Pupil Premium


Pupil premium is additional funding provided by the Coalition Government to enhance the education of key groups. It is paid to schools for each student who:

  • Is recorded as being eligible for Free School Meals in the last 6 years (Ever6 FSM)
  • Is looked after (CLA)
  • Is a Service Child; has a parent serving in the armed forces (SC).

For the Financial Year 2012-13 the school received £42,118. However, £68,951 from the school budget was committed to this whole school initiative.


At Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College we are committed to supporting all our students to achieve their personal best and to overcome barriers to learning. For students from groups who are vulnerable to underachievement, we endeavour, where possible, to ensure they meet or exceed their expected levels of progress and attainment and achieve at least as well as their peers. This is so we maximise the life choices that these students have as they move on to the next stage in their development either in the workplace, at college, or within a Sixth Form environment.

A Rapidly Closing Gap

At Tarporley High School & Sixth Form College, we have a whole school commitment to closing the achievement gap between students for whom the school is in receipt of Pupil Premium and their peers. This whole school plan is now in its fourth year and outcomes clearly indicate that the gap is rapidly narrowing and will close.

This closing trend is best exemplified in the significant improvement in value added measures from Key Stage 2 (end of primary school) to Key Stage 4 (GCSE Year 11), where the gap has been reversed: students for whom the school is in receipt of Pupil Premium performing better than their peers in 2013.

KS2 – KS4   value added




In School   Gap






Whole School Priority

In pursuit of our aim to close the gap, in 2010, governors set as a whole school priority “Narrowing the Gap”, specifically the gap in educational attainment that has been identified nationally and locally between this group of children and young people and their peers.

The Pupil Premium provides an additional resource to support this priority. We are required to publish a statement of how the Pupil Premium is spent, which follows:

Pupil Premium Statement

In 2012-13, the Pupil Premium was spent in creative and practical ways to support entitled students in school and to provide them with opportunities that may not always have been available to them. At Tarporley, this funding is specifically targeted at the Pupil Premium group of students.  As appropriate, funding was used to provide:

  • Teaching Assistant led small group work
  • 1:1 Teaching Assistant support
  • Targeted literacy and numeracy support
  • Enrichment activities, including Wednesday after school enrichment support where half the cost of chargeable activities is met
  • A contribution to school residential trips
  • Resources for students who require help with learning across the curriculum. The full cost of curriculum related resources such as revision books and specialist equipment is met.

This support is monitored and led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team, to ensure that targeted support leads to the improved academic progress of students within this cohort.