May Half Term:

Pupils are on half term holiday from Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May until Friday, 31 May. Back to school on Monday, 3 June 2024.  Pupils are on half term holiday from Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May until Friday, 31 May. Back to school on Monday, 3 June 2024.  Pupils are on half term holiday from Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May until Friday, 31 May. Back to school on Monday, 3 June 2024.  Pupils are on half term holiday from Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May until Friday, 31 May. Back to school on Monday, 3 June 2024.  Pupils are on half term holiday from Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May until Friday, 31 May. Back to school on Monday, 3 June 2024.  Pupils are on half term holiday from Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May until Friday, 31 May. Back to school on Monday, 3 June 2024.  Pupils are on half term holiday from Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May until Friday, 31 May. Back to school on Monday, 3 June 2024.  Pupils are on half term holiday from Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May until Friday, 31 May. Back to school on Monday, 3 June 2024.  Pupils are on half term holiday from Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May until Friday, 31 May. Back to school on Monday, 3 June 2024.  Pupils are on half term holiday from Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May until Friday, 31 May. Back to school on Monday, 3 June 2024.  Pupils are on half term holiday from Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May until Friday, 31 May. Back to school on Monday, 3 June 2024.  Pupils are on half term holiday from Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May until Friday, 31 May. Back to school on Monday, 3 June 2024.  Pupils are on half term holiday from Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May until Friday, 31 May. Back to school on Monday, 3 June 2024.  Pupils are on half term holiday from Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May until Friday, 31 May. Back to school on Monday, 3 June 2024.  Pupils are on half term holiday from Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May until Friday, 31 May. Back to school on Monday, 3 June 2024.

Pupil Premium:

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The pupil premium grant is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. It’s a school-level grant that gives schools extra resources to help them meet challenges, including those arising from deprivation. In the 2019 to 2020 financial year, schools will receive £935 for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.

 

What is our rationale for the Pupil Premium Grant?

  • Improve the academic outcomes of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities
  • Close the attainment and progress gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers
  • Identify and implement strategies that help to increase social mobility
  • Enhance pupils’ cultural literacy and wider enrichment opportunities

 

What barriers do pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant face?

The barriers and challenges disadvantaged pupils face are complex and varied- there is no single difficulty faced by all. Closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers is the greatest challenge facing schools. The gap is stubborn because it’s causes are entrenched and complex, and most lie beyond the control of schools and educators. However, it is clear that schools can make a difference.

Mission statement:

“We believe, that given the right circumstances, all children are capable of extraordinary things”

BFSl is committed to ensuring every pupil eligible for the pupil premium benefits via this additional funding and is in no way disadvantaged when compared to their peers. As a matter of policy, the school aims to address any underachievement by ensuring ‘quality first teaching’ in all lessons and the generality of the school budget is used to maximise this. The school was established to ensure all pupils achieve. This is at the core of what BFS is trying to accomplish.

We aim to:

  • Draw on research, best practice in and evidence from our own experience to direct funding to a school offer that is most likely to maximise achievement
  • Never confuse eligibility for the Pupil Premium with low ability, and focus on supporting our disadvantaged students to achieve the highest levels
  • Minimise potential barriers to learning and thereby maximise progress and achievement
  • Advantage the most disadvantaged students thorough whole school and sometimes more targeted offer
  • Ensure all pupils eligible for the pupil premium make excellent academic progress and achieve beyond expectation
  • Ensure there is transparency, through our reporting mechanisms, to demonstrate how and why this funding has been spent
  • Ensure we recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals and reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged
  • Ensure parents of disadvantaged children understand they can make a positive contribution to their children’s achievement at BFS by working alongside the school in harmony and recognising that parent involvement makes a difference.

Please find below our Pupil Premium strategy and impact report:

BFS Pupil Premium Impact Report 2020

BFS Pupil Premium Strategy 2022-2023

Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up:

What is the the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium?

The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium gives state-funded schools, including special schools and alternative provision settings, additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).

DfE guidance to school explains that schools are free to decide how best to use the Catch-up Premium to improve the literacy and numeracy of these students and is designed to help Year 7 students ‘catch up’ with their peers.

As a matter of policy, the school aims to address any underachievement by ensuring ‘quality first teaching’ in all lessons and the generality of the school budget is used to maximise this.

However, we recognise that in addition to this, some students require additional differentiated intervention to support them to make sound progress; we deploy additional income from the Catch-up Premium to subsidise this.

Aims:

  • To identify pupils who did not meet expected standards in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2)
  • To analyse and understand knowledge gaps in English and maths through baseline testing
  • To narrow the gap in attainment in English and maths during year 7
  • To develop a greater range of resources and intervention to support these students
  • To improve literacy through the explicit teaching of Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary
  • To encourage students to develop a love for reading age/ability appropriate books
  • To improve the quality of handwriting
  • To focus on core number skills though maths and science
  • To target pupils with specific literacy and numeracy intervention outside of subject provision
  • To compliment other intervention and support delivered through the Pupil Premium Strategy

Please find below our Catch-up premium strategy and impact report:

 

Pupil Premium and Catch-Up Statement 2023.docx