The Pupil Premium (PP) is an additional fund provided by the government to enhance the education of disadvantaged (DA) students.

Inclusion lies at the heart of Patcham High School and permeates through all aspects of our work, epitomised by our motto of One Team, One Dream.

We are committed to being a school for all, where everyone feels included both as part of the school community and in their learning. We see positive relationships as a key driver of this.

We seek to use the resource of the Pupil Premium to support disadvantaged students in making good progress and provide them with the means required to thrive in school. Whilst the Pupil Premium fund financially supports the activities detailed below, as a school we invest significant time and attention in addition to this, which is not necessarily reflected in the financial costs.

We deliberately use the term equity over equality as we recognise that our individual disadvantaged students may need different resources or opportunities to support them in reaching an equal outcome. Whilst we refer to our disadvantaged students (DA students), we also acknowledge that not all of our disadvantaged students are eligible for free school meals. Where non-DA students are identified as needing additional support, we seek to address this.

We remain aspirational for all students at Patcham High School and ensure that those who are at risk of underachieving due to the impact of socio-economic disadvantage reach their potential. We are ambitious to reduce the difference between the progress of our disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students.

We have adopted a multifaceted approach as we seek to ensure excellent progress for all our students, driven by collective responsibility. Informed by national research, we understand the key factors in achieving this are a relentless drive to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom, targeted academic support via our coaching offer and reading intervention, underpinned by strong pastoral and wider support.

We want our disadvantaged students to feel a sense of belonging at Patcham High School, supported by our advocate team, and with an enrichment offer that ensures they develop as confident learners, well placed to flourish beyond school.

If you think you may qualify for support please contact Ashley Molas or Marley Zohreie (Year 7), Hannah Baker (Year 8) Cam Finlay (Year 9), Jenner Wilson (Year 10) or Rhomey Aras-Payne  (Year 11).

If you have any general enquires about the pupil premium, please contact Ruth Astley.

PP Strategy Statement and Report 2023-24

Advice on, and where to apply for Free School Meals (FSM)

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • 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)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Please find the link below to see if you qualify for extra funding for your child.

https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/free-school-meals