From 2023, the West London Free School Secondary will change its admissions policy to ensure up to 45 places per year are offered to children who receive the Pupil Premium Grant. This will equate to 35% of the year group. We have made this change to ensure that our school remains a community school, reflective of the social make-up of the area we serve.
We spend our Pupil Premium Grant on targeted school interventions which are most likely to benefit disadvantaged pupils. This includes small group teaching for pupils who are struggling in English and Maths; teaching assistants in lessons for disadvantaged pupils with special educational needs; and extra staffing on Senior Leadership and Heads of Year teams to maintain high standards of behaviour throughout the school.
In addition, we use our Pupil Premium Grant to ensure that disadvantaged pupils never have to miss out on paid-for co-curricular events such as after-school clubs, trips and the school’s annual activities week. Lastly, as a music specialist school, we also use our Pupil Premium grant to provide subsidised music lessons to disadvantaged pupils who want to learn a musical instrument.
Due to our strategic spending of the Pupil Premium Grant, we are a school where disadvantaged pupils can thrive. In 2022, 49% disadvantaged pupils at the WLFS achieved a Grade 5 or above in both English and Maths, compared with 29% nationally.
The same year, disadvantaged pupils at the WLFS achieved 50.7 in their Attainment 8, meaning an average GCSE grade of around 5.1. This compared with an average GCSE grade of around 3.7 for disadvantaged pupils nationally.
In their Progress8, disadvantaged pupils at the WLFS achieved 0.04. This meant they achieved nationally average progress over eight core subjects, based on their achievement at primary school. This compared to a Progress8 score of -0.45 for disadvantaged pupils nationally.
Each year, a high number of disadvantaged pupils at the WLFS stay on to study for their A-levels at the WLFS Sixth Form. Many have gone on to start careers in areas such as the arts and policing. Others have gained places at leading universities both in Britain and abroad, such as the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, Kings College London, and Tufts University in the USA.
Please see below a link to our Pupil Premium Strategy for 2022-23.
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