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Site Access Statement

Prendergast School is a split site. The lower site can be found on Adelaide Ave with the upper site on Hilly Fields. The distance between the two sites taking the direct pedestrian route is approximately 150 m.

This description of the pedestrian route between the lower and upper site is intended to give you the information to make an informed decision as to how accessible the route between the sites is to you.

Hilly Fields is a public park which Prendergast School have no control over.

Starting the route from the lower site there is a controlled crossing on Adelaide Ave directly outside the school. This has tactile blister paving to identify the crossing point.

Once over the crossing the path to the upper site is directly opposite the crossing with guard railing at the bottom of the path on Hilly Fields.

The path on Hilly Fields immediately starts to climb up to the upper site. The surface is firm and even being tarmac. The gradient varies but can be as steep as 1:7 in parts. There is no seating along the route between the two sites. The path has grass to each side and has a width that varies but is no less than 1200 mm.

After approximately 50 m there is a fork in the path with the path to the right needing to be taken. There are no features at this location to identify it other than the path splits in two. The path then continues for a further 30 m where it crosses another path and continues for approximately 60 m. The last section of the path has trees along its edge so is susceptible to fallen vegetation.

There is some lighting along the route.

Pupil Premium Grant

Each year we receive a Pupil Premium Grant which is an allocation per pupil eligible for Free School Meals or Looked After Children.

Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.

The Government’s Pupil Premium Programme supports the achievement and progress of our students. The grant is to help narrow the gap in performance and improve the quality of teaching and learning for vulnerable groups of children. At Prendergast School we aim for every student to have the same opportunities and access to outstanding teaching and learning and support.

Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across 3 areas, with a particular focus on teaching.

1. Teaching

2. Targeted academic support

3. Wider approaches

Recovery Premium

To further support the education recovery of young people following the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has announced a recovery premium which schools can use to support students in catching up. The recovery premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium grant, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.  

Schools should spend this premium on evidence-based approaches to support pupils. In line with the Education Endowment Foundation’s pupil premium guide, activities should include those that:

  • support the quality of teaching, such as staff professional development
  • provide targeted academic support, such as tutoring
  • deal with non-academic barriers to success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support

16-19 ESFA Tuition Fund

The 16 to 19 tuition fund was launched in 2020 to off-set the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on those in 16 to 19 study programmes.  It has been extended this academic year to enable it to be used to support disadvantaged students studying either academic or vocational courses.

The 16 to 19 tuition fund is funding for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 institutions who receive annual funding allocations from ESFA for the provision of 16 to 19 education, to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

The funding will be used to provide small group tuition for low attaining and disadvantaged 16-19 year olds, where their learning has been disrupted by the pandemic. We will use the funding to support disadvantaged students in a range of academic and vocational courses to ensure their progress and attainment is not adversely affected by the lost learning over the last two academic years.