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Buxton Community School

Buxton Community School

Pupil Premium

Buxton Community School Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium is a sum of money the school receives for each student who is either in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or who has been in receipt of them in the past.  We also receive money to support students from service families and those who are looked after outside of their families.  Nationally, the statistics show that students from these groups tend to do less well than their peers in public examinations and so the aim of this money is to try to close that attainment gap.

At Buxton Community School we view the needs of all students as important and we strive to create the best opportunities and experiences for every single student at the school.

The projected Pupil Premium Grant income for 2019-20 is £175,000

What are the main barriers to learning faced by BCS Pupil Premium students?

  • Lack of self-belief in their ability to make strong academic progress
  • Attendance which does not meet the national threshold of 95%
  • Social and emotional wellbeing deficits
  • Lack of resources including IT
  • Low literacy
  • Lack of awareness of aspirational opportunities, including further and higher education pathways which open a range of professions and careers
  • Special educational needs

What do we spend the grant on?

We use the grant on the individual needs of students as they require them, and to fund or part-fund the areas shown below. This list is not exhaustive as the needs of students change over the academic year.

  • Educational resources and equipment for students, for example textbooks, revision guides and ICT access
  • Additional support with literacy and numeracy
  • Increased specialised staffing support
  • Alternative curriculum provision both onsite and off site
  • Assistance were required with the cost of curriculum trips, subject-related activities and other school trips
  • Individual and group mentoring
  • Uniform support for individual students
  • Support with other opportunities and events to enhance and complement learning, for example music lessons, sports activities, Further and Higher Education ‘taster’ experiences and cultural visits