Pupil Premium & Free School Meals
We are proud of the progress that all our learners make. Our progress in English and Maths is consistently higher than the local and national averages. Pupil Premium learners made similar progress to everyone else, contrary to the national picture, and the gap between the performance of disadvantaged learners and other learners has narrowed over the last three years. In 2012 Bewdley School received a letter from the Deputy Prime Minister, congratulating us for the work we do in narrowing the attainment gap.
What is Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on those learners who are in receipt of Free School Meals (and those who have been eligible in the last 6 years), and those learners who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. A Service Child Premium is also paid to schools for those children whose parents are in the armed forces, or who are in receipt of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
Are you eligible to apply for Free School Meals? Please Apply!
Being eligible for a free school meal has many benefits for our learners. It not only provides the learner with a midday meal but funds additional support. That support may be applicable for individual learners in order to provide:
- additional support for literacy and numeracy
- additional resources for out of hours learning at home
- additional support for homework and revision
- support for organisation and self management
- access to extra curricular activities
We therefore strongly encourage eligible parents/carers to apply for this status. No one will know who has registered and it will not affect any other benefits being claimed. You can register your child for free school meals if you get any of these benefits:
- 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 Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Applications are made to Worcestershire County Council using the application form found at the bottom of this page but Mrs Langdon, our Office Manager, will be more than happy to help any eligible parents/carers apply. Further information is available by phoning Mrs Langdon on 01299 403277.
How we spend the Pupil Premium Grant
It is for schools to decide how the money allocated is spent. At The Bewdley School & Sixth Form Centre, we are using these monies to help our KS3 learners achieve the best possible outcomes in English and Maths and for our KS4 learners to achieve the best possible grades in their external examinations.
All learners who attend The Bewdley School & Sixth Form Centre are monitored and tracked to ensure that their learning journey is successful and potential realised. Achievement, Attitude to Learning, Behaviour, Attendance and Quality of Teaching data is analysed termly and informs:
- Raising Achievement Plans
- Interventions for learners
- Training for colleagues
- School priority plans
The analysis allows for ‘spotlighting’ individuals/groups that may be vulnerable and for early intervention to be delivered and measured. Our Pupil Premium learners are one of those groups.
How do you know your child is achieving?
All parents and carers receive termly information with regard to achievement and attitude to learning and an Annual Report.
There are planned opportunities for parents to meet with teachers; however, we are pleased to give information on learners’ progress at any time.
Our annual results are published on our website, giving KS4 external examination results and our destination data.
Directors of Learning alert parents/carers of concerns with regard to underachievement and interventions offered.