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We are proud to announce that Preston School has been appointed as an Expert Centre to act as a local hub for the national Global Learning Programme (GLP). Nearly 5000 schools in England are already working with the GLP to support the delivery of a richer curriculum, and develop pupils’ knowledge and skills across the curriculum. Highlighted positively in inspection reports and flagged by Ofsted to inspectors, the GLP also supports the teaching of SMSC and ‘British values’, and could now play an even more important role in the outcome of a school inspection.*

Our new Expert Centre role enables us to work with schools in the area to support raising standards by encouraging engaging and effective teaching and learning about global issues through a wide range of subjects at Key Stages 2 and 3.

If you would like further information, please contact our Global Learning Programme Coordinator, Jonathan Peace at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please click here to view the Global Learning Programme Leaflet.



Preston School offers an excellent learning experience for every child and every member of staff is committed to making lessons memorable and challenging. In essence providing the highest quality teaching suited to the needs of our young people. Choosing a secondary school is a daunting prospect and at Preston all our staff are committed to helping our new students make the transition as smooth as possible. Our school ethos is Bringing learning to life and life to learning. As a member of staff, I believe this is visible in every class, and supported by our families, we work tireless to ensure every child fulfils their potential and to find new talents by offering more and more opportunities to be successful.


I am so delighted to have chosen Preston for my two children. The high standards set, both academically and socially allow them to flourish both as individuals and as part of a group; providing them with a good understanding of the expectations they will face in the wider world. The teaching staff are so enthusiastic about children reaching their full potential, and their progress is communicated to parents regularly and clearly. I always know that if I have a question or concern, there is someone to help!

Senior Leadership Team

From the moment you enter Preston School, you know you are entering an extended family. The warmth of the school is palpable and whether you are a current staff member, students, parents or indeed a first-time visitor to the school, you know you are going to be welcomed & nurtured.

What makes Preston really special are the relationships within. The strength of the relationships between the staff – with every staff member working collaboratively together to ensure that the students achieve their dreams. What’s more, is the obvious strength of the relationships between the staff and the students. Staff and students work together as a team – the staff striving to ensure that the students exceed their own expectations, not just academically, but also in the field of extra-curricular activities.

The school provides a wide variety of enrichment activities and visits to widen the horizons of the students. At Preston we aim to provide an environment where the students can thrive and enjoy their educational experience as well providing them with challenge.

We are proud of our school – as staff - and if you ask the students, they are proud of their school too.


Bringing learning to life and life to learning – this is the thread that runs through every lesson. At Preston it is a core belief that each student is an individual. The strong working relationships they build with the staff enable them to believe in themselves as individuals as well as forming a strong sense of self within a community.

All of the staff at Preston work hard to inspire the students to identify their aspirations and work together to achieve them. By starting with the core learning skills as a firm basis the students are given a great opportunity to progress with confidence and competence. They are encouraged to celebrate successes on all levels and to share these successes within the Preston Community.

At Preston the governors and staff believe that determination and a can-do attitude are important in all walks of life and promote this at every opportunity with the students. The Governors enjoy their role and are pleased to play their part in the challenges and successes of the Preston Community.

KS4 Student

I chose Preston School, mainly because it was everyone’s recommendation. We got an interview with the Vice Principal who showed us the school with passion and interest. The site was very well equipped and it really looked like the ideal school to go to. Even now that I have been here for almost three years, it is still a great school to be in that will do its best to make you do your best.


Pupil Premium at Preston School

All staff at Preston School are fully committed to closing the attainment and progress gaps that exist between eligible students and their peers.  For us it is a very high priority and we see it as our moral duty to ensure that disadvantaged children make outstanding progress.
Key staff with specific responsibilities for leading improvements in outcomes for disadvantaged students are:

  • Pupil Premium Governor: 
  • Vice Principal:  Mrs H Cullen (Pupil Premium budget and strategy)
  • Year 11 Learning Manager: Mrs L Waller / Mr J Hinks
  • Year 10 Learning Manager: Mr J Moise
  • Year 9 Learning Manger: Mrs M Purton
  • Year 8 Learning Manager: Mrs T White
  • Year 7 Learning Manager: Mr A Sweet
  • Pupil Premium Assistant:  Mrs A Hossain
  • English:  Mrs M Thomas (Closing the Gap Lead for English)
  • Maths:  Mrs H Nicholas (Closing the Gap Lead for Maths)

Adoption Premium

Was your adopted child formally a ‘looked after child’ and adopted on or after 30 December 2005?
Schools in England can now receive the Pupil Premium funding for children adopted from care, or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005. Schools can also claim the Pupil Premium for children who left care under a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991.
To enable us to claim the Pupil Premium, which can then be used to further support your child, you will need to inform us about your child and provide supporting evidence, for example, show the school the original Adoption (Court) Order. You will need to self-declare before 16th December 2016, before the school completes the annual School Census in January. This will then trigger the payment of the Pupil Premium to the school from April 2017.
Please send any supporting evidence to the school addressed to Mrs H Cullen, Vice Principal.
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Narrowing the Gap:  Using the Pupil Premium effectively

School context

Preston School is an average-sized secondary school.  It has a subject specialism in business and enterprise.  The proportion of students for whom the academy receives pupil premium is below average with 22.05% of students known to be eligible for Pupil Premium funding.  Pupil Premium funding is an additional government funding for students in the care of the local authority, those known to be eligible for free school meals. 133 students were registered as eligible for Pupil Premium at the January 2015 census.

The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is at 9.6% which are classified at Special Educational Needs on the Inclusion Register; this is below the national average.  Preston School has a specially resourced provision for students with autism.

Pupil Premium funding and principles

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches pupils who need it most.  Preston School was allocated £154,620 pupil premium funding for the academic year 2016/17 in addition to the main school budget.

The level of premium received into school is as follows;

  • For each student currently eligible for free school meals or have received them in the last 6 years, since January 2010 (Ever 6) the academy will receive £935.
  • For service children or families in receipt of an Arms Forces pension any time in the last 6 years since January 2010 the academy will receive £300.
  • For children who are looked after in care at any point in the previous 12 months, the academy will receive to £1900
  • For children who are adopted from care the academy will receive £1900

Preston School fully support the thinking behind the Pupil Premium and believe that the best way for disadvantaged pupils to achieve is to be in a school with high expectations, a strong ethos of achievement, and where high quality teaching and learning flourishes.  When a positive climate for learning is created along with targeted support, then the progress rates for pupil premium accelerates.

Our aim is that “everyone achieves” and the pupil premium funding is used to ensure that all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential by making good progress, achieving well in external examinations and being prepared for the world of work. Our use of the Pupil Premium is covered by the following principles:

  • That we maintain the highest expectations of all pupils and not equate disadvantage of circumstances with ‘low ability’
  • That we promote an inclusive and collaborative ethos in their classrooms which enable pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to thrive
  • That we plan and deliver curricula and lessons to a high standard and support the acceleration of progress in learning, so that gaps can be narrowed and improvements maintained
  • That disadvantaged groups of pupils are supported in their class through differentiated planning and teaching, especially for those who find aspects of learning difficult and are in danger of falling behind
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged children, we recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.  We also recognise that not all children who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals

Population overview 2016/17

Pupil Premium funding allocated - £154,620.00 Total number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium at January 2015 census – 133 Total number of pupils eligible for Service Child premium – 85 Total number of pupils eligible for Adopted from care premium - 3


  * Updated September 2015

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