Ferndale Community School   Indicative Spending Plans

Contextual Information

Ferndale Community School is an 11-19 co-educational community set at the top of the Rhondda Fach Valley. Around 36% of students are entitled to free school meals which are well above the national average. The majority of students come from the 20% most deprived areas of Wales. While there are more than 236 students entitled to free school meals, the funding formula is based on January 2014 PLASC statistics   Consequently, real-term numbers of FSM students are not taken into account. In spite of this, the school makes every effort to support all students entitled within the school.
The spending allocation of the three main grants: Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG); School Effectiveness Grant (SEG); and Welsh in Education (WEG) are in line with the national priorities of literacy, numeracy and reducing the poverty gap in educational attainment. Furthermore, the priority of spending fits into the school improvement plan.
SIP 2014-2015

  • Focus on Learning and Teaching to Raise Aspirations
  • Focus on reducing the impact of social deprivation
  • Focus on improving Attendance
  • Focus on Leadership, management and support

Consequently, we aim to prioritise the grants to result in a “joined-up” approach to school improvement to provide the students in our care with a high quality experience. (Targeted students in this document refer to students on FSM and LAC) Click on link for full details

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