Pupil Premium

Our intention is that all pupils, irrespective of their background or the challenges they face, make good progress and achieve high attainment across the curriculum, particularly in EBacc subjects. Our pupil premium plan links directly to our school’s strategic three-year intents, namely to:

1.    Ensure children have the tools they need to be self-motivated learners.

2.    Ensure expansion brings about greater opportunity, choice and success for our community.

3.    Embed an inclusive culture where practice and relationships truly foster belonging

The focus of our pupil premium strategy is to support disadvantaged pupils to achieve these goals, including strong progress for those who are already high attainers. We will consider the challenges faced by vulnerable pupils, such as those who have a social worker and young carers. The activity we have outlined in this statement is also intended to support their needs, regardless of whether they are disadvantaged or not.

High-quality teaching is at the heart of our approach, with a focus on areas in which disadvantaged pupils require the most support. This is proven to have the greatest impact on closing the disadvantage attainment gap and at the same time will benefit the non-disadvantaged pupils in our school. Implicit in the intended outcomes detailed below, is the intention that non-disadvantaged pupils’ attainment will be sustained and improved alongside progress for their disadvantaged peers.

Our strategy is also integral to wider school plans for education recovery, notably in its targeted support through the National Tutoring Programme for pupils whose education has been worst affected, including non-disadvantaged pupils.   

Our approach will be responsive to common challenges and individual needs, rooted in robust diagnostic assessment, not assumptions about the impact of disadvantage. The approaches we have adopted complement each other to help pupils excel. To ensure they are effective we will:

  • ensure disadvantaged pupils are challenged in the work that they are set
  • act early to intervene at the point need is identified

The Pupil Premium is calculated according to the number of children from low-income families who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) now or at any point in the last 6 years; who have been Looked after Children (LAC); and Service children. As a school, we continually strive to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our students and appropriate provision is in place for those who need it most. This funding enables us to focus on some of our most vulnerable learners, utilising different strategies which promote achievement and develop character. 

All schools are held accountable for how the Pupil Premium has been used and measures are included in the performance tables that capture the achievement of our students.

Overview of eligible students in our school - Updated December 2022 

The information below outlines the percentage of students at USH who are eligible

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Whole School
Current Free School Meals 27.2% 33.8% 25.5% 20.6% 30.6% 27.5%
Pupil Premium 30.6% 36.1% 30.1% 23.4% 33.3% 30.7%
FSM Ever 6 30.1% 35.2% 29.2% 22.4% 32.2% 29.8%
Looked After Children 0.5% 0.5% 1.4% 0.0% 2.8% 1%
Service Children 0.5% 0.5% 0.5% 0.5% 0.0% 0.4%

The Funding for 2022/23

The school has received funding of £271,332 for students who were eligible in 2022/23. The funding will be spent as follows:

USH Pupil Premium Allocation
Use of Pupil Premium funding 2022/23
Quality First Teaching £92,000
Targeted Academic Support £55,500
Wider Strategies £124,000


It is the Headteacher’s responsibility to produce termly reports to the Governing Body, highlighting progress and impact. ‘Students eligible for the Pupil Premium’ is a standing item on all agendas.  The Hamwic Trust also complete a yearly review into the achievement of eligible students.

USH Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2022-3