Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a grant allocated to children from low-income families who are, or have been, eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years (FSM/Ever 6), children of service personnel and children who have been looked-after continuously for more than 6 months (CLA).

At Dormston School we believe that every pupil should be given the opportunity to achieve to the best of their ability. Education is absolutely crucial to the life chances of all young people, so we take the responsibility of ensuring that each pupil has access to a high quality provision very seriously. We recognise that children come from different backgrounds and receive varying levels of support at home. We believe that all pupils should be encouraged to aim high and we actively seek to establish a positive ethos based on the simple principle that every pupil should try their best and that the pupil premium is used effectively to remove some of the barriers that pupils within our school may face.

Main barriers to educational achievement

The purpose of the pupil premium funding is to improve the attainment and progress of eligible pupils and close the gap between them and their wealthier peers (both in-school and nationally).  Whilst making decisions about pupil premium spending it is important to consider the context of Dormston School and the subsequent challenges faced by pupils. The main barriers include; lower literacy and numeracy levels, reduced pupil and parent engagement with school and learning, low aspirations, more frequent vulnerabilities and behavioural issues, attendance and punctuality concerns and funding for curriculum based trips. 

Whilst establishing the most appropriate interventions for eligible pupils, reference has been made to the Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit which suggests the best results are achieved from promoting metacognition, improving purposeful feedback, utilising pastoral interventions and giving access to first class teaching and resources.


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19th July

Staffing Update

We are pleased to inform you that we have successfully recruited another Science Teacher; Mrs Pajaj who will be starting with us in September 2019. You can find out more about Mrs Pajaj in our September/October Update Sheet. Mrs Vyse, Science Teacher who joined us in April 2019 will however unfortunately be leaving us in July 2019 due to personal commitments. Dance Teacher, Miss Knight who was with us on a temporary basis will also sadly be leaving us. We will also be saying goodbye to Mr Lee, Head of Maths in July 2019 as he has been promoted to Assistant Principal for Behaviour & Safeguarding at RSA Academy. Mrs Jacques however will be Acting Head of Maths in the interim so worry not, the Maths Department is in safe hands! We will also be saying goodbye to Mrs Baker, Head of MFL and Mrs Windmill, English Teacher in July 2019. They have both worked at Dormston for a number of years and will be sadly missed by staff and pupils. Mrs Baker has been a great teacher and Head of Department and her passion for MFL has inspired so many students over the years; with many of them going on to study MFL at colleges and universities. Mrs Baker is also well known for her creativity and has encouraged countless students to take up arts and crafts. Mrs Windmill is an expert in Shakespeare and has awakened a passion for literature in many past and current students. She has also been heavily involved in all of our school productions, including pushing numerous full size cars onto the stage in Grease and Blues Brothers and also making several children ‘fly’. We would like to thank them both for all their hard work and commitment over the years and wish them well in the next chapter of their lives.