Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 as an additional source of funding from central government aimed to close an attainment gap between students from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. The funding is expected to tackle social mobility issues, increasing the opportunities for those students for whom social disadvantage could lead to academic under performance or to disengagement with school, and thereby reducing the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving students nationally.

The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to provide extra support and resources for students from lower-income backgrounds. There is also a Services Premium for all students from services backgrounds, aimed at offering extra pastoral support for these students, with a recognition that family situations can mean that from time to time a focus on learning can be hard for these students.

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who:

  • Have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
  • Have been looked after continuously for more than six months
  • Are children of services personnel‘It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to school is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility’. Source DfE website
  • The DfE has given us the freedom to use the pupil Premium as we see fit, based upon our knowledge of our pupil needs.

(If you feel your child falls into any of the above catogories please complete the form FSM Forces and Adopted from Care Form April 2019 and return to Mrs Hoult, Office Manager)

Our School

The Stonehenge School is an 11-16 mixed comprehensive school with around 924 pupils in a selective authority. The number of pupils currently registered for Free School Meals (ever 6) lies at 16%.

We also have 39% of our students coming from a services background.

In the financial year 2018-19 we received £ 124,822 in total for Pupil Premium. For the current academic year 2020-21 the school will receive £143,250.

Strategies used at our school

At The Stonehenge School, we are committed to ensuring all our students make the best possible progress. Our focus on ensuring students across the school receive the best standard of teaching benefits all students, including those qualifying for the pupil premium. We also track the achievement of every child on a regular basis and do all we can to ensure that every child achieves their potential. The Pupil Premium at The Stonehenge School supports high staffing levels ensuring reduced class sizes where vulnerable students are placed. Along with high quality teaching, attainment gaps are addressed by strong leadership, a personalised and relevant curriculum, a culture of high expectations and targeted intervention.

How we spend our funding

Based on the research completed by The Sutton Trust, we know that some of the most effective strategies to support disadvantaged students include: effective feedback, meta-cognition and self-regulation, peer tutoring, collaborative learning, behaviour interventions, social and emotional learning and parental involvement. In order to allow all of our students to ‘strive for excellence, exceed expectations’ we have founded our approach to narrowing the gap between vulnerable groups and other students on these practices.

You can find our full pupil premium strategy for the 2020/2021 academic year here 

Follow the link here for a breakdown and impact review of how our disadvantaged learner funding was spent in 2019-20

Additional Funding

Last year, we also received a Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch up grant totalling £25,895.

Literacy and numeracy catch up money is intended for students who did not meet the government’s KS2 targets for English and Maths in 2017. Click here to see our Evaluation of the Year 7 catch up premium.

A breakdown of our services premium funding can be found below.

Service Pupil Premium Funding 2018/19

Total Funding available:              £77,400

Number of Students:                     258

Provision Rationale and Intended Impact Key Stage Cost
  Leadership and Management
Progress leaders in each year group To monitor progress, attendance and behaviour.

Promote and support schemes

such as Reading Force


3 & 4



Assistant Headteacher and Attendance Officer for transition To oversee transition, student recruitment and attendance



3 & 4 £18,292
Services Pastoral Manager To liaise with services parents and students in order to offer ongoing support during times of turbulence. 3 & 4 £8,966
High Tutor/student ratio To monitor progress, attendance and behaviour 3 & 4 £18,402
ELSA TA Trained emotional literacy and support assistants to enable our services students to make the best progress possible 3 & 4 £5,560
Counselling Counselling provision for individual students 3 & 4 £5,570
Yr 7 Forces lunch club To run this services group within the school, offering support and challenges  




Army Welfare Service Provision Links with Army Welfare unit to offer weekly onsite support 3&4 £1200
Services Prefects and Ambassadors To represent the services community and offer peer support 3&4 £450
The Most Able Provision To enable our services students to make the best progress possible  

3 & 4



Staff training To raise awareness and understanding of service students 3 & 4 £1,450