Durrington High School

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

  • Determination is a key part of school life. Without hard work and determination, you will not achieve. But DHS has helped me through the years to become focused and determined, helping me to push myself to my peak potential.