previously looked-after children. There is also additional money for children who have a parent who is serving in HM forces or has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence.
Pupil premium students form 22% of the Boroughbridge High School population. (100 PP students within a whole school population of 449).
In 2020 to 2021, Boroughbridge High School is in receipt of £75,555 in total. The Pupil Premium funding helps us to ensure that PP students at Boroughbridge High School make at least similar progress and usually greater progress.
Potential barriers include
- Low self-esteem and limited aspirations
- Ability to access remote learning as part of a blended curriculum when required
Our curriculum is broad and ambitious with students at KS4 having guided choices to support aspiration. Agreed Practice for teaching and learning ensures that the progress of all students is carefully monitored and intervention strategies put in place where expected progress based on aspirational targets is not being made. All teachers know who the Pupil Premium students are in their classes and plan for them to make maximum progress. For Pupil Premium students this may include Teaching Assistant Support within lessons and support with buying resources such as revision guides. Further work is taking place to ensure that remote learning is fully accessible. Trips to enhance the quality of the curriculum are funded or partially funded for students in receipt of Pupil Premium.
Targeted academic support
Our attendance strategy has been developed to reflect our school ethos around building positive relationships with school, parents and students. This involves pastoral input to encourage regular attendance and remove any barriers to this. We also ensure that the curriculum plan is developed to build in support for Pupil Premium students.
Based around positive relationships, our Climate for Learning strategy which encompasses both Behaviour for Learning and Rewards supports students in making positive decisions to maximise learning. Both aspects are monitored regularly with a focus on Pupil Premium students to ensure that this motivates students.
The impact of the strategies will be evaluated at Progress Review points and through the regular evaluation of the School Improvement Priorities.
This has been awarded to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. The premium is set at £80 per student. Boroughbridge High School has been awarded £34,320 catch-up funding for the 2020-2021 academic year with £8,580 being allocated in the Autumn Term.
We have developed a two-fold strategy. Students who would most benefit from have been identified by teaching staff through diagnostic teaching and more formal assessment.
At Key Stage 4 and for Year 9 students, English and Maths specialist teachers are teaching intervention sessions, focusing on key areas to support students in making progress.
At Key Stage 3, students are using Lexia to develop critical reading and language skills through individualised, motivating learning paths.