At Gumley every girl is unique.
We value each and every member and believe no one should be excluded from participating in school - neither academic nor extracurricular activities - because of financial constraints.
At Gumley we believe that the use of the Pupil Premium funds in appropriate and measured ways is fundamental to student and school progress, the raising of educational standards and to increasing inclusion. The words, beliefs and actions of Marie Madeleine d’Houet, foundress of the FCJ Community, provide us all at Gumley with the clearest guidance as to our responsibility to those in our care.
What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to the school to help raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
To be able to access the Pupil Premium the child needs to be receiving free school meals (FSM) OR have received free school meals at any time in the past six years (this is called 'Ever 6') OR be a child of parents who are Service Personnel (in, or a veteran of, the UK Armed Forces) OR be a Looked After Child ((LAC) a child provided with care and accommodation by children's services).
What is FSM?
FSM was an indicator of deprivation, though now it refers to those entitled to Free School Meals.
What is Ever 6?
Anyone that has been on FSM during the past six years – Year 6 in Primary equals full secondary career on Pupil Premium.
What do we expect to see?
- Improve their levels of attainment and progress
- Access alternative support and intervention
- Have full access to our curriculum
- Access our extra-curricular provision.
How are we doing this?
At Gumley House we know that each student has specific needs and so we use flexibility and our robust pastoral and academic systems to provide support for our students. We know that what works well for one student may not necessarily work for another; for example, some students benefit enormously from small group work, whilst some need one-to-one attention. We believe these approaches that include curriculum design, targeted learning provisions, pastoral and family support, as well as extracurricular opportunities, are essential to the success of our Pupil Premium students.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of provision that we have made or may make use of at Gumley House:
- One-to-one tuition
- One-to-one mentoring/counselling/emotional support
- One-to-one learning support
- PP a focus in Line Management discussions with SLT Link
- Small group learning
- Intervention classes
- Assistance with the cost of school trips/visits/residentials
- Educational assessments
- Assistance with instrumental lesson costs
- Duke of Edinburgh Award costs
- ICT equipment
- Learning opportunities outside the normal school day – includes Saturdays and holidays
- Assistance with costs for certain curriculum needs e.g. Food Technology ingredients
- Transport to and from school
- Providing a range of resources for use at home and in lessons
- Support for families – our Parent Partnership
- Working with outside agencies
- Further Education visits and workshops
Pupil Premium is funding which has been allocated by the government to address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most.
Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying school’s budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable students.
Pupil Premium funding is allocated on the number of students eligible for Free School Meals, currently and in the last six years and pupils who are looked after (CLA). Schools receive £1,900 (Pupil Premium Plus) for each student who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order