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Ethos of St Joan of Arc Catholic School

The school aims to provide the correct blend of academic challenge, spiritual development and enrichment that allows for the holistic development of each pupil in its care and to provide a secure environment in which every pupil is recognised as a unique individual, each with their own special gifts and talents and aims not to limit but to liberate their potential.

The whole thrust of the school community is that of a community built on Gospel values. Everyone involved in the school contributes in some way to the creation of a Christian community where God is present. The self-esteem of pupils is valued as respect for ourselves, others and the environment are fundamental to the Christian way of life at the school.

The care and guidance offered by the staff provides an ethos that will allow each pupil to become the special person God intended them to be.

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is an additional grant allocated to all schools by the Government to support the raising of attainment of pupils eligible for free school meals.

The Government has given the school the freedom to spend the grant in the way that it thinks will best support the raising of attainment of pupils’ eligible for free school meals and to choose the areas where it will have the most impact. Concern exists nationally that those pupils who are eligible for free school meals do not make as much progress as other pupils.

The school aims to ensure that every pupil performs to the best of their ability and that resources are appropriately allocated to enable this aim to be achieved. The school is using these funds to ensure that these pupils are motivated to succeed, are engaged in their learning, that they develop a positive self-esteem and level of confidence, that they develop the necessary skills and achieve the necessary academic qualifications to enable them to either stay in education or to go on to appropriate training or work after their GCSEs.

How St Joan of Arc School is allocating the Pupil Premium funding:

  • Deployment of Teaching Assistants to support effective engagement with learning in the classroom
  • Literacy and numeracy intervention where appropriate
  • One-to-three tutoring in English and Maths where appropriate
  • Support for revision where needed
  • Course materials and resources where needed
  • School based access to ICT facilities to support learning
  • School based printing to support learning
  • Support for school trips where appropriate
  • Welfare Officer available to support pupils with medical needs
  • Mentors available to support pupils with pastoral needs
  • Counsellor available to support pupils as required
  • Chaplain available to support pupils as required
  • Careers guidance by an external advisor to support pupils as required

Outcomes for these pupils are monitored through school tracking, progress reports and exam results to ensure that their needs are being met and that this additional funding is having a positive impact.

PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY STATEMENT

 

The impact of the previous year's expenditure

With the overall intention for Pupil Premium funding to ensure our disadvantaged
students perform on par with non-disadvantaged students, last year’s expenditure
was put to very good use as verified by our extremely strong GCSE performance.
We have bucked the perennial national trend whereby our strong overall Progress 8
score of 0.44 was trumped by a score of 0.7 achieved by our disadvantaged cohort.
We used the NTP funding to great effect for vulnerable students with 1 to 1 and 1 to
3 tuition sessions to boost their performance in English and Maths. The programme
was strategically coordinated to ensure great buy in and attendance from students.
This, coupled with quality first teaching and strong vigilance from our teaching staff
ensured excellent outcomes. 56% of our disadvantaged students achieved English
and Maths at grade 5+ while the percentage of non-disadvantaged students
nationally in this category was only 1% higher at 57%. 81% of our disadvantaged
students achieved English and Maths at grade 4+, this matched the local authority
proportion for non-disadvantaged students whilst being 5% above the national
percentage for non-disadvantaged students which was 76%.
We also championed the dignity of all disadvantaged students by ensuring high
expectations and full access to the breadth of an ambitious curriculum, including
specialist equipment and revision resources per subject, complimented with wide-
ranging pastoral supports.

A summary of the main barriers to achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school

This will be covered in the challenges to achievement section of our Pupil Premium
statement for this academic year.

How you will spend the grant to address those barriers and the reasoning for that approach

With quality first teaching being a proven catalyst for boosting disadvantaged
outcomes, our spending will majorly focus on making this a daily reality for our
students right across the curriculum. This includes the recruitment and retention of
proficient teaching and non-teaching staff as well as CPD initiatives aimed at
upskilling all staff members working directly with students, supporting them on their
educational journey.
We will also continue to ensure that disadvantaged students benefit from the full
breadth of the curriculum and avail of all the essential materials which their peers
have access to. We will ensure that extra-curricular and cultural capital opportunities
are available by paying for, or heavily subsidising, such opportunities for these
students.
With such a focus on quality first teaching, strong attendance levels for
disadvantaged students are imperative. We will work tirelessly with students to

identify and alleviate issues affecting their attendance and use funds strategically to
bring about necessary improvements. These issues will vary but the dignity of these
students will be always preserved to ensure the conditions are in place for these
students to be in school and thrive. For example, where lack of uniform or
equipment presents as an issue, these will be purchased for students.

How the impact will be measured

The impact will be measured from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives
including, but not limited to:
Predicted grades
Attitude to learning scores
Public examination results
Attendance data and absence rates
Rewards and sanctions data
Learning walks
Formal observations
Book looks
Data from Pupil Premium funding bids from departments to log inclusion levels.

Downloads

Pupil Premium Date  
Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2021 23rd Nov 2021 Download

News

30th November 2022

St Anthony's Catholic Primary School visit

St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School visit On Wednesday 23rd November we welcomed approximately 60 Year 5 & 6 students from Padua form classes at St Anthony's.  Thankfully, the heavy early morning rain abated as the students set off across Ebury Way on foot, arriving at 10.45am.  After a quick tour of the school canteen the students were welcomed by Deacon Liam in the Chapel. Alongside a hearty welcome, Liam explained the centrality and deep significance of the Chapel to our school community. The students then commenced their taster activities which focused on exposure to the Arts and Sciences. All students enjoyed 45 minute sessions in Drama and Music led by Mr Woollatt and Mr O’Reilly respectively. The students had an opportunity to perform role plays under the lights in the Drama studio while their Music lesson topically culminated in a rousing rendition of ‘Football’s Coming Home’.   At lunchtime our visitors moved to the 3G Sports Pitch where lunches were polished off quickly to maximise time for playing football and rugby before the final session commenced. In their final session, the students joined the Science department to conduct ‘colourful’ experiments in the labs with cabbage, test tubes and various liquid solutions. During the day it was great to see so many of our students light up when recognising a familiar uniform and greeting their former primary school teachers as our visitors travelled around the school.  Foremost of these former St Anthony’s students were Sammy B 7KL, Celine B 7BP, Jesse K 8RJ and Lilia B 8BP who acted wonderfully as guides for our visitors during their time with us. Sincere thanks to the staff members who ensured such a memorable day for all who attended: Deacon Liam; Mr O’Reilly; Mr Woollatt; Miss De Villiers; Mrs Hussain; Ms Brummer & Miss Claasens, as well as the Sixth Form Science prefects. The students of St Anthony’s and their teachers were extremely complimentary of the day on their departure with one student remarking that it was “the best school day ever”. We look forward to welcoming the remaining Year 5 and 6 students from the Lisbon form classes in the spring. Mr Lee Deputy Headteacher