• "Students find learning tasks stimulating and engaging. As a result, they make good progress over time." -OFSTED 2014
Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It is allocated to children from low income families who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continually for more than six months. It is paid by means of a specific grant for pupils registered as eligible for free school meals in reception to Year 11. Children Looked After also receive a premium as do the children of service personnel. The premium is aimed at closing the achievement gap (attainment and progress) of children from low income families by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.

The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it will be used by Hertswood Academy to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible and their peers. Hertswood’s Pupil Premium Policy can be found here.


  1. The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils. 
  2. The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers. 
  3. As far as its powers allow the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others. 
  4. We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives. 

The tables below provides information about the Pupil Premium funding that Hertswood has received.

Year Students PP Eligible Students % PP Eligible Students Pupil Premium Funding
2012-13 1152 406 35 £243,600
2013-14 1156 402 34.8 £361,800
2014-15 1146 399 34.8 £373,065
2015-16 1038 381 36.7 £356,235
2016-17 1048 399 38.1 £373,065


  Achieving Expected Progress (%)
  English Maths
2012 Non FSM 55 65
FSM 38 38
Gap -17 -27
2013 Non FSM 71 58
FSM 51 30
Gap -20 -28
2014 Non FSM 74 67
FSM 59 44
Gap -15 -23
2015 Non FSM 76 81
FSM 65 60
Gap -11 -21
2016 Non FSM 89 86
FSM 72 70
Gap -17 -16


  5 A*-C Inc Eng Maths (%) 5 A*-G
2012 Non FSM 42 98*
FSM 23 85*
Gap -19 -13*
2013 Non FSM 52 98*
FSM 33 86*
Gap -19 -12*
2014 Non FSM 56 94
FSM 43 84
Gap -13 -10
2015 Non FSM 67 97
FSM 50 94
Gap -17 -3
2016 Non FSM 71 98
FSM 51 90
Gap -20 -8

* Adjusted according to Raise


Use of the Deprivation Pupil Premium 2015-16


Use of the funding Costs
Alternative Provision £56,807
Curriculum Resources £47,747
1-1 Tuition (KS3 and 4) £9,551
Staffing support for Pupil Premium £180,000
Attendance £5,250
Breakfast club and Homework club £5,546
Careers advice and guidance £36,623
Empowerment coaching and counselling £29,385
Inclusion and small group therapy £11,580
Learning Impact Projects £3,600
Vivo rewards £4,000
Revision materials and sessions £6,924
Travel £0
Trips £6,557
Family Support Worker £8,276
Uniform Support £6,098
Total expenditure £417,944 incl. expenditure from previous years carried forward

Impact of Pupil Premium Funding - Case Studies

Child A is not on the Special Educational Needs register but does have some difficulty with Numeracy and his confidence in the subject. We have provided support for his Numeracy issues within small group tuition which took place once a week for 10 weeks during Year 8. As a result the Student’s Maths level improved from a 4c to 5b in Year 8 and in Year 9 is currently working at a 5a. When asked about the impact tuition had had on the student “I think my problem with maths has always been rooted in my confidence, with tuition I can definitely say it has contributed so much to my success”.

Child B is a bright young girl whose attendance was suffering due to migraines brought on by stress. When talking to the student her main concerns and stress was caused by her feeling like she was falling behind in Spanish and accelerated Design and Technology GCSE. Living outside the normal school catchment area and with her mother unable to drive she was unable to access additional after school support in Design Technology and Spanish. The Pupil Premium covers the cost of transport via taxi twice a week so that the student is able to access additional support with her accelerated GCSE coursework as well as Spanish tuition once a week to help raise her confidence and level in the subject. The funding was also used to pay for a residential trip to Spain. Her attendance to school has improved from 73% to 80% she is predicted a C in DT and her level in Spanish has risen from a 4a to a level 5b.

Child C is a very able young man making good progress in all subjects. Support is in place using student mentors from Hertfordshire University helping to develop high aspirations in terms of career development whilst providing extension work to push towards the highest grades at GCSE support and advice as to how to access further education. He also recently attended a ‘Pathfinders’ day at the University of Hertfordshire to look at possible courses available in further education.

Child D is not on the Special Educational Needs register but does have a difficult and stressful home life. We have provided 1:1 Spanish tuition, for issues with her confidence and attendance to the lessons. She has been attending 8am Maths lessons as part of the targeted Maths Tutor group and we have provided a taxi to this for the final half term. The Pupil Premium has also been used for her to attend 2 weekend Maths residential & to attend a ‘Positively Mad’ study skills workshop. Her grades from EG5-6 have shown improvement, English has improved to a C1 (was C3), Maths to a C1 (was D3), Art to a C3, Media to a C3 (was E2) and Spanish to a D1. Her attendance has also improved to 77.5% from 65%.


Use of Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium Funding

Catch-Up Premium Funding 2015-16
Total Funding £25,000.00
TLR payments for 4 teachers (Jun-Aug 2015) £3,408.13
One-to-one tutor (Sep-Dec 2015) £3,697.92
Headsets for students £210.48
TUTE education software £6,138.00
Total Expenditure £13,454.53
Carried forward to 2016-17 £11,545.47