'The school's provision for disadvantaged pupils, eligible to the support of the pupil premium, is exemplary.' Ofsted

Pupil Premium & Catch-Up Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium (PP) is additional funding given to schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the achievement gap between them and their peers.The funding is available to the following groups of students:

  • Students who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM).
  • Students that have been eligible for FSM in the last six years (FSM Ever 6).
  • Students who are looked after or in care (LAC).
  • Students who are under Special Guardianship.
  • Students from a Forces background.

The school receives quarterly funding for each of the groups of students in varying amounts, which must be used to support students or take away financial barriers that could be hindering their progress within school. The government expects the school to track each of the student’s progress and how the funding is being spent.

"Didcot Girls’ School is awarded £5,000 by the Department for Education for exceptional achievement of Pupil Premium Students".  

Our provisional allocation for 2016/17 is £162,690 based on 174 students.

In June 2015 we received a visit from a lead inspector to review our excellent practice supporting Pupil Premium students. The resulting case study will form part of the Ofsted Chief Inspector's Annual Report this autumn, and will be added to this page.

We will continue to use the Pupil Premium funding to support students to raise standards and attainment. The funding has been used in a number of different areas, including but not limited to:

  • Teaching Staff- To employ additional teaching staff to reduce class sizes and improve attainment
    • Coaching/Mentoring - To help students achieve their full potential, offering additional support to those students who need greater intervention.
  • Student Managers - To support pupils' attendance, self-esteem and attitudes to learning.
  • Wider Curriculum Experience - To enhance the curriculum, ensure the children are able to participate and to give children the opportunity to experience new and challenging activities.
  • The number of students being mentored or receiving small group tuition in English and Maths has increased every year for the last three years. The number of students attending a foreign residential has increased over the last two financial years.

Please have a look at our Pupil Premium Report for a more detailed analysis of how we spend our Pupil Premium. The report is linked to this page in the document section.

If your daughter does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family's income level, please do contact us (in confidence) to register her. Even if you do not wish her to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child.

To register your daughter for Free School Meals, please contact Mrs Johnson in the school office on jjohnson@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk

 And for more details about the Pupil Premium please visit:


What is Catch-Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy ‘Catch-Up Premium’ gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).

The school receives £500 for each student eligible and our provisional funding for 2016/17 is £13,000.