Pupil Premium

At Hillcrest we have very high expectations for our students. Great emphasis is placed on hard work, achievement and high standards of behaviour.



Pupil Premium.

Pupil Premium Strategy

Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the Government to enhance the education of the most socio-economically deprived.

The amount of Pupil Premium allocation that Hillcrest School and Sixth Form Centre receives can be seen below.

2012-13 £211,410
2013-14 £275,568
2014-15 £257,125
2015-16 £237,331
2016-17 £254,620
2017-18 £262,735 (estimate)

In 2017-18 55% of students at Hillcrest are eligible for pupil premium funding, this is significantly higher than the national figure for 2016/17 of 29%.

This breaks down as:

  • Year 7 = 23%
  • Year 8 = 66%
  • Year 9 = 65%
  • Year 10 = 54%
  • Year 11 = 59%

Our Pupil Premium Strategy aims to close the achievement gap between students entitled to pupil premium funding and other students nationally, to raise aspirations, to promote social mobility and ensure more students get to attend top universities or higher apprenticeships.

The strategy ensures that funding is spent to enable disadvantaged students to receive additional support and resources that remove any barriers to learning and success. The progress of individual pupils is constantly tracked and appropriate support and intervention identified and actioned as rapidly as possible.

This strategy is reviewed annually. Next review 15th September 2018.


Common Barriers to Learning:

  • Lack of time, space resources and support for working at home.
  • Lack of enrichment opportunities.
  • Poor literacy and numeracy skills.
  • High mobility – where pupils have attend a number of primary or secondary schools.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Low aspiration.
  • Poor attendance and punctuality.
  • Challenging behaviour.
  • Social/community issues.


Pupil Premium Strategies 2017-18

Pupil Support – Teaching

  • Extra staff hours to allow smaller groups in English, Maths and Science.
  • Small group and one to one tuition.
  • Diagnostic Feedback and Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time (DIRT).

Pupil Support – Curriculum Enrichment

  • Out of Hours Learning and educational visits e.g. Further Maths sessions and Year 7 Team Building
  • Gifted and Talented programmes e.g. The Brilliant Club, Aim Higher
  • Accelerated Reading Programme.


Pupil Support – Music Tuition

Pupil Support – Study support and learning to learn


  • Metacognition, revision programmes and packs e.g ‘Learning Scientists’ and ‘Flipped Learning’.
  • Homework support and ‘Show My Homework’.
  • Home Learning Programmes e.g Active learn, MyMaths, MathsWatch

Pupil Support – Individual Resources

Pupil Support – Year 7 Maths and English Programmes e.g. The Lit Programme, Ninja and Passport Maths

Pupil Support – Pastoral and external agencies

  • Behaviour and pastoral support programmes e.g. Jamie’s Farm
  • IIAG Advisor, Education Welfare and Forward Thinking (CAMHS) support worker.







1. Pupil Support – Teaching Additional Maths, English and Science groups, in class support, intervention groups, and training. £136,490 £128,352 £124,364

2. Pupil Support – Curriculum Enrichment Curriculum based trips and learning off site, The Brilliant Club, Out of Hours Learning, The Accelerated Reader Programme, Library resources KS3/KS4 books, IT Dynamic Learning, Online Mathematics Programmes, Pinpoint Maths, Literacy Guides, Literacy boxes, Aim Higher activities, Mathematics new curriculum learning materials and homework support books. £69,809

£98,242 £107,171

3. Pupil Support – Music Tuition Individual and small group instrumental tuition. £10,800 £6,849 £8,000

4. Study Support and Learning to Learn Holiday revision classes, Maths Boosters, Show My Homework £1000 £1000 £1000

5. Pupil Support – Individual Resources Catch –up classes for students entering school below expectations in Year 7. £1537 £4,548 £4,000

6. Pupil Support – Year 7 Maths and English Programmes Revision Guides, Technology CA resources, art resources and calculators. £4995 £2,429 £5,000

7. Pupil Support – Pastoral and external agencies Additional Education Welfare and IAG support. £12,300 £13,200 £13,200

TOTAL £237,500 £254,620 £262,735

Closing The Gap 2016-17

Please note all results for 2017 are currently provisional.

National data is not currently available (NCA)

Year 11 GCSE Attainment Students in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding


Other Students


All students


Other Students Nationally (NPP)

Attainment 8 Score 45 47.62 46 49

Progress 8 Score +0.14 +0.40 0 +0.1

% Grade 4 -9 in English and Mathematics 64% 67% 63% 71%

% Grade 5-9 in English and Mathematics 31% 35% 42% 49%

% achieving English Baccalaureate (Strong Pass = grade 5 or better in English and Maths and grade C+ in a GCSE Language and two GCSE Science qualifications) 25% 25% 20% 25.6%

% achieving English Baccalaureate (Standard Pass = grade 4 or better in English and Maths and grade C+ in a GCSE Language and two GCSE Science qualifications) 37% 30% 24% 28%

% entered for the English Baccalaureate 66% 74% 38% 43%

Year 11 2016-17 – 53% of students at Hillcrest eligible for pupil premium funding

Summary of the impact of Pupil Premium spending on Year 11 GCSE outcomes 2016-2017:

The impact on educational achievement arising from Pupil Premium expenditure are the outcomes for disadvantaged students, as demonstrated in their achievement, attendance and reward data.

2017 figures show that Year 11 disadvantaged pupils at Hillcrest achieved:

GCSE Progress 8 Score of +0.14 well above all students nationally (-0.03 in 2017) and above none disadvantaged students nationally (+0.11 in 2017).

GCSE Attainment 8 Score of 44.89, which is line with all students nationally.

GCSE Ebacc percentage of 25% compared to 12% (disadvantaged pupils nationally 2016). The % of Hillcrest students in receipt of pupil premium funding achieving the English Baccalaureate is above the performance of other students nationally (20% in 2017).

GCSE Grade 4-9 in both English and mathematics percentage of 64% compared to 63% (All students nationally 2017).

The attendance of disadvantaged students is in line with all students nationally, but below non-disadvantaged students at Hillcrest. Whole school attendance 2016-17 All students = 95.6% Nat (95%), Non disadvantaged =96.5% Nat (95.9%), disadvantaged =95% Nat (92.8%)

There was no difference in terms of attitude to learning shown in our GIR rewards data between disadvantaged students and non-disadvantaged students. 17 Year 11 students did not achieved their GIR rewards target based on attendance, punctuality, attitude to learning. 7 of which were students in receipt of pupil premium funding.

The transition onto further education, training or work is excellent with 100% of 2017 leavers starting KS5 courses or apprenticeships.

Summary of impact of Pupil Premium spending on Year 7 to 10 in 2016 – 2017:

60% of students in Year 7 to 10 were eligible for pupil premium funding.

One of the main barriers to learning identified by students and staff was the successful completion of homework to prepare students for the next stages of their learning. To support students with this the school introduced ‘Show My Homework’ in 2016 to give students and parents access to homework tasks and resources online and via their smart phones. The homework facilities in school are available 8am each morning, at lunchtime and after school to allow students access to IT facilities and teacher support.

The gap between students in receipt of pupil premium funding is closing, for example in Year 9 students in receipt of pupil premium funding achieved on average half a grade higher than other students.

Summary of impact on Post 16 data 2016-17

Disadvantaged students made better progress than other students in the sixth form. 12% of Year 13 in 2016-17 were eligible for free school meals.

Pupil Premium Priorities for 2017-2018:

Raise attainment and increase progress for all students, especially those in receipt of pupil premium funding and having high prior attainment.

Close the gap between students in receipt of pupil premium funding and others in attainment in grade 4+ and 5+ and 7+.

How can you support my child?

Ask your child about their day and what they have been learning.

Provide a quiet place at home for students to work and encourage your child to attend homework club.

Make sure your child has the basic equipment needed to do her homework and establish a routine for when homework is completed.

Use your Show My Homework login to check what homework your child had and monitor that it has been completed.

Ensure your child arrives at school on time every day with the correct equipment and in correct uniform.

Praise your child and talk about their aspirations for the future.

Watch current affairs programmes and discuss as a family.

Arrange visits in the school holidays and weekends to the many free museums and cultural sites locally.

Promote the importance of school and reward success.

Attend school events such as parents’ evenings, review meetings, parental support sessions, concerts and awards mornings.

If you have any concerns about your child’s education or well-being contact school for support.

For more information please visit the Department for Education Website

Catch-up Premium Strategy

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 (or score below 100 in 2016/17) in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.


2012-2013 £8,500

2013- 2014 £7,500

2014-15 £4,500

2015-2016 £10,000

2016-2017 £9,765

Money is currently spent on a tuition programme for students who do not achieve KS2 score above 100 in English and/or Maths. The students each have an initial meeting with the one to one tutor (primary trained) to assess their individual needs and do a baseline assessment. A timetable is then devised that meets the needs of the students which ranges from intense one to one work, pair work or small group work. Students’ progress is monitored after each data entry and by the assessments done with the tutor. If students have made sufficient progress (secure KS2 score of above 100) they may exit the tuition programme, but are still monitored throughout their time in year 7 and may come back into the scheme if their working at levels remain unchanged or decrease.

Impact of Year 7 Catch-up Premium

English Impact 2016/2017

One-to-one catch-up tutoring was provided to all students who had key stage 2 points of below 25.

Overall success:

74% improved their KS2 score by the end of Year 7.

Mathematics Impact 2016/2017

One-to-one catch-up tutoring was provided to all students who had Key Stage 2 score of below 100.

Overall success:

58% improved their KS2 score by the end of the Year 7.

For more information please visit the Department for Education Website