Cromwell Community College

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Pupil Premium Overview

Pupil Premium

Cromwell Community College receives extra funding for pupils who are eligible for free school meals or have been at any time in the last six years.  We also receive extra funding to support children from forces families.  The intention is that we can use the extra funding to support the progress and attainment of those pupils so that they achieve at least as highly as other pupils. The DFE has given us the freedom to use Pupil Premium as we see it fit, based upon our knowledge of our pupils’ needs. It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, we are accountable for the use of this additional funding.

  • Number of pupils eligible for pupil premium 2016-17: 249
  • Amount of funding received 2016-17: £232,815

We believe that the best way for disadvantaged pupils to catch up with their peers is through our core concept of achievement for all pupils. Through setting the highest expectations, maintaining a strong ethos of achievement, delivering high quality teaching and putting in place effective interventions we promote a culture and ethos where learning flourishes and every pupil matters.  

We also believe that the best way to accelerate progress for pupil premium pupils is to accelerate progress for all pupils. We set challenging targets for all pupils, aspiring to place them in the top 5% of achievers nationally.


Progress at GCSE

The progress gap in English narrowed slightly this year from -0.36 to -0.27. The average progress for all pupils went down by just over a twentieth of a grade. The average grade for disadvantaged pupil went up by one fiftieth of a grade.

This maths year, disadvantaged pupils made more progress in maths than other pupils. The gap was positive, at 0.04.



Behaviour for Learning

We believe that increasing access and participation will increase engagement and aspiration. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils who attended a trip, visit or fixture last year was higher than the year before.


The raising of aspirations means that our disadvantaged pupils are more likely to stay in education, employment or training. The following chart shows how many of our disadvantaged pupils leave school and go into neither education, training nor employment.


The correlation between high attendance and high achievement is undeniable. We have put stringent new systems in place to drive up the attendance of vulnerable groups. Attendance for disadvantaged pupils is rising year on year.



Our decisions on expenditure are informed by the research of the Education Endowment Foundation.


Our own experience is that mentoring, when the mentors are of a certain status, and small group tuition are the most effective ways we have of increasing achievement. We are refining and expanding the mentoring scheme this year. It is our aim to involve parents in the mentoring cycle more regularly. We have increased the quality of feedback for all pupils across the school. We have introduced tuition groups in Y11, giving short lessons of fifteen minutes to groups of no more than 18 in subjects where a need has been identified.



Our budget for 2017-18 is as follows:

Staffing Costs


Additional English Teacher


Specialist English Teaching Assistant


Specialist Maths Teaching Assistant


Intervention Support Co-ordinator


50% Attendance Officer


Minibus Driver


SWITCH Teaching Assistant


Inclusion Tutor


Inclusion Lead


Inclusion Teaching Assistant




Total Staffing Costs




Other Expenditure


Curriculum development – PP engagement


Specialist Tutors


50% Education Welfare Officer


Total Other Expenditure




Total Pupil Premium Expenditure




Andrew Hunter, Vice Principal, is responsible for the attainment and achievement of all pupils, including those for whom we receive pupil premium funding, and for all aspects of pupil premium planning and funding. He can be contacted at the college.

Julie Amps, the Intervention Coordinator, is responsible for the day to day provision of interventions and for applications for financial assistance. She can be contacted at the college.


Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Please use the link below to see if your child qualifies and how to apply:

The application form is easy to complete, but we are happy to help you with it at school if you would like us to.