Going beyond our best

  • Durrington has shown me that I can try again and do better rather than settling for satisfactory pieces of work.

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) for disadvantaged students:

Introduction At Durrington we believe that every child should “go beyond their best”. Whatever their starting point, however many challenges they have already/continue to face in life, as a school we are wholeheartedly committed to doing all that we (reasonably) can to ensure that they leave us in year 11 as academically successful and well-rounded individuals.

What is the PPG? The PPG is paid directly to Durrington High School by the DFE with the purpose of:

  • raising the attainment of disadvantaged students (Pupil Premium students) and closing the gap with their peers,
  • supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces

For 2017/8 the allocated disadvantaged student grant was £304,000. Our estimated grant for 2018/9 is £300,000*. The principle reason for the increase is the school’s expansion to have 5 year groups and hence additional disadvantaged students in year 7 compared to previous years.

(*Note that there are often in-year variations in funding due to various CLA PEP arrangements/ students leaving and joining during the school year)

The PPG is used by the school to raise the attainment of all disadvantaged students and hence is regarded or used as a personal budget.

Context Durrington High School is a large secondary academy situated in the town of Worthing on the south coast of England. We have a current (September 2018) roll of 1634 students of whom 348 (equivalent to 21%) are identified as being disadvantaged. Students are considered disadvantaged as a result of them either:

  • currently being in receipt of free school meals (FSM)
  • at some point in the last 6 years, having been in receipt of FSM (Ever 6 funding)
  • currently living in care: children looked after (CLA) or they have been previously looked after/adopted (pupil premium plus funding)
  • being the child of a person(s) employed in the armed forces (service pupil premium)

Current profile of disadvantaged students as of September 2018

PP web statement updated