Ofsted Report & Pupil Premium

OfSTED Report

A Section 8 OfSTED inspection was carried out on 17th May 2016.  Below you can find a copy of the letter confirming that the school continues to be good.

The Hemel Hempstead School 10010951 Final


Pupil Premium Funding Report

The Pupil Premium is allocated to local authorities and schools for students registered on roll in January who are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years. The funding is used  to support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable students – this sum is in addition to the underlying school’s budget. Children in care, who have been looked after continuously for at least six months, also attract funding. The Hemel Hempstead School received £118,000 in 2015-16 and £122,485 for 2016-17.

Nature of Support

A variety of interventions are used to help support our more vulnerable students which, where appropriate, include:

  • One to one tuition and small group intervention for Year 11 students
  • Mentoring
  • Key Stage 3 literacy and numeracy support
  • Peer mentoring
  • Parent / student workshops
  • External tuition
  • Attendance and behaviour support
  • Uniform assistance
  • Music tuition assistance
  • Trips assistance
  • Revision clubs


One of the key measures of whether or not Pupil Premium (PP) funding is having an impact is the performance of students in examinations compared to those students who are not eligible for PP funding. Nationally there is a gap between disadvantaged students and those who are not – the challenge is to close this gap. In the 2016 GCSE results the gap between the performance of disadvantaged and other students narrowed in terms of the progress overall. The gap in making expected levels of progress (LOP) in Mathematics narrowed by 10%, but in English widened by 1%. In order to address this there will be a greater use of peer mentoring and external tuition, which were very popular with Year 11 students in the last two years.

Percentage of pupils achieving expected progress in English

  • Disadvantaged 43%
  • Other 64%
  • Gap 21%

Percentage of pupils achieving expected progress in Mathematics

  • Disadvantaged 55%
  • Other 81%
  • Gap 26%

Year 7 Catch-Up

This funding has been used for the delivery of Key Stage 3 intervention programme with the purchase of software to support literacy and numeracy (Future Schools Online Learning System and LexiaUK Phonics Led Reading Skills Solution).