Pupil Premium Grant September 2018- August 2019

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.

The PPG per pupil for 2018-2019 was as follows:

Disadvantaged pupils Pupil Premium per pupil

Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM


Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority


Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order


Service Children

Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence


In the 2018-2019 Financial year, OPGS received a Pupil Premium Grant allocation of £58,765 based on 58 eligible pupils (45 x Ever 6, 1 x Looked After Child, 11 x Service Children, 1 x Service/FSM child)

Record Keeping:

A central register of pupils eligible for the PPG is kept by Anne Lewell, Deputy Headteacher.

An OPGS individual support plan is in place for each pupil eligible for the PPG.

Information about pupils’ needs, support strategies and assessment of impact is gathered from:

Subject Leaders – Academic progress and support

Matthew Keeling-Jones – Senior Pastoral Leader – Pastoral support

Directors of Study – Pastoral support

Learning Support Department – emotional support; support for specific learning needs; mentoring

Jill Williams – Information, Advice and guidance

Alison McLaine, Data Manager – progress information

Finance Office – Direct Financial Assistance

Allocation of Funds:

In 2018-2019, the funding was used to support pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Grant in the following ways:

  • Curricular trips eg Geography fieldtrip
  • Enrichment activities eg Battlefields trip
  • Extra-curricular activities eg Theatre visits
  • Gifted and Talented support through funding of trips – University visits;
  • Period 6 support
  • GCSE Revision guides
  • Learning Support student intern – 1-2-1 mentoring for students with organisational issues, those in need of emotional support and those with specific learning needs.
  • Mentoring 1-2-1
  • School Counsellor
  • Subsidies for residential visits
  • 1-2-1 coaching in the core subjects
  • Text books
  • Transport costs to and from school
  • Uniform
  • University visits accommodation
  • Wifi access
  • Workbooks
  • Response to individual need, as and when it arises

Impact of funding

At OPGS, each pupil eligible for the PPG has a personalised plan which gives an overview of pupils’ strengths, areas for development, any Special Educational Needs, attendance record and monitoring grades and outlines the individualised support required to enable them to achieve outcomes, at least in line with non-disadvantaged pupils.

The progress of pupils is tracked closely. Regular monitoring and information analysis by the SLG, Subject Leaders and Directors of Study enables us to assess the impact of the support on pupils’ attainment and progress and allows us to put support in place, which is tailored to their needs.

Outcomes for pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant

GCSE Performance 2019

In the Year 11 cohort 2018-2019, 11 pupils were registered for PPG funding.

Outcomes 2017 2018 2019
% Gained English and Maths Grade 4+ 97 95 100
% Gained English and Maths Grade 5+ 85 83 82
% EBACC 51 40 44.4
A8 Score 63.2 57 63.4
P8 0.19 -0.26 +0.51

Post 16 destinations for Year 11 pupils eligible for the PPG

8 pupils remained in our Sixth Form

1 is now at local schools’ Sixth Form

2 are now studying at College

Applying for Free School Meals

The process for applying for Free School Meals is completely confidential and our cashless catering system handles the payment for school meals without anyone being aware of who is getting a free meal and who is paying.

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Even if you don’t wish to take up the free school meal, being included on the entitled list will allow your child access to Pupil Premium funding. Application for free school meals is via the Kent County Council website using the link below:


If you have any questions or require any support in this process, please contact

Mrs A. Lewell (Deputy Headteacher). Any contact will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.