Pupil Premium Information


Each year the school receives an additional sum of money, above its base budget related to student numbers, to support the learning of students who face barriers to their learning. This additional money is based on the number of students entitled to receive free school meals at any point in the past six years and is known as the Pupil Premium.
Barriers to learning for students for whom the school is in receipt of the Pupil Premium are regularly monitored and evaluated. They include such issues as young people living in crowded homes where it is difficult for them to study in a peaceful environment. Some young people live very turbulent lives and require significant additional support to settle into the routines of school. Many pupils lack confidence in spoken and written English.

This funding is used to contribute to the salaries of Student Support Officers, Intervention Support Officers, Teachers and Teaching Assistants to enable additional support to be provided to students who need it. This can take the form of targeted support and mentoring, and the provision of additional lessons after school and during the holidays. Pupil Premium funding is also used to support students’ participation in extra-curricular learning opportunities, including a highly effective summer school that supports transition from primary to secondary school. Students with low literacy skills are given additional teaching, either one to one or in small groups. Reading age assessments show that this intervention has a very powerful impact for the great majority of students concerned.

Students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding have consistently performed better at Cressex than similar students across the country. In 2015, 45% of Cressex Pupil Premium students achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and mathematics, well above the national average for such students.

Year on year, student attendance has improved such that it is now (2016) above the national average for similar schools and very close to the national average for all secondary schools. Student behaviour and attitudes are also very good, as evidenced by formal lesson observations and reviews, and informal visits to the school (including visits by the parents of prospective students). The school is now fully subscribed or over-subscribed in all year groups with a number of admissions appeals taking place.

2016 Outcomes

There were over 300 students across the school in receipt of pupil premium and the sum allocated in the School Year 2015-2016 was £287 500.

The overall attainment of the pupil premium cohort in 2016 was lower than in the any of the past three years, however the make-up of the group was very different, in terms of the prior attainment of the pupils.  

The figure for the average progress of pupils in the group suggests that they made better progress than similar pupils elsewhere in England, and that they did significantly better than in all but three of the twenty two non-selective schools in Buckinghamshire.

There were thirty one students in the pupil premium cohort in 2015-16, fifteen were girls and sixteen were boys. A quarter of these pupils achieved 5+A*-C (EM) compared with 42% in the whole year group.

It should be noted that there were marked differences between the group of girls in receipt of pupil premium and the boys. Nine of the boys (56.3%) had a special educational need (SEN), including two who had a statement. Only two of the girls (13.3%) had a SEN, neither having a statement. 20% of the girls (3 pupils) had low prior attainment compared with 43.8% (7) of the boys. Unsurprisingly, given this context, the girls’ attainment significantly exceeded that of the boys. 46.7% of girls achieved 5 or more A*-C grades in any five subjects, with the same percentage achieving 5 or more A*-C grades including English and mathematics. 31.25% of the boys achieved 5 or more A*-C grades in any five subjects, with one pupil gaining 5 or more A*-C grades including English and mathematics. Boys performed impressively in mathematics, achieving higher results than the girls: 62.5% gained at least a C grade compared with 53.3% of girls. Girls far outperformed boys in English: 80% gained at least a C grade compared with one boy.  Eight further boys gained a D in English. Given their low starting point, this represented the positive outcome of intensive additional support for a number of these boys.

Current Academic Year (2016-17)

The pupil premium sum allocated to Cressex for the current year is £284 240. It is intended to spend the allocation in a similar way to that indicated in the “background” section above as the needs of students remain broadly similar from year to year. Impact measures will also remain the same. The strategy for spending the pupil premium will be reviewed within the budget setting round for 2017-18.