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Pupil P​remium and Catch up Funding

At Handsworth Grange Community Sports College (HGCSC) we recognise the importance of ensuring all pupils, whatever their background or circumstance, are provided with a quality and relevant education. This will ensure that all pupils are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in life beyond School.

Pupil Premium funding was introduced in April 2011 and is additional funding that the government gives to schools for each pupil on roll where they are deemed to be disadvantaged. Pupil Premium funding of £935 per pupil is allocated to pupils deemed to be from low income families who are registered for Free School Meals (FSM), or have been at any point in the last six years, together with pupils who have previously been in care (post-Looked After Children). In addition to this, pupils from Service Families are allocated £300 per pupil.  The proportion of FSM6 pupils, for whom Pupil Premium funding supports currently stands at 33%.  

The literacy and numeracy Catch-up Premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each year 7 pupil who did not achieve the expected standard (100) in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 in order to provide effective and appropriate intervention to help close the literacy and numeracy gap for these children. We have employed three Primary School literacy and numeracy specialist teachers to help close the literacy and numeracy gaps for pupils as soon as they arrive with us in Year 7.

Interventions for Pupil Premium/Catch-Up Premium pupils are included as part of our whole school 'Closing the Gap' strategy. The strategy includes:

  • A bespoke specialist pathway for Catch-Up Literacy/Numeracy starting in Year 7 and continuing through to Year 11 as appropriate, including many Pupil Premium, Least Able, SEND and EAL pupils.
  • Appointment of whole school Closing the Gap Co-ordinators to drive the reduction of gaps in pupil progress through:
    • Quality First Teaching. Developing strategies to ensure all pupils get the best possible learning opportunities, every lesson. Lead staff share QFT methods and promote high expectations and stretch and challenge for all pupils.
    • Early identification of pupil underperformance, absence and/or increased behaviour incidents. Where pupils have fallen behind, we involve a wide range of staff to support the needs of individuals such as Teaching Staff, Pastoral/Inclusion (Heads of Year, EWO, Behavioural Psychologist and Learning Mentors) and Support Staff, in addition to outside agencies. Families/Carers play an important role in supporting pupils to engage in the support offered.
    • Staff CPD. Specialist CtG Co-ordinators and Lead Teachers support staff to meet the needs of all pupils through training and sharing best practice.

Closing the Gap for Pupil Premium Pupils - Outcomes 2016-17:

  • A sustained number of pupils secured further education, employment or training upon leaving school in 2017 (100%). Since 2012/13 the number of Disadvantaged pupils in further education, employment and/or training has been above National figures.
  • The quality of teaching and learning continues to improve, with more pupils making at least expected progress in lessons. Planning, delivery and feedback has focused on Pupil Premium and other Closing the Gap pupils. 88% of teaching is secure.

Positive Pupil Premium Outcomes for 2016-17 include:

  • Improved Pupil Premium Progress 8 score to +0.62 from +0.34 in 2015-16
  • Percentage 9-5 in English and maths plus 3 other subjects is 17.3%.

Outcomes for Year 11 PP v Non-PP pupils 2016-17:

Number of Pupils19472122
Progress 8+0.810.620.91
% 9-5 in Eng & Maths & 3+29.9017.3037.80
% 9-4 in Eng & Maths55.2037.3067.20
Attainment 847.1038.6051.60

Catch-Up Premium Impact 2016-17:

  • 36% of the 89 Year 7 pupils entering the school below 100 (Expected Standard at Key Stage 2) for reading and maths improved their reading ages.
Pupil Premium Grant and Catch-Up Premium Funding Allocations

Pupil Premium Grant 2016-172017-18
Amount received per pupil£935£935
Total amount received£343,445£341,742


Year 7 Catch-Up Premium Grant 2016-172017-18*
Amount received per pupil£500£500
Total amount received£31,000£32,000*


Total amount of funding received£374,445£373,742*

*estimated allocation. We will not have confirmation of this until after Census January 2018.

At Handsworth Grange Community Sports College we aim to continue to develop robust intervention strategies, all of which are designed to support each individual pupil to achieve their full potential. Our aim is to narrow and ultimately 'close the gap' between different groups of pupils so that all pupils have the best possible life chances and choices available to them upon leaving school.

Below is a link to our 'Closing the Gap' strategy and policy which outlines the methods we are using to support Pupil Premium/Catch-Up Premium pupils, the spending that was allocated for 2015-16 and estimated expenditure/income for 2016-17. Pupil Premium and Catch-Up Premium Grants are used to support all elements of the strategy.

The Pupil Premium/Closing the Gap strategy will be updated in October 2017, following data validation.


The school won a regional award and were National Finalists in the Pupil Premium Awards 2015. Handsworth Grange Community Sports College has been recognised as one of the most improved schools in the country in terms of attainment and value added progress of our disadvantaged pupils (since 2011).



Closing the Gap – Staff Enquiries:   Telephone 0114 2694801 (Reception)

CohortLead StaffEmail Contact
Pupil Premium

Steph McCoy

Assistant Headteacher / CtG Strategic Lead



Attendance and Behaviour

Sally Ruczenczyn

Assistant Headteacher / Inclusion & Pastoral Lead

SENDJoanne Brocklesby



Marianna Cagova

EAL Co-ordinator

High Ability

Lewis Haubus

HA Co-ordinator

Closing the Gap Pathway

Jane Lovett

CtG Pathway Subject Leader



Abi Foster

Literacy Co-ordinator


Sarah Wright

Numeracy Co-ordinator/ CtG Maths





Boys' Progress

Looked After Children

Cath Hartley

Senior Teaching Assistant / Vulnerable Pupil Support 


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