Pupil Premium and Free School Meals
Free School Meals
The school encourages parents/carers to check their eligibility for Free School Meals (FSM). We also assure parents that all matters regarding the use of this fund are treated with discretion and in confidence.
If you believe you are eligible for Free School Meals we would strongly recommend that you apply as this will bring extra funding to the school which will in turn benefit your child. You can apply for FSM using this link:
https://www.bristol.gov.uk/schools-learning-early-years/free-school-meals. If you need any support in completing this form please do not hesitate in contacting your child’s Head of Year.
You could qualify if you are in receipt of:
- Income support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018, your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
If you feel you may be entitled to receive free school meals, please visit the Government website for further information and how to apply.
Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)
The coalition government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) in September 2011 with the purpose of increasing the attainment and aspiration for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Specifically to increase social mobility, enable more students to attend top Universities and to reduce the attainment gap.
How we spend the funding
At Montpelier High School it is our overall aim to ensure that all Pupil Premium students receive high quality teaching and a personalised approach instead of relying on interventions to compensate for teaching that is less than good. We draw on research evidence (e.g. Sutton Trust toolkit) as well as our own evidence to help guide us in selecting the most appropriate strategy. Montpelier High School Pupil Premium students perform well nationally however it is our aim that the progress gap between Montpelier High School Pupil Premium and non Pupil Premium students is closed.
Core Entitlements at Montpelier High School
Each year all Pupil Premium students will benefit from:
- High quality teaching and learning based on the Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme (TEEP).
- Priority and extra personalised focus from staff due to Appraisal Targets being linked to Pupil Premium Students.
- Staff knowing their Pupil Premium students and their barriers to learning so they are able to support individual needs through Provision Mapping.
- Staff being able to effectively and meaningfully reward and recognize positive behaviour, challenge negative behaviour and monitor progress through Class Charts.
- Being selected first and prioritised for opportunities such as leadership, workshops, trips, external events, school led strategies.
- 1 to 1 Careers interviews and guidance.
- Additional support and guidance from Heads of House and the Wellbeing team.
- Enhanced numeracy and literacy support.
- Quality Assurance of our school systems that places the impact on the progress of Pupil Premium student as the driving factor.
- A designated Senior Leader who has a clear overview of spending and who can ensure that the strategy is having maximum impact.
Additional Entitlements at Montpelier High School
Every year the Pupil Premium strategy is evaluated and adapted for the following academic year. In addition to the above entitlements additional strategies are put into place to support our Pupil Premium and FSM students. Alongside the additional strategies we also seek to approve bids and requests in order to support the funding of uniform (priority will always be given to Free School Meal children). The strategy for the year can be found on the links below.
Please click the below link for further Pupil Premium Plus information regarding children in care and previously in care.
Pupil Premium lead: Rachael Jones (Rachael.Jones@montpschool.org)
Named Governor for Children in Care - Debbie England