Pupil Premium and 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.


  FSM /6 Forces LAC Total
Year 7 21 21 3 - 45
Year 8 17 32 2 - 52
Year 9 15 20 5 - 40
Year 10 26 18 3 1 48
Year 11 17 14 8 - 39
Totals 96 105 21 1 224


Total Student population in Years 7 – 11 = 1289

Disadvantaged Students = 224 – 17% of student population


Kingsbridge Community College was allocated £171,790 for the school year 2016-17. 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 3 evenings a week 
  1. 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
  • Pony therapy on Dartmoor
  • Music tuition
  • Eyes on You monitoring initiative
  • Pastoral Support


  1. Support
  • Education Welfare Officer – to focus on students below 90% attendance.
  • Independent careers advice and guidance
  • Parent Support Advisor
  • 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


  1. Enrichment:
  • Key Stage 3 Passport: to ensure every child has access to all the opportunities provided by the College.
  • Challenge Week opportunities
  • Run aspirational events e.g. University trips.
  • Full and varied extra-curricular programme


Disadvantaged Students Budget


ACE 6,000
Additional Tuition 5,000
Awards 4,000
Chances 9,000
Counselling 5,000
English Tuition 15,000
Educational Welfare 9,000
Eyes on Initiative 12,000
Learning Café 9,000
Progress Co-ordinators 11,000
Careers Service 5,000
Laptops 3,000
Challenge the Gap Project 4,970
Progress Coaches 2,000
Literacy extraction 25,000
Home Learning Support 4,000
Maths tuition 20,000
Star Academy 5,000
Additional Mentoring 2,000
Loft 10,000
Uniform 500.00
Extra enrichment support 10,000
Music Lessons Year 9 2,000
Vocational Learning 3,000
Total: £171,790


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 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 group.
  • 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.
  • Disadvantaged students as a module in College joint professional development in-house training programme.


2016/17 Outcome




Key Stage 4

Year 11            21 disadvantaged students



Progress English 3+ levels English 4+ levels Maths 3+ levels Maths 4+ levels
  KCC National2015 KCC National2015 KCC National KCC National
All students 96% 69% 79% 30% 80% 65% 44% 30%
Disadvantaged Students 86%   67%   55%   20%  
Non disadvantaged students 98%   80%   83%   57%  


Maths20 Year 11 students had additional 1:1 maths tuition. 15 of these improved their grade as a result. We also held lunchtime clinics, Maths learning café and increased in-class support. English18 Year 11 students had additional 1:3 tuition. 13 improved their grade as a result. We also held weekly controlled assessment clinics, English learning café and increased in-class support.  
Progress – All Subjects 3+ levels 4+ levels
All students 85% 59%
Disadvantaged students 79% 53%
Non disadvantaged students 91% 63%
 All 21 students attended the After College Learning Café where sessions were offered in 11 subject areas. Transport was provided home to enable them to attend. All 21 students were provided with revision guides and offered a progress coach.6 students were given a laptop to support their learning.9 students were provided with additional 1:1 tuition. 1 student attended Chances Support Services 1 day a week to work on anger/emotional issues to enable engagement at school. All grades improved, no fixed term exclusions once intervention began and College place secured.1 student had a bespoke package of tutoring within the College and at a local Youth Centre. He was offered vocational packages and trialled time at Chances. He had daily support meetings and weekly 2 hour counselling plus YSmart input. No NEET students from this group (not in Education, Employment or Training)


The attainment of the 21 disadvantaged students in Year 11 showed a substantial improvement on the previous year.  5A*-C including English and Maths 
  KCC National
All students 79% 55% 2015
Disadvantaged students 67% 36%  2015
 Attainment gap is 12% (reduced from a 28% gap in 2014/15). It is likely that this excellent GCSE pass rate for our disadvantaged students will be close to the pass rate nationally for all students which we are very proud of.
Value Added Scores 
  2014School       National 2015School       National 2016School     National
Free School Meals 995.2           977.5 1012.4        976.7 1007.2
Non Free School Meals 1037.4         1007.8 1038.2       1008.4 1046.2
 We are particularly pleased that in the vast majority of disadvantaged students are exceeding national data.  43% of our disadvantaged students achieved the EBAC qualification (national figure for all students 22.9% 2015). This is evidence that our students experience a broad and balanced curriculum that enables them to be extremely successful.  Year 10Internal data shows excellent progress for disadvantaged students. 
All Subjects 3+ Levels 4+ Levels
Disadvantaged students 77% 55%
Non-disadvantaged students 97% 68%
Gap -20 -13
 Year 9Students in Year 9 begin the full GCSE programme of study. 
All Subjects 3+ Levels 4+ Levels
Disadvantaged students 95% 59%
Non-disadvantaged students 96% 73%
Gap -1 -14
 As students enter Year 10 some disadvantaged students will have personalised timetables to create supported study time.  

Our increased interventions in Year 7 and Year 8 show their success in the results below


Year 8

All Subjects English3+ sub levels progress Maths3+ sub levels
Disadvantaged students 66% 69%
Non-disadvantaged students 67% 80%
Gap -1 -11
 Year 7 
All Subjects English1+ sub levels progress Maths1+ sub level
Disadvantaged students 69% 80%
Non-disadvantaged students 71% 78%
Gap -2 2
KS3 MathsAdditional 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. KS3 English21 disadvantaged students were extracted for literacy for 2 x 50 minute individual sessions weekly or were taught in a small group. Staff and 6th form students provided paired reading twice weekly and a parent reading support scheme was introduced in Years 7 and 8. 57% made 19+ months reading comprehension gain.10% made 13+ months gain in single word spelling. 30% made 19+ months gain in single word reading. Impact of Whole College Support for Disadvantaged Students Careers GuidanceAll disadvantaged students have an individual careers and guidance interview in Year 10 and 11. All students had a successful planned progression route. No NEET students (not in Education, Employment for Training). Parent Support Advisor supported 9 disadvantaged families. 5 of these were complex cases and in all instances the students access to learning and progress improved and families were more engaged with school. Music 10 Year 8 students have 1 x 30 minute individual music lessons and participate in extra-curricular music activities. Vocational Learning2 Year 11 students from this cohort attended the local college to complete a vocational course and have secured places there for 2016-17. This intervention increased their attendance at KCC on the remaining days.  Progress Coaching6 week allocation to an adult mentor to challenge progress and bring a focus on overcoming barriers to learning.Years 9 – 11, All disadvantaged students were offered a progress coach – all improved grades and engagemen The LoftSupervised, supported study for students who do not attend all lessons, e.g. school refusal, illness, bereavement, amended timetable.17 disadvantaged students from Years 9 – 11 attended the Loft.  They had personalised timetables and individualised support.Pastoral Support19 disadvantaged students met with our pastoral support worker and another 5 with an adult mentor. In all cases engagement/attendance improved. Educational WelfareAll disadvantaged students below 90% met with EWO with family. This was monitored weekly. Disadvantaged student attendance 94.2% compared to 95.4% for other students. ACE (alternative curriculum)10 students attended these specialist sessions weekly to build self-esteem, social skills and confidence. This helped in building trust with adults, making friendships, making decisions independently and engagement in school life. Boxall profile scores increased for all who attended. Counselling8disadvantaged students worked weekly with a counsellor providing coping strategies for school life in the midst of mental health/high anxiety.Mindfulness8 students joined a 10 week mindfulness course run to help provide relaxation techniques. Additional Tuition3 tutors were employed to support students finding access to school very difficult. 1 Year 11 student was tutored at home and at an alternative provision to keep him in education.THRIVE6 students were part of our Thrive Programme having a weekly session to work on areas of development needs.

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.