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New Siblands School Pupil Premium Strategy

Context of School

New Siblands School is a special school for children aged 2-19 years who have Severe Learning Difficulties or Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. All of our pupils have EHCPs.  Many of our pupils have additional barriers to their learning such as autism, speech, language and communication difficulties. Some have medical, personal and emotional needs, behavioural and sensory difficulties that require a supportive or nurturing environment. Some of our pupils are looked after and some exhibit complex mental health difficulties.

The catchment area encompasses the whole of South Gloucestershire with a very few children from out of county.

At New Siblands we have high aspirations for our children and our vision of achievement, belonging and celebration is at the heart of everything we do and the direction we are heading in. This vision, summarised  as ABC: Achievement, Belonging, Celebration, seeks to ensure our pupils receive the challenge, care and support needed to achieve their potential. New Siblands is a school that seeks to challenge and support our pupils to have a true sense of belonging in their school and wider community, whilst celebrating success every step of the way.

We do not believe that “one size fits all” so each pupil has a personalised learning plan that ensures can reach their maximum potential and flourish.

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is specific, additional funding provided by the government to support schools to close the attainment gap between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and the rest of the school population.  Pupil Premium is paid for pupils from Reception to Year 11 who:

  • have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years
  • are “looked after” for example in the care of a local authority
  • have a parent currently serving in the armed forces, or at any time in the last five years
  • have been adopted from care

In 2015-2016, the government has introduced Early Years pupil premium.  This is additional funding for the early years setting to improve education they provide for disadvantaged 3 and 4 year olds.  The eligibility criteria for this grant is identical to that for school age pupil premium.

The attached documents show how the Pupil Premium Grant has been used at New Siblands.

Pupil Premium spend 2015-2016


Pupil Premium 2016-17


Pupil Premium 2017-18