Pupil Premium Information

When the Pupil Premium funding was announced by the Government, Cranford College made the decision that this money would benefit our students most by being used strategically rather than through a series of ad hoc or bolt-on measures.

The school is in the highest quintile for free school meals (FSM) and has a comparatively large cohort of Looked After Children (LAC). Deprivation and ward data also demonstrates high levels of deprivation in the local community.  Nationally, Disadvantaged Pupils targeted by the pupil premium funding tend to be over represented in terms of under achievement, less enrichment opportunities in the home and lower aspirations overall.

The Pupil Premium allocation for Cranford Community College was £378,675 in 2015-2016.

The allocation has been spent in a number of different but targeted ways:

  • To subsidise the development and staffing of the Literacy and Numeracy Centre for our students with specific needs in those areas (accelerating progress and providing catch up sessions for pupils with low attainment on entry and where learning in the home is less well resourced).

  • To continue to invest in Information Computer Technology (ICT) equipment with those who do not have ICT facilities at home particularly in mind and to fund the supervision of ICT Centres open after school for their use.

  • To part fund the second Sixth Form Study Centre for sixth form use during the school day and after school.

  • To subsidise our biometric catering system thus avoiding a situation where students eligible for free school meals (FSM) might feel any sense of difference from their peers.

  • To fund targeted curriculum developments such as W Factor and Targeted Intervention (TI) days which provide a wide range of enrichment and aspiration raising events, learning experiences and unique opportunities.

  • To fund highly personalised pathways and the Three Bridges Twilight School where vulnerable students receive small group teaching with a high staff/student ratio and bespoke learning programmes.

  • To increase staffing levels to improve pupil-teacher ratios, particularly in English/Literacy/English as an Additional Language (EAL), Mathematics/Numeracy and Science.

  • To nurture more able students.

  • To employ Family Support Workers (FSW) for outreach work with our students’ families in need.

  • To complement our departmental capitation and ensure our departments are able to provide resources for students who are less able to purchase them for themselves for example printing resources and coursework in Art and Design Technology.

  • To assist individual students with uniform and school trip grants.

The impact of the pupil premium allocation on educational outcomes has been manifold and can be seen through:

  • The progress and attainment data for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and for Looked After Children (LAC) which offers clear evidence that this strategic approach to the use of the pupil premium is highly effective. (See school performance tables website for details)

  • The excellent attendance rate which is well above the national average for all schools including the rate for persistent absentees who traditionally come from vulnerable and deprived families.

  • The fact that the school was graded outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in October 2012 and again by Challenge Partners in March 2014.

  • The very high rates of parent and pupil satisfaction and the fact that the local community is proud of its school and chooses it for their children, often in preference to local Grammar Schools.

The Pupil Premium allocation for Cranford Community College is £360,910 in 2016-2017

Because our targeted use of this funding has yielded such positive results last year, we plan to use this funding for the coming year in the same way.

Kevin Prunty
Executive Headteacher and National Leader of Education

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