Pupil Premium

The full 3 year Pupil Premium Report and Statement (2022/25) can be found here

If you have any questions or queries regarding the pupil premium please contact:

Joshua Burns, Assistant Headteacher - joshua.burns@swale.at

At PCS, one of our whole school priorities is to raise the achievement of vulnerable students by improving both outcomes and attendance. Our aim is for all students to ‘Aspire, Believe and Achieve’ and that inequality should not be a barrier to how students view their potential. We ensure all students experience success in a safe and inclusive environment. We place learning and a sense of belonging at the heart of everything we do with a core message for all our students to aspire to do their best, believe in themselves, and achieve enabling them to take their next steps. Equipping young people with lifelong knowledge and skills.

The focus of our pupil premium strategy is to support all disadvantaged pupils to achieve positive outcomes, including those who are already high attainers. We will address the challenges faced by vulnerable pupils, such as those who are SEND, looked after, have a social worker, or are young carers. The activities outlined in this statement are also intended to support their needs, regardless of whether they are disadvantaged or not. 

Quality First Teaching (QFT) is at the heart of our approach. This is proven to have the greatest impact on closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students and at the same time will benefit the non-disadvantaged pupils in our school. Implicit in the intended outcomes detailed below, is the intention that non-disadvantaged pupils’ attainment will be sustained and improved alongside progress for their disadvantaged peers.

The plan will draw upon research to inform practice and funding to fully support these students and build resilience. Our approach is responsive to the challenges and individual needs faced by our local community.

To ensure they are effective we will:

  • Encourage students to attend school regularly through identifying barriers and employing a variety of strategies. 

  • Teach them academically, socially and emotionally, maintaining high expectations and QFT to ensure students make expected progress and achieve outcomes which are at least in line with their prior attainment. 

  • Identify the gaps in students’ knowledge and skills, diagnosing the main barriers so students do not fall behind.

  • Promote positive engagement with parents/carers/family members so that all stakeholders have investment in pupils' outcomes. 

This details the key challenges to achievement that we have identified among our disadvantaged pupils.

Challenge Number Details of challenge
1 Attendance at school is low for PP students when compared to non-PP students.
2 Literacy, including reading ages are low. These have been made worse by COVID-19 school closures and general access to appropriate reading materials at home
3 Learning gaps have been exacerbated by COVID-19 school closures.
4 Lack of motivation and aspiration for educational progress and success which may lead to a lack of destination and result in potential NEETs.
5 Increase in cases of social, mental health and well being including safeguarding issues.
6 Lack of access to home learning resources such as laptops, internet, revision and study skills’ materials.
7 Lack of access and interest to attend activities that provide cultural capital such as the theatre, museums, art exhibits, sporting events etc.

Summary Information

Academic Year 2023/
Total PP
£240,340 Date of most recent PP Review September 2023
923 Number of students eligible for PP 238  Date for
next internal review of this strategy
2023 (Internal)

2023 (External)

Current Attainment

Measure PPI 2023 Non PPI 2023 Gap 2023

Basics (%)












Historical Attainment

Measure PPI 2018 Non PPI 2018 Gap 2018 PPI 2017 Non PPI 2017 Gap 2017
Basics (%) 46.2 72.4 26.2 25 57.7 32.7
A8 36.39 45.89 9.5 27.51 41.87 14.36
P8 -0.40 0.23 0.63 -1.20 -0.34 0.86

Pupil Premium Strategy Plan (3 Year) 2022-25

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2021-22

Pupil Premium 2019-20

Pupil Premium 2018-19