How SEND can help
Pupil Premium Accessibility
Pupil Premium at St Philip Howard Catholic School is in place to ensure every student achieves their God-given potential to succeed in their academic achievements as well as ensuring they leave school as well-rounded individuals to succeed beyond their academic studies.
Schools nationally have identified a widening gap in the attainment of students from economically disadvantaged families and their peers. Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by government to support these students and close the gap in attainment.
The following groups are eligible for pupil premium funding:
- Pupils who are recorded as eligible for free school meals or have been recorded as eligible in the past 6 years, including eligible children of families who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF).
- Children looked after by local authorities, referred to as looked-after children.
- Children previously looked after by a local authority or other state care, referred to as previously looked-after children.
Our intention is that all pupils, irrespective of their background or the challenges they face, make good progress and achieve high attainment across the curriculum. The focus of our pupil premium strategy is to support disadvantaged pupils to achieve that goal, including progress for those who are already high attainers. We will consider the challenges faced by vulnerable pupils, such as those who have a social worker and young carers. High-quality teaching is at the heart of our approach, with a focus on areas in which disadvantaged pupils require the most support.
How Does My Child Qualify?
Once agreed by West Sussex County Council, children will get free school meals if they meet the criteria and are in school both before and after lunchtime.
Please note that checks are completed using the Department for Education Eligibility Checking System (ECS). Once a parent/guardian has been determined to be entitled the individual child will remain as entitled under Government Universal Credit transitional protections until the end of their phase of education (i.e. Primary or Secondary) during, and after, the transitional period of 1st April 2018 to 31st of March 2023. Therefore, it is not necessary to re-apply.
Free School Meals eligibility applies to the individual child and not the family or extended family. This means that younger children will not become entitled to Free School Meals simply because their older sibling is in receipt of transitional protections.
If your child is currently in receipt of Free School Meals outside of West Sussex, then you must re-apply when they join St Philip Howard Catholic School.
SEND at SPH
The Inclusion Department within St Philip Howard encourages all students to realise their potential and achieve success. We work with any, and all of our students who need support to fulfill their aspirations.