Pupil Premium

Our staff are fully committed to making sure every young person, no matter what socio-economic or family background they have, gets the education opportunities and outcomes they deserve. 

Westlands School uses well researched, evidence-based strategies that aim to improve the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils.  Based on Sutton Trust research and the school’s knowledge of its pupils, its community and what works best for our school, we place the following principles and strategies at the heart of all learning as we believe that they produce the best results for our pupils.

  • Having very high expectations in terms of the standards, achievement, attendance, and behaviour of every pupil across the ability spectrum.

  • Support from high quality, highly trained, experienced teachers and teaching assistants who have a variety of knowledge and expertise across a range of areas and needs.

  • Prioritising Pupil Premium pupils with high quality, clear feedback about their work and ways they could improve it to move their learning forward.

  • One to one support for specific needs, such as learning difficulties or social and emotional matters as well as daily reading and writing.

  • Personalised intervention which targets and supports individual pupils needs.

  • Involving our parents and carers in the learning process as much as possible.

  • Enabling children in receipt of Pupil Premium to participate in events, trips, and extra-curricular activities so that their cultural capital is developed and they are not disenfranchised from experiences which broaden their understanding of the wider world. 

  • Ensuring that children in receipt of Pupil Premium participate in activities relating to careers education so that they have high aspirations for adulthood and their future careers/employment. 

We keep the strategies and principles above at the heart of our decision-making on expenditure of the Pupil Premium and publish a list of specific learning opportunities based on our principles, on our school website.

What Is The Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help narrow the attainment gap between them and their non-disadvantaged peers. The funding is allocated to schools based on the number of:

  • Students in receipt of free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever 6 FSM)

  • Looked After Children (LAC), adopted or special guardianship

  • Students who have left care through adoption or another formal route such as a Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangement Order

  • Service children

This money is used to help disadvantaged pupils overcome any barriers to their learning and to ensure they reach their full potential.

What Are the Barriers To Learning?

As a school, we avoid stereotyping our pupils who qualify for Pupil Premium funding, and recognise that they are a diverse group who face different barriers, or even none at all.  However, some of our disadvantaged pupils experience:

  • Lower attainment than their non-disadvantaged peers at key stages 1 and 2,

  • Less than expected progress in some subjects in Years 8, 9 and 10,

  • Lower attendance rates in the primary sector,

  • Lack of family finances, resulting in an inability to support the individual’s talents and skills,

  • Low aspirations,

  • A selective system which filters a larger proportion of FSM students to non-selective schools,

  • Less support at home for self-study,

  • No quiet places at home to study,

  • Less developed oracy skills, particularly in formal situations,

  • A lack of revision material for Year 10 and Year 11 pupils,

  • Limited access to books, ICT and resources to support out of school learning.

At Westlands, we regularly track pupils’ data to identify any evidence of underachievement, (not just low attaining students), and respond to pupils’ individual needs rapidly.  We aim to make creative, evidence-based decisions that are adapted throughout the academic year, and which include a wide range of interventions.

Are you claiming your entitlement to FSM?

To apply for free school meals, parents must have one or more children aged four or over attending a local authority maintained school in Kent and be in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190

  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.

Visit Kent County Council FSM page where you can find out more about claiming your entitlement.

Number of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant 2020/2021

Number of pupils in school      1798       
Proportion (%) of Pupil Premium eligible pupils 26% (Year 7 - 11)


Claiming your entitlement to FSM

Visit Kent County Council FSM page where you can find out more about claiming your entitlement.

Travel passes for school pupils and school transport

Visit Kent County Council School transport page where you can find out more about school transport.