Pupil Premium

The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) in September 2011 with the purpose of increasing attainment and aspiration for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, specifically;

  • To increase social mobility
  • To enable more students to go to the top universities
  • To reduce the attainment gap
  • Ricards Lodge High School receives a Pupil Premium Grant for each child who is entitled to receive Free School Meals or who has been entitled over the last six years, and for Looked After Children.  The school is allowed to allocate the funding as they see fit in order to meet the aims above and are held accountable for the impact of this funding.

Ricards Lodge High School spends the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) to maximise achievement:

  • Ring-fencing funding in order to ensure that the funding impacts the targeted students
  • Drawing on research evidence (such as the Sutton Trust toolkit) and own evidence
  • Understanding the importance of ensuring that all day-to-day teaching meets the needs of each student
  • Designing additional and targeted interventions for key groups of students
  • Deploying highly trained Teaching Assistants who understand their role in helping students
  • Having a Designated Senior Leader who has a clear overview of spending and interventions
  • Ensuring that subject teachers know which students are eligible for the PPG so that they can take responsibility for accelerating their progress

A detailed report of how we spent our funding last year to reduce the barriers to learning, and how we intend to spend the allocation for this year can be found in our policies page.

Coronavirus Catch-Up

The government COVID-19 catch-up premium has been established to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus.

The grant will only be available for the 2020-2021 academic year. Schools can use this funding for specific activities to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching time over the previous months. To support schools to make the best use of the funding, the EEF has published a support guide on examples of best practice. Below is an outline of how the fund will support catch up at Ricards Lodge High School

Year 6 into Year 7 Summer School 

9th - 13th August 2021


Staffing: £29,856

Resources: £1,310

Total Funding: £31,166

240 places offered of which 44 were PP and in total 167 students attended of which 41 were PP


My daughter really enjoyed the week — she enjoyed meeting the staff, familiarising herself with the school site and most importantly making new friends. (Yr7 Parent)

Dora has had a great week she loved all the sports activities and really enjoyed the Dance workshops. (Yr 7 Parent)

Thank you so much for organising this week — we were not able to see the school and this has made our daughter much more confident about starting in September. (Yr 7 Parent)

It was great making new friends (Asmitha Yr 7 Student)

It was a really active week and I really enjoyed the Team games (Sonya - Yr 7)

I enjoyed meeting the teachers and the older students and getting to know my way around the school (Emily Yr 7)

It was nice to see the school and find our way around before all the other students came back (Vaibhavi Yr 7)

Brief Details:

Each day started at 9.30am and finished at 3pm.

A variety of activities and taster lessons were offered including English, Maths, Textiles, Digital Skills, Debate, Drama, Art, Science and Geography.

Sport and Dance activities took place every afternoon allowing students to experience the schools sports facilities and take part in team building activities.

Awards ceremony with a dance showcase on Friday afternoon — certificates and prizes awarded.