Student Services

ASC Unit

Accessibility Plan



Inclusion at Mark Rutherford

We believe that pupils should be encouraged to attain their full academic and social potential irrespective of ability or educational need.  Some pupils, however, may have additional needs and require extra help whilst at school.  This can either be through in-class support or within the school’s inclusion provision.

Mark Rutherford has a whole school approach towards additional needs, from the least able to the gifted and talented. All staff recognise and seek to meet the needs of pupils through a differentiated curriculum.  All Year 9 students undertake a diagnostic assessment.  This enables us to identify and support students in their pre GCSE year and to monitor and advise on GCSE options.

The school has an Inclusion Policy which has been adopted to include all recent changes in Government legislation.  All students are treated with respect and understanding.  The policy seeks to integrate all students fully into school life both academically and socially, whilst providing support and guidance as needs dictate.

Parental involvement is encouraged in the education of all students.  Links are provided with other agencies and schools where appropriate.

The Governing Body and Headteacher take overall responsibility for the policy but Miss Edwards, the Inclusion Co-ordinator, is responsible for its day to day implementation. 

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium

Last year we spent the funding on Lexia and Accelerated Reader subscriptions. Students on average improved their standardised reading comprehension score by 8 points.

This year we are spending the allocation on 1:1 tutoring in maths and English. All students who did not gain a L4 in reading/maths will be targeted with 10 x 1 hour sessions of 1:1 tutoring as required. They will also access Lexia and Accelerated Reader.

Pupil Premium Strategy 2018-2019


In April 2011, the government began a scheme which provides a significant sum of money intended to enable schools to narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students called the pupil premium.

The cohort for Pupil Premium includes:

    • Students who have received free school meals for any period of time in the last six years
    • Children who are looked after
    • Children of men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces or who have served within the last five years

    In addition to the above, from April 2014, funding has also been provided for students who have:

    • Been looked after for one day or more
    • Ceased to be looked after through adoption
    • Ceased to be looked after through a special guardianship or a residence order


    We are a fully inclusive secondary school with around 1304 students aged 11 to 18 on roll, 323 of which are currently pupil premium. As it says in our mission statement, we believe that every child is unique. As a school, we are committed to raising the attainment of all our students by encouraging our students to identify their strengths and seek ways to improve their areas for development. This is demonstrated by the fact that we acquired the Achievement for All quality mark in July 2014. We set high expectations and aspirations for all our pupils, regardless of background.

    The school has an appointed member of staff responsible for tracking the progress of disadvantaged students and a designated member of the senior leadership team responsible for managing the pupil premium budget. The pupil premium coordinator has a monthly meeting with the head teacher. There is also a link governor, to whom evidence of interventions and the impact they are having, is reported.

    Typical barriers for pupil premium students at Mark Rutherford School

    Historically students from disadvantaged backgrounds have not been as successful throughout their school career as other students. The pupil premium allows us to drive initiatives to support our pupil premium students to overcome these barriers and narrow the attainment gap.

    In comparison with our-non pupil premium students, the barriers for our pupil premium students are:

    • Lower attainment at KS2
    • Lower attendance
    • Poorer behaviour choices
    • Reliance on a smart-phone for internet access rather than a computer
    • Mental-health issues
    • Lower aspirations
    • Reduced exposure to higher and further education

    As a result of these barriers, some of our disadvantaged students make less progress in their learning from primary school to their GCSE examinations.

    Intended outcomes of the pupil premium strategy

    At Mark Rutherford School we aim to ensure our disadvantaged students are doing as well as other groups of students. We measure this by analysing and attempting to narrow the gap between our pupil premium and non-pupil premium student groups for the following outcomes:

    • Aspirational career choices and post 16 routes
    • Improved well-being and mental health support
    • The progress 8 and attainment 8 measures at GCSE
    • The overall school attendance percentage
    • The rate of persistent absenteeism by year group
    • Family and parental engagement via attendance to parents'
    • Number of fixed term and permanent exclusions
    • The number of students at risk of leaving school without any further education, employment or training opportunities (NEETs).

    The Mark Rutherford pupil premium panel

    The Mark Rutherford pupil premium panel meets fortnightly to ensure pupil premium funding is allocated and spent fairly; provisions in departments are evaluated robustly and effective interventions are identified. This panel comprises of a deputy head, the business manager, the assistant head in charge of inclusion and the pupil premium coordinator. A standardised system of funding requests for consideration by the panel has also been implemented. An additional focus this year is to ensure evaluations are being completed for all monies received, not just the larger interventions.

    The students' view

    In 2017-18 we created a research focus group in order to gather the views of the students. By identifying the barriers to learning for our students, we are better placed to support their individual needs. Students feel listened to and heard; and actions can be taken to support the needs of individuals. Based on what they told us we demonstrated how barriers can be overcome.

    Pupil Premium Expenditure

    Please click here for the impact and evaluation of expenditure for 2017-18

    Please click here for the breakdown of expenditure for 2018-19




Mark Rutherford School
Wentworth Drive, Bedford, Bedfordshire Mk41 8PX
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