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What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. Since April 2015, the premium has been worth £935 and goes to students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); £1,900 goes to any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £300 goes to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.


How many students at Rivington and Blackrod High School are eligible for the Pupil Premium?

Approximately 29.5% of students at Rivington & Blackrod High School are eligible for the Pupil Premium. Numbers on roll currently – 1701. Total of students after January reduction on PP was 503 students.


Eligibility for Pupil Premium

The school is only eligible to claim Pupil Premium funding to help support and develop the education of a child, if parents and carers are in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Child tax credit, provided that they are not entitled to working tax credit and have an annual taxable income that does not exceed £16,169
  • Income based job seekers allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Supported under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999


How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?

To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium. At Rivington and Blackrod High School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.


Pupil Premium Spend

Pupil Premium Grant value for 2017–2018 is £408,595.


Our funding priorities for 2017-18 fall into five key objectives:

  1. Learning in the curriculum: These actions are intended to affect directly performance in the classroom.
  1. Behaviour, Emotional & Social Development: These actions are intended to address barriers to learning.
  2. Enrichment beyond the curriculum: These actions are intended to extend the learning offer beyond the curriculum and/or to provide a safe place between school and home.
  3. Families and communities: These actions are intended to help parents provide better support to their children by engaging them in their children’s learning and/or providing them with the knowledge and skills to do so effectively.
  4. Alternative learning pathways and curricula: This provision comprises of alternatives for students who are having difficulties with the traditional learning pathways.

The appendix here outlines Pupil Premium Strategy against the five key objectives – 2017/18


Summer School 2017

We ran a pupil premium/ transition summer school (Rivi Explorers) for two weeks from the 31st July until and inclusive of the 11th August 2017. The young people who attended summer school, participated in the following activities:

  • Art and Design: Designed and made a summer school achievement medal and produced a Jackson Pollock inspired 3D relief painting of the school
  • Drama: Completed a series of theme inspired workshops focused on developing individual pupil's communication skills and confidence levels
  • Sports/ outward bound activities: Pupils took part in a range of team building and sporting activities, including mountain biking and orienteering around Rivington country park and archery
  • Enrichment trips: Trips to both Brockholes Nature Reserve and Rivington Terrance Gardens, allowed pupils to learn bush craft and survival skills, whilst exploring their surrounding local history. 
  • A reward trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Throughout the week, the young people worked as a team, developing and exploring new skills in both teamwork and leadership roles - this helped them to make friends as they worked to collect rewards points. A celebration rewards assembly was held on Friday 11th August 2017 which recognised individual pupil's achievements. It was a fun two weeks for all young people who attended with lots of learning having taken place. 


Rivington & Blackrod 2017 Activity Survey Data 

Pupil Premium



In Post 16 Placement



In 6th Form, College, Employment or Apprenticeship



In NEET/Illness/Refused to Disclose






The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 students who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).

 All schools have to report on how this money was spent, as well as the impact of the premium to those pupils who are eligible.


Year 7 Catch Up Premium Funding Overview 2017/18- Click here

 Year 7 Catch Up Premium Funding Action Plan 2018/19- Click here