St James School

Pupil Premium

  • The St James summer school runs for a week towards the end of the summer holidays and is for year 7 pupils starting in September. The aim is for students to feel at home in their school environment and to make the transition from primary to secondary school as seamless as possible.During the course of the week the students are introduced to a variety of activities such as:
    • Getting to know you games so they start school having got to know some students in their year group.
    • Drama games – acting out a variety of scenarios that they may encounter in the first few weeks at secondary school and with the help of the staff, know how to cope and deal effectively in difficult situations.
    • Hopes and fears. The students explain their fears about starting school which the staff work through so that by the end of the week, the fears have mostly disappeared.
    • Believe and achieve. The students are taught what to expect on a day to day basis at school and introduced to activities they will able to take part in higher up the school regardless of background such as Ten Tors, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and representing the school in a variety of ways.
    • Physical activities. There is always time for team games and sport in the sport hall.
    • Confidence building. At the end of the week, the students present their work to parents and carers and receive a certificate of achievement.
    • Healthy eating. Students are provided with breakfast, lunch and healthy snacks throughout the day. We aim to get the students to try new food and to eat healthily throughout the week.
    • Fully equipped. The students are provided with a pencil case with all the equipment they need to start school.
    • Ready to start. The week normally takes place during GCSE results week so the pupils can see what will be in store for them in the coming years. The aim is that the pupils leave summer school ready and able to take part fully in school life.

Pupil Premium 2017-2018


Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil premium funding is additional funding given to schools to support their disadvantaged students and help close the attainment gap between them and their peers.

The pupil premium provides funding for students:

  • Who have been in receipt of free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
  • Who have bee continually looked after for at least the last 6 months
  • Who are from families where one or more parents are currently in the British armed forces
  • Meet the eligibility for Early Years Pupil Premium.

You can find out more about the Government rational behind the funding by visiting:

All schools are held accountable for what they spend on the pupil premium money on, and are expected to report on their spending and the impact it has had. The funding should support students to both achieve academically and access cultural and enrichment opportunities the school has to offer

St James School Ethos:

The Pupil premium spending at St James is designed to ensure our vision and cultural aspirations translate into a reality for all our young people; no young person should be left behind.

Believe and Achieve

Believe in yourself, believe in each other, achieve together.

St James is a thriving, diverse and proud community. As an inclusive and committed team
we are positively and diligently raising standards. Our aim is to ensure all our students
leave with excellent outcomes, exciting post-16 destinations and a range of skills and
experiences to enable them to be happy and successful in the future. 

We promise to develop students who:

  • Inspire each other to achieve and experience great things
  • Are confident enough to be individually resilient and collectively interdependent
  • Have a sense of self-worth and are respectful and open to the world around them
  • Enjoy life and want to explore it by experiencing new things

At St James we believe that every student has an entitlement to enjoy a range of experiences and enrichment opportunities alongside their academic studies. The 10 experiences we believe every student should have the opportunity to participate in before they leave school are as follows:

  1. Represent the school
  2. Visit an art gallery, or museum; see a theatre show or watch a world class sporting event
  3. Be politically engaged, with for example, a visit to the houses of parliament or a political institution and/or meeting a politician
  4. Present or perform to an audience of peers (i.e. assembly)
  5. Engage in a wide variety of sporting and leisure activities including having completed an adventurous hike and engaged in the local surroundings
  6. Complete meaningful work experience with a local employer
  7. Volunteer for a charity – giving time, raising awareness or fundraising
  8. Work with a local bank and be aware of financial products and money issues
  9. Communicate with students in another school in a different part of the world and find shared ideas about their school life
  10. Read widely to broaden knowledge of literature and the world, to include a broadsheet newspaper, a journal/piece of academic literature, a Shakespeare test and a novel.

Pupil Premium at St James


Academic Achievement of DS students in 2016-2017


  2017 All 2016 All 2017


2016 DS 2017 HPA DS 2016 HPA DS
Progress 8 +0.15 +0.27 -0.11 +0.10 -0.04 +0.17
Progress Eng +0.11 +0.24 -0.22 +0.24 -0.14 +0.08
Progress Maths +0.39 +0.58 +0.25 +0.23 +0.46 +0.28
Progress EBACC +0.32 +0.10 -0.06 -0.45 +0.47 +0.21
Progress open -0.17 +0.23 -0.34 +0.30 -0.81 +0.11
Attainment 8 47.05 53.28 38.06


47,12 53.08 65
% Basics 9-5 45% N/A 25% N/A 63% N/A
% Basic 9-4 68% 77% 45% 62% 88% 100%
% EBACC (standard pass) 39% 43% 16% 26% 37.5% 83.33%
% EBACC (strong pass) 35% N/A 14% N/A   N/A


St James Pupil Premium Funding 2017-2018

Total funding for St James in the academic year is predicted to be £252, 915.

  Total no of students in receipt of PP funding Ever 6 CIC/LAC/ Former LACK Services
Year 7 58 54 2 2
Year 8 66 64 0 2
Year 9 63 57 2 4
Year 10 56 53 1 2
Year 11 35 30 4 1


Please note figures for funding and number of students are correct of September 2017; there is likely to be some adjustment due to student movement throughout the academic year.



Key Objectives for students in receipt of the Pupil Premium spending 2017-2018

At St James, we have six key objectives for improving the attainment and cultural experiences of our Pupil premium students in 2017-2018 as set out in our Pupil premium development plan.

  1. To develop a curriculum that develops students’ study skills and note taking ability. This includes ensuring all departments plan opportunities for extended writing for all students of all abilities.
  2. Improve outcomes for DS HPA students so it is in line or better than progress of other HPA students in the year and raise aspirations of all DS students.
  3. Embed enrichment fully into the curriculum and ensure that all DS students have an equality of opportunity to participate in all relevant activities.
  4. To ensure the classwork of DS students is effectively assessed to promote progress and that work scrutiny/ data review focuses on the progress of PP students.
  5. To ensure the leadership of the pupil premium strategy is effective and staffing is in place to support specific DS students.
  6. To improve parental engagement of DS students at school events and parent support evening such as parents’ evenings.

Our pupil premium development plan’s implementation and review is overseen by an SLT lead, and promotes a whole school approach to the support of our DS students.

In order to support our key priorities and the development plan, money have been allocated to the following areas:

Budget Money will be allocated to:
Enrichment and Cultural Opportunities


Outdoor Education opportunities, targeted guest speakers and supporting the school breakfast club


Curriculum Support


 Ingredients, revision software, revision guides, additional subject specific equipment and materials.
Academic Mentoring and 1:1


University mentoring, higher education opportunities, and targeted Maths and Literacy support (led by teachers).
Equipment support


Uniform, IT resources and Outdoor Education equipment.
Music Tuition


1;1 Tuition and group tuition.
Transition and Summer School


Year 6 to 7 Summer school, additional visits/ support for students and supporting pre transition day.
Parental Engagement


Parental Engagement activities


Coachbright mentoring programme.


Additional Funding for activities/ events/ students to ensure all have access to academic and cultural activities.


Attendance and welfare support; pastoral support; additional expertise/ smaller class sizes in Maths and English specialist tutoring; careers support ;transition support (pre year 7 and post 16); Pupil Premium lead SLT


Additional money has been allocated to CIC and Inclusion.