Pupil Deprivation Grant

Pupil Deprivation Grant Statement

The Welsh Government introduced the Pupil Deprivation Grant in April 2012. This is additional funding to help address national inequalities between the achievements of children eligible for free school meals when compared to their peers and the achievement of children who are looked after when compared to their peers.

The Pupil Deprivation Grant is allocated to schools based on the number of students who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM).  From 2014/15 only the amount has been uplifted so that schools have more money to tackle the effects of poverty on achievement.

Figures correct at March 2015


At Chepstow School we have a comprehensive plan, agreed and monitored by Monmouthshire County Council and the EAS, to promote progress and remove barriers to learning for students eligible for this funding so that they can achieve the success enjoyed by all students at our school.

Our plans centre on 3 priorities:

  1. Enhancing teaching and learning
  2. Timely and appropriate interventions
  3. Targeted pastoral support focused on ensuring eligible students make progress commensurate with their peers.

In 2013-14 we received £39,150 in PDG funding. In 2014-15 we received £82,620.

We spent the money as follows:

Enhancing teaching and learning

In 2013-14 we

  • Introduced Achievement for All as a whole school programme to raise achievement for our most vulnerable students

In 2014-15 we

  • Developed personalised learning programmes for vulnerable students
  • Further developed AfA to impact on teaching and learning for all students
  • Delivered high quality CPD based on ‘what works’
  • Developed a leadership responsibility for PDG to impact on the quality of provision and outcomes

Timely and appropriate interventions

In 2013-14 we

  • Appointed a temporary Learning Coach for KS4 students
  • Introduced assertive mentoring for year 11students

In 2014-15

  • Introduced a whole school AfA coach
  • Developed after school and holiday study groups, including transport home
  • Further developed assertive mentoring to include all PDG students in years 7-11


Targeted pastoral support focused on ensuring eligible students make progress commensurate with their peers.

In 2013-14 we

  • Remodelled the pastoral system into houses
  • Introduced Progress Leaders to collect and monitor high quality and accurate data to inform interventions

In 2014-15 we

  • Introduced a vertical tutor group to focus on the needs of students eligible for PDG
  • Remodelled pastoral leadership of Wye House so that there was an additional role of AfA coach