Your child could be entitled to receive free school meals, as well as pupil premium funding for the school. Please read this important letter from Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees for more information about how to claim. Somali and Polish translations of the letter are also available.
About Pupil Premium
2012 National value added benchmark is 981.4; at Orchard School our value added was 997.7. Indeed, ‘RAISEonline’ data shows us that over the last two years the school has added value (c.v.a.) to Free School Meal student attainment.
The Government has introduced the term ‘Pupil Premium’ (PP) to encompass all students who are either In Care, in receipt of Free School Meals or whose parents are actively serving in the Armed Forces. Recently, the Service Premium has been extended to include those whose parents have died in action and those whose parents have left the Service since April 2011 for other reasons, including injury.
You can read more about Pupil Premium by clicking here.
All students identified as being in the Pupil Premium cohort will benefit from additional academic support and encouragement to ensure that they have a positive and successful learning experience. We aim to close any gap in attainment and achievement between them and their non-Pupil Premium peers.
You can view our spend for 2016-17, here.
If your child is within the Pupil Premium Cohort (Free School Meals, Ever6 rule, Child in Care, parent active in the armed forces, died in action or left due to injury) then subject to approval we are able to fund up to 50% of the cost of any school event that links to the curriculum whether inside or outside of school. We are also able to supply any revision books your child would benefit from holiday revision study.
You can download a 'Pupil Premium request form' here or alternatively collect a copy from the main school reception. If you have a query regarding Pupil Premium please contact the school and we will help. Come and speak with us at Parents’ Evening or give us a call.
What you need to know about the 6 year rule 'Ever6'
The Government has decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2012-13 will be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years, extending the coverage of the Pupil Premium. As a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.
Children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the past generally have poorer academic results than those who have never been eligible for FSM. These pupils therefore should benefit from the additional support the Pupil Premium funding will be able to provide.
Why extend coverage to six years?
There is a particular issue with the under-reporting of free school meals (FSM) amongst secondary school pupils. Extending eligibility to those eligible for FSM in the past six years means that a child previously registered in the last year of primary education will remain eligible for the Premium up to Year 11.
Reports to Parents can be downloaded below.
Pupil Premium What does RAISEonline tell us?
RAISEonline is the Department for Education site for school performance.
The data below compares the progress that Pupil Premium students at Orchard School made compared to all pupils nationally.
To aid analysis, the yellow boxes show where our PP student achievment is equal to or better than all pupils nationally and the red boxes show where our school’s percentage of disadvantaged students falls below the national percentage for other students by an amount equivalent to 3 or more students.
As can be seen by this table, the disadvantaged students at Orchard School did very well compared to the national data in English. In maths the picture is also largely positive. The school has noted the fact that fewer of our level 4 pupil premium students made 4 levels of progress in maths and we are working this year to address this.