Context

Belmont School is a special school for children aged 4-16 years with Moderate Learning Difficulties and additional complex needs. All pupils have a Statement of SEN. Levels of attainment upon entry to the school are significantly below average. The catchment area is wide with pupils drawn from both urban and rural communities.

Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. The funding is provided in addition to the main Special School funding from the LA and is intended to help disadvantaged pupils to ‘close the gap’ and to raise attainment and improve progress. A high percentage of our pupils receive Pupil Premium funding – we are in the highest quintile on the Ofsted School Data Dashboard.

Children who are eligible include:

  • Pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years
  • Children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months
  • Children of armed services personnel.

The funds are used effectively, supplemented by the school’s budget to provide additional support so that “The school provides a wide range of therapies and support programmes that are closely related to pupils’ needs.”(Ofsted 2014).

Impact

“Disadvantaged pupils generally make slightly better progress than other pupils in English and mathematics. This is because of the highly individualised support they receive.” (Ofsted 2014)

Attainment upon leaving at Key Stage 4 exceeds expectations with pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium, consistently achieving between 1 and 4 GCSE passes and up to 9 Entry Level qualifications including English, Maths, Science, ICT and a range of Foundation and vocational subjects.

Belmont’s innovative approach using technology and drawing upon talented and skilled staff has enabled Pupil Premium funding to support the progress of our most disadvantaged pupils has been wide ranging and creative.

Pupil Premium Strategy

Details of our current Pupil Premium Strategy can be found below:

Pupil Premium Spend and Impact

Details of our key objectives, key expenditure, attainment and progress can be found below:

National Recognition for Belmont School

Belmont School was a finalist is the prestigious national 2015 Pupil Premium Awards in the Special School and Alternative Provision – click here for details.

In July 2013 Belmont School were Runners Up in the national Pupil Premiumm Awards – click here for details.