Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. Since April 2015, the premium has been worth £935 and goes to students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); £1,900 goes to any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £300 goes to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.

How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of how the funding is spent. Rivington and Blackrod High School is a very inclusive and caring school and we pride ourselves on utilising the Pupil Premium to support our students with a specific focus on Core Skills (Literacy & Numeracy), Transition, Engagement, and Attendance, maximising the life opportunities for all students.

Why is there a Pupil Premium?

Nationally students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10 GCSE statistics across Britain showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A* (9) - C (4) grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow students.

How many pupils at Rivington and Blackrod High School are eligible for the Pupil Premium?

Approximately 30.8% of students at Rivington & Blackrod High School are eligible for the Pupil Premium. Numbers on roll currently - 1744 total.

Number of students eligible for Pupil Premium 2017-18
Premium type (Autumn term 2017)Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11Year 12Year 13ALL
Number of all students3143113102932711271181744
Adopted from Care Premium---11--2
Deprivation Pupil Premium127108102807822-517
Looked After Premium11213--8
Service Child Premium24311--11

Eligibility for Pupil Premium

The school is only eligible to claim Pupil Premium funding to help support and develop the education of a child, if parents and carers are in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Child tax credit, provided that they are not entitled to working tax credit and have an annual taxable income that does not exceed £16,169
  • Income based job seekers allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Supported under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Is there an issue with eligible pupils not applying for FSM?

In Bolton, when a Housing/Council Tax Benefit claim form is completed and approved; this automatically entitles children in the family to receive free school meals. The Council inform the school directly of the child’s entitlement to free school meals.

How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?

To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium. At Rivington and Blackrod High School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.

Pupil Premium Spend

The five key objectives of Pupil Premium Spend:

  1. Learning in the curriculum: These actions are intended to affect directly performance in the classroom.
  2. Behaviour, Emotional & Social Development: These actions are intended to address barriers to learning.
  3. Enrichment beyond the curriculum: These actions are intended to extend the learning offer beyond the curriculum and/or to provide a safe place between school and home.
  4. Families and communities: These actions are intended to help parents provide better support to their children by engaging them in their children’s learning and/or providing them with the knowledge and skills to do so effectively.
  5. Alternative learning pathways and curricula: This provision comprises of alternatives for pupils who are having difficulties with the traditional learning pathways.

The appendix here outlines a breakdown of Pupil Premium spend for the five key objectives - Autumn term 2017

Key ObjectivesCost
Learning in the curriculum£87,504
Behaviour, Emotional & Social Development£3165
Enrichment beyond the curriculum£1314
Families and communities£575
Alternative learning pathways and curricula£10,399
Total PP spend£102,958

Summer School 2017

We ran a pupil premium/ transition summer school (Rivi Explorers) for two weeks from the 31st July until and inclusive of the 11th August 2017. The young people who attended summer school, participated in the following activities:
  • Art and Design: Designed and made a summer school achievement medal and produced a Jackson Pollock inspired 3D relief painting of the school
  • Drama: Completed a series of theme inspired workshops focused on developing individual pupil's communication skills and confidence levels
  • Sports/ outward bound activities: Pupils took part in a range of team building and sporting activities, including mountain biking and orienteering around Rivington country park and archery
  • Enrichment trips: Trips to both Brockholes Nature Reserve and Rivington Terrance Gardens, allowed pupils to learn bush craft and survival skills, whilst exploring their surrounding local history. 
  • A reward trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Throughout the week, the young people worked as a team, developing and exploring new skills in both teamwork and leadership roles - this helped them to make friends as they worked to collect rewards points. A celebration rewards assembly was held on Friday 11th August 2017 which recognised individual pupil's achievements. It was a fun two weeks for all young people who attended with lots of learning having taken place. 

Year 7 Catch Up Grant

2015/2016 catch-up premium allocation

We received £500 per pupil who did not achieve level 4 or better at Key Stage 2 in reading and/or maths in January 2015. We have continued with our intervention programs as detailed above using the extra staffing to allow us to tailor interventions to fit the individual needs of the New Year 7 pupils.

In Year 7 (2015-2016) at Key Stage 2 there were 33 students who achieved Level 3 or below in Maths, 27 achieving Level 3 or below in their English and of these pupils 13 students achieving Level 3 or below in both subjects. This meant that we had a cohort in 2015/16 of 47 students .  We received catch up funding for these students of £24,000 in the year 2015/2016.  We are currently analyzing the data and will post the impact in due course.

We will continue to review the measures listed to ensure the money spent has had an impact on the educational attainment and progress of the pupils who attract this funding.

2014/2015 catch-up premium allocation

In 2014-2015, Rivington and Blackrod High School was allocated £21,500 in funding as part of the literacy and Numeracy catch-up premium. This funding provides schools with an additional £500 for every Year 7 pupil achieving below Level 4 in the Key Stage 2 Reading and/or Mathematics tests at the end of Year 6.

We have used the funds to support students in catching up across their first two years at school.

In Year 7 we have used the funding as a boost to numeracy and literacy as students begin secondary education and then to further consolidate this progress and support the transition between sites when the students move into Year 8.

In Year 7 we delivered extra English reading and writing lessons in small groups (six pupils) each week over the first term.

In Year 8 we employed an additional specialist English Teacher who has delivered extra classes alongside the regular curriculum but in small groups of less than ten students, following specialist and individualised schemes of work to support students in “catching up”. We have also held additional booster Maths sessions and targeted intervention.

Pupil Impact

Those students reaching the end of Year 7 (funding allocation 2014/15) who will receive the same support moving into Year 8 this year.


12% of the pupils made 4 or more sub-levels progress from Key Stage 2.

62% of the pupils made 2 or more sub-levels progress from Key Stage 2.

54% of pupils were level 4 or above by the end of Year 7.


7% of the pupils made 4 or more sub-levels progress from Key Stage 2.

48% of the pupils made 2 or more sub-levels progress from Key Stage 2.

24% of pupils were level 4 or above by the end of Year 7.

Funding Report

The amount of pupil premium funding received for financial year April 2017/2018 is £408,595.


As a school in receipt of pupil premium funding, we are accountable to our parents and school community for how we are using this additional resource to impact positively on the lives of our pupil premium children. The school has published its annual provision map of all of the interventions offered across the key stages in 2016/17.

Please click on this link to download the Annual Provision Report 2016/17

Impact statements 2017

2016 KS4 Summary Progress 8

  • RBHS FSM (Ev6) Average Progress 8 Score -0.47 (Gap -0.32)
  • Bolton FSM (Ev6) Average Progress 8 Score -0.50 (Gap -0.44/ RBHS is the 7th best performing - 18 schools)

2017 KS4 Summary Attainment 8

  • RBHS FSM (Ev6) Average Attainment 8 Score - 34.55
  • Bolton FSM (Ev6) Average Attainment 8 Score -35.23

Percentage of Pupils Achieving Grade 5+ in English and Maths (Strong Pass)

  • RBHS CLA/ FSM 20% (17/84) - within school gap of 20%
  • Bolton CLA/ FSM 22% - within LA gap of 25%

Percentage of Pupils Achieving Grade 4+ in English and Maths (Standard Pass) 

  • RBHS CLA/ FSM 39% (33/84) - within school gap of 24%
  • Bolton CLA/ FSM 42% - within LA gap of 29%
  • 2016 National gap of 25%
  • 2015 National gap of 33%

English Baccalaureate (Grade 4 or above in English and Maths)

  • RBHS CLA/ FSM 4% - within school gap of 11%
  • Bolton CLA/ FSM 10% - within LA gap of 13%
  • 2016 National gap of 25%
  • 2015 National gap of 26%

Please click here for the Data Pack 2017

Extra Curricular Activities

Click here to view the Extra-Curricular Activities Timetable

Year 11 after school revision classes

  • Tuesday: Maths
  • Wednesday: Science
  • Thursday: English

Pupil Premium Guidance

This policy will play an important part in the educational development of the individual pupils who are entitled to the Pupil Premium. We will ensure that these students are treated equally and as favourably as others and that the additional funding is used well to address the challenges they face. The school will use the additional funding to promote the achievement and progress of all entitled students, paying particular regard to the effectiveness of quality first teaching for all vulnerable groups, including pupil premium.

Please click here to download the document.

Post 16 Destinations

The Pupil Premium - Post 16 Destinations for 2016/17 - 68 students in total are listed below.

Pupil Premium
In Post 16 Placement6494.1%
In Sixth Form, College, Employment or Apprenticeship

In NEET/Illness/Refused to Disclose                         




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