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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium at Great Marlow School

At Great Marlow School, we pride ourselves in providing an inclusive education for all. The Governors and staff at the school are committed to raising the profile of Pupil Premium students and the aspirations that these students have. Our aim is to support students and their families so that all students are able to have access to the opportunities that the school provides.

What is Pupil Premium? Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and paid by means of a specific grant, based on school census figures. Pupil Premium funding is additional to main school funding and is received by the school to identify underlying inequalities and close the gap between pupils who are disadvantaged and those who are not.

At Great Marlow School, there are currently 157 pupils (2018-19) who are eligible for the Pupil Premium (this does not include service personnel)

The funding aims to help pupils: who are eligible for free school meals (FSM); who have been looked after continuously for more than six months; who are children of service personnel.

2018/19 cohort

Year Group Number % of Cohort Male Female
7 36 15.5 22 14
8 35 15.1 15 20
9 32 13.9 17 15
10 29 12.5 19 10
11 26 12.8 13 13

2018-19: Great Marlow School receives the following funding for every student in Years 7-11 and:

Is currently in receipt of Free School Meals (£935

  1. is in receipt of FSM anytime in the last 6 years (£935)
  2. has been in care/ looked after (1 day or longer)- (£1900)
  3. in families connected to the services. Extra funding supports children and young people with parents in the armed forces (£300)
  4. has been adopted from care on or after 30th December 2005, or left care under a special guardianship order or a residence order (£1900)

Are you eligible? If you are currently having financial difficulties due to unemployment breaks, no matter how long or short term this may be, your son or daughter may be eligible to receive Pupil Premium funding. Please apply now if you or your partner is receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of 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 – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

How can you apply?

  • Thank you for visiting this page and seeing if you can help the school to support your son or daughter.
  • If you require help to do this, please contact the Pupil Premium Co-ordinator at the school, Mrs Gifford

At GMS, the Pupil Premium money is used to:

  • improve the attendance of disadvantaged pupils, because being present in school and in lessons will ‘close the attainment gap’ between them and their peers
  • support teaching and learning in the classroom through the introduction of literacy and numeracy initiatives that strengthen the work of the curriculum
  • employ a person to the role of Pupil Premium Co-Ordinator with the specific duties of:
    • improving lines of communication between school and home – including attendance at whole school events such as Parents’ Evenings
    • developing a range of interventions with the aim of raising attainment
    • coordinating the provision of extra-curricular and holiday activities
    • improving attendance of Pupil Premium students
  • support the Learning Guidance Support team in their endeavour to remove barriers to learning through a range of personalised interventions
  • offer alternative provision should it be deemed necessary
  • effectively liaise with the Pupil Referral Unit


Strategy for raising the achievement of disadvantaged students


  • Raising achievement of disadvantaged students is the responsibility of all staff at Great Marlow School.
  • Needs of individual students are understood so interventions can be personalised.
  • The school aims to reduce barriers to learning and address disadvantage.

Aims of the strategy

To improve the progress and attainment of disadvantaged students by:

  • understanding the barriers to progress and act on them
  • providing quality first teaching that addresses the needs of disadvantaged students
  • using data effectively to ensure interventions are swift and focused
  • holding teaching staff, middle leaders and senior leaders to account for the progress and attainment of disadvantaged students
  • planning a curriculum which is rich, appropriate and promotes progress
  • improving the skills and qualities that disadvantaged students possess so that they can succeed
  • providing support for educational visits
  • supporting the social and emotional well-being of the students
  • providing specific careers, education information advice and guidance
  • securing excellent attendance to ensure continuity with learning

Key responsibilities


  1. Governors hold senior leaders to account for the progress of disadvantaged students through the scrutiny of reports
  2. Pupil Premium Governor PP governor takes a particular interest in the progress and attainment of disadvantaged students and meets with the Pupil Premium Co-ordinator and Deputy Headteacher to monitor the effectiveness of the PP strategy

Senior Leaders

  1. Headteacher takes overall responsibility for PP strategy in the school. He works closely with the Deputy Headteacher with PP responsibility to track progress and challenge underachievement.
  2. Deputy Headteacher (Teaching and Learning)- tracks the progress and attainment of all disadvantaged students in the school, challenges middle leaders and monitors PP spending within the school. Reports regularly to the Leadership Team and Governing Board
  3. Deputy Headteacher (Learning, Guidance and Support) – ensures the personal development and well-being of Pupil Premium students in the school in close liaison with the Pupil Premium Coordinator and Directors of Learning across the school.
  4. Assistant Headteacher (Curriculum) – ensures that the curriculum is broad and balanced and supports the well-being of disadvantaged students.
  5. Assistant Headteacher (Sixth form) – works with the Raising Standards Leader for the Sixth Form to ensure that disadvantaged students are supported in Years 12 and 13 and receive high quality IAG with respect to careers and progression into higher education.

Middle Leaders

  1. Directors of Learning have an overview of the interventions that are in place for all LEARNER GROUPS across their year. They track the attainment and progress of disadvantaged students and report directly to their LT line manager. Monitoring of disadvantaged students across all of their subjects and focused interventions with Heads of Department. Directors of Learning for Year 10 and 11 work closely with the Pupil Premium Champion and all Directors of Learning to liaise with the Pupil Premium Coordinator.
  2. Heads of Department track the attainment and progress of disadvantaged students across the department and report directly to their LT line manager. They are responsible for ensuring that ‘limitations to progress’ for disadvantaged students are identified in their subject area and that appropriate, focused interventions for disadvantaged students are implemented in their subject area. They drive Teaching and Learning strategies for disadvantaged students in their subject area.
  3. SENCO ensures students with SEN and who are disadvantaged are supported effectively. The SENCO works closely with the relevant Director of Learning and Learning Guidance and Support to ensure that disadvantaged students are tracked and monitored. Learning Support Assistants will know who disadvantaged students are in a class and will support accordingly.

Teachers set high expectations of all students including disadvantaged students. They regularly assess the progress of disadvantaged students and actively seek strategies that promote accelerated and sustained progress for these students. Where gaps in learning are identified they refine their teaching accordingly to make impact on progress.

Pupil Premium Coordinator works to raise the attainment of children eligible for the Pupil Premium by identifying needs, developing, implementing and monitoring the impact of interventions. The role involves:

  • meeting with children and families, both in school and at home
  • highlighting barriers to learning for individuals
  • analysing the performance and attendance of Pupil Premium students with support from the Data Team.
  • working with families to improve attendance at and punctuality to school
  • improving student and parental attendance at school events
  • coordinating the provision of extra-curricular and holiday activities

Pupil Premium Academic Mentor KS4 works by introducing PP interventions with the Year 10 cohort as part of the IAP (I am Precious) scheme. They works closely with the Director of Learning at Key Stage 4 to improve outcomes through focused interventions.

Strategy Statements

To see Great Marlow Schools Pupil Premium Statements from 2018/19 onwards please select from the link(s) below:

Funding Overview

Pupil Premium students in the school (2016-17)

Pupil Premium students  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Total
Number of PP students 27 31 28 24 28 138
% of the year group 11.6 13.4 13.6 11.7 13.6 12.8

Pupil Premium funding 

Financial year  Amount of PP funding 
2014-15 £158,243
2015-16 £156,483
2016-17 £150,665


Academic year  2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
% of PP students 13.4% 13.6% 12.7%
Number of FSM  50 @£935 53 @£935 52 @£935
Ever 6 76 @£935 76 @£935 72 @£935
Number of LAC  3 @£1,900 2 @£1,900 0 @£1,900
Adopted from care 9 @£1,900 12 @£1,900 14 @£1,900
Service children 39 @£300 45 @£300 46 @£300
Total  £158,243 £156,483 £150,665
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