Pupil Premium & Special Grants


Disadvantaged Students

 Our College is committed to ensuring that every individual student is given the best possible chance of making excellent progress and so achieve their potential. Disadvantaged Students funding is allocated to every school based on numbers of students known to be eligible for free school meals, students who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years, students who have been looked after in care, children who have left local authority care due to adoption, special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or residence order and children of service personnel. Each school can decide how to allocate this additional funding to best ensure each student thrives and makes excellent progress in their learning.


Year Group


Year 7


Year 8


Year 9


Year 10


Year 11





Total Student population in Years 7 – 11 = 1078

Disadvantaged Students = 233 – 21.6% of student population.

Kingsbridge Community College was allocated £192,932 for the school year 2017-18. We have prioritised the use of pupil premium as follows:

For individual need as appropriate

 1.     KS4:


  • Weekly individual small group maths tutoring
  • Weekly English tutoring
  • Study events in Maths and English
  • Vocational courses
  • Tuition for students requiring English as an additional language
  • Specific mentoring groups run by Assistant Principals to raise achievement and aspirations (Star Academy)
  • After college supported study sessions
  • Review of every students timetable in year 11 and re-coursing as needed
  • Offsite educational, specialist provision.
  • 1:1 tuition for individuals who are unwell, school phobic or below target grades in key areas.
  • To create a learning café for Year 11 students 3 evenings a week to provide targeted intervention, revision sessions and support. In a variety of subjects and a planned Easter holiday revision programme.
  • Progress coaching (weekly intensive tracking and intervention)
  • Pastoral Support
  • Literacy Café
  • Support for students to attend next steps visits/interviews at College or work places.
  • To provide study materials
  • Aspirational events for high prior attainers
  • Careers support and 1:1 careers meetings


2.     KS3:


  • Alternative curriculum enrichment programme (ACE)
  • Literacy tutoring (Years 7 – 9)
  • Literacy extraction groups (Years 7 and 8)
  • Additional Maths support in class (Years 7 – 9)
  • Tuition for students requiring English as an additional language
  • Self-esteem outdoor education courses
  • Music tuition
  • Eyes on You monitoring initiative
  • Pastoral Support


 3.     Support


  • Education Welfare Officer – to focus on students below 90% attendance.
  • Independent careers advice and guidance
  • Pastoral Support Worker at KCC
  • Mentors within the College
  • Challenge the Gap Project in Year 8 (to include 6th form students as mentors)
  • Progress Coaches
  • Cost of study materials, e.g. study guides, maths equipment
  • Transport home after revision sessions
  • Additional hours for progress co-ordinators to track student progress
  • Curriculum trip support
  • Student progress plans for all  pupil premium students to be shared with staff
  • Counselling
  • Text coaching project to mentor students
  • Support with uniform costs and school equipment
  • Supported study in the Loft facility
  • Individualised timetables
  • After College study club


 4.     Enrichment:


  • Challenge Week opportunities
  • Run aspirational events e.g. University trips.
  • Full and varied extra-curricular programme
  • Support to ensure every child has access to all additional opportunities by the College.


 Disadvantaged Students Budget







Additional Tuition








English Tuition


Educational Welfare


English Tuition Reviews


Eyes on Initiative


Learning Café


Progress Co-ordinators


Careers Service




Challenge the Gap Project


Progress Coaches


Literacy extraction Key Stage 3


Home Learning Support


Maths tuition


Star Academy


Additional Mentoring






Extra enrichment support


Music Lessons


Vocational Learning






College Improvement Plan

As part of our whole college strategic improvement plan we have a detailed section to help everyone at the college move towards the aim of all disadvantaged students making at least 4 levels of progress and so doing as well as if not better, than non-disadvantaged students.


Key focus points include:


Challenge the Gap


  • To continue our work and learning from the Challenge Partners Challenge the Gap Programme where we have been a National Facilitation School. We plan to build a school team to trial new pedagogical practice with Year 8 disadvantaged students and share best practice across the College.


 Monitoring Progress


  • Rigorous monitoring of progress of all disadvantaged students at each data point. Every member of staff to be accountable for their progress in preparation for raising standards meetings with team leaders. Team Leaders to be accountable for disadvantaged student progress in monitoring meetings. Interventions to help increase progress to be put in place according to individual needs.




  • All Year 11 disadvantaged students to have a progress coach if not making at least expected progress.
  • All Year 8 disadvantaged students to have a weekly meeting with 6th form mentor as part of Challenge the Gap programme.  


  • Raise Awareness of disadvantaged students’ agenda across the College.


  • ‘Keep Me in Mind’ – disadvantaged students to be top priority for all. All teams to have a page in their improvement plans to increase progress and support learning for this target groups of students.
  • All disadvantaged students interviewed and a profile about their barriers to learning and aspirations shared with all teachers.
  • Tutors pro-active in encouraging participation and contacting home for all disadvantaged students at least twice a year.




  • Additional tutoring in Maths and English – priority for disadvantaged students.




  • College to participate in half-termly pupil premium  co-ordinators South West forum to share best practice.
  • Regular staff input on best practice teaching and learning strategies to increase progress.


Outcomes 2016-17


GCSE Results

29 disadvantaged students in Year 11.

All our Year 11 disadvantaged students had a progression plan and are in full time education, training or employment.

All our disadvantaged students attended our after college learning café, were provided with revision guides, personalised timetable where appropriate and were offered an individual progress coach

English              Grade 4                        79%      Likely to be well above the national pass

                                                                         Rate for non-disadvantaged students

                         Grade 5                        59%


Maths               Grade 4                        72%


                        Grade 5                        38%


The attainment of the 29 disadvantaged students in Year 11 showed a substantial improvement on previous years with 72% of disadvantaged students achieving English and Maths at at least Grade 4.


The gap between non-disadvantaged students and disadvantaged students in the basics measure is 13% (a 1% increase on 2016 results). It is very likely that this excellent GCSE pass rate for our disadvantaged students will be close to the pass rate nationally for all students; a very pleasing trend that has been maintained in two years.



Year 10

English and Maths                      Grade 4                        73%



Year 9

English and Maths                      Grade 4 plus                 78%



Key Stage Years 7 and 8



Year 7

Year 8






Making good progress





Making exceptional progress








Additional staff were employed to support lessons and provide 1:1 and 1:3 small group tuition. Maths Clinics and 6th form mentoring ran every lunchtime.



25 disadvantaged students were extracted from lessons for literacy support. 85% of students made significant progress in reading comprehension, single word reading and spelling.

ACE – Alternative Curriculum Entitlement – 63% of sessions were for disadvantaged students with the aim of  improving emotional and behaviour functioning so that students can engage with learning in the mainstream classroom.


Other Outcomes

AQA unit awards

18 students across the year groups have worked on the AQA unit awards in a wide variety of topics from health and hygiene to basic computer skills.


Challenge the Gap

As part of this drive for excellence, the College has been a facilitation school for a national project named ‘Challenge the Gap’.  The aim of this project is for schools to work collaboratively to close the attainment gap between Free School Meal students and non Free School Meal students.  The programme supports the learning of an identified cohort of students aiming to accelerate their progress through specific interventions. This year we are focusing on Year 8 students in preparation for their GCSE courses starting in September 2017.


Applying for Free School Meals

If you feel you could be eligible for free school meals, it is very simple to apply and takes only moments to do. Simply telephone Devon County Council on 0845 155 1019 and give your national insurance number and your child’s date of birth. You will be told immediately if you are eligible and the next steps in the process. Alternatively apply on line at www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals. Please contact the College if you require support to do this.