Pupil Premium Success Stories from 2015/2016
The secure foundations which we have built over the past two academic years have enabled us to introduce a number of important initiatives this year, all of which have been aimed at securing the attainment and quality of school experience for our Pupil Premium students.
Academically, our students and staff have worked harder than ever to exceed their targets. We have continued to support Pupil Premium students in securing additional intervention revision texts and CD’s, online courses, personal tutoring as well as loans and purchase (for our LAC students)of laptops and relevant software, plus the provision of ‘usb memory sticks’. Much of our work and financial support has been geared towards enhancing learning through subsided curriculum visits and workshops, mentoring and 1:1 tutoring. All Pupil Premium students in years 7 – 9 received Oxford exam pencil cases containing appropriate exam equipment and all year 11 Pupil Premium students were purchased exam and revision specific packs of stationary and equipment.
In addition to this, we have expanded our enrichment provision securing placements at university summer schools for 18 Year 10 students and over 30 places on the National Citizenship programme throughout the summer. Our intention has been to raise the quality and diversity of experience for our students, to enhance their aspirations and to provide them with opportunities to develop confidence in their abilities and leadership skills. One key area in which this has can be evidenced is in the Duke of Edinburgh programme where we have brought equipment and paid course fees (and camping fees) for Pupil Premium students enabling them to participate at every level. In addition to this, we have financed visits to reward trips Manchester City FC, Olympic Park to watch an international hockey tournament, and enabled students to attend outward bound residential visits to Aberdovey and for GCSE PE. Theatres have been visited, the Space Museum, Parliament and the Animal man has brought in a variety of creatures, some more frightening than others! We have encouraged reading through the purchase of books for the library and reward books and vouchers for students who have engaged in a variety of literacy driven activities. As an extension of this, next academic year every Pupil Premium student in year 7 will receive their own pack of reading books as a welcome gift from us.
Next year we will repeat and expand upon this; plans are underway to re-run the successful First Aid course for Key Stage 4 students, and to support the Aberdovey residential in the Autumn. We have established an exciting initiative to provide an innovative mentoring programme in co-operation with Bridge Builders, which will see Key Stage 4 students mentored by successful managers from business and industry to raise aspirations and ultimately results.
Pupil Premium Success Stories from 2014/2015
Pupil Premium Students achieve success at GCSE!
Pupil Premium students at SWBA are celebrating their success at GCSE. There was a significant improvement in outturn for PP boys in particular which reflects their efforts to achieve their targets. The introduction of Saturday school played an important part in this success, with 47% of our PP students attending revision classes and coursework completion sessions. Indeed, 40% of our key focus group achieved their 5A-C including English and Maths. As these students settle into their post 16 studies, we wish them every success.
1. National Citizenship Service
During the summer holidays 2015, 7 year 11 and 12 students took part in the NCS programme. This was an intensive 14 day programme consisting of a residential outward bound experience in either Northumberland or The Lake District where they were encouraged to get active, and to develop their leadership and team working skills. It was followed by a residential based at Wolverhampton University where they will be tasked with a community challenge. The whole programme concluded with 4 social action days in September. This was a truly amazing experience for all who were involved and we look forward to hearing from them as to their progress and experiences as they help this years’ applicants in their preparation.
2. Unifest Summer School
15 year 10 students (including 7 PP students) attended UNIFEST and Birmingham University summer schools in July 2015. These students had been successful in their applications to attend residential schools specialising in subjects ranging from the professions, to music and catering. They spent three days exploring university life, developing their study skills, making friends and having an action packed, fun experience. All are now aspiring to move onto university after their post 16 studies.
3. Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
Pupil Premium is pleased to be supporting this programme within school through the provision of essential equipment and supplies. We have been able to purchase hoodies and walking boots to support the students in their quest to achieve their Bronze and Silver levels.