The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative which provides additional funding to schools in order to raise the attainment of children from backgrounds considered to be disadvantaged. The additional funding received by the school is based upon the number of students eligible for free school meals at any time in the preceding six years, which the Department for Education uses as an indicator of disadvantage. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after by the Local Authority continuously for more than six months, children adopted into families from Local Authority care, and children of service personnel.
Nationally, statistics indicate that students who are or who have been in receipt of free school meals may not achieve as well as other students. The aim of this funding is to try close the ‘achievement gap’ by enabling schools to directly support individual students appropriately. The total additional funding for schools through the Pupil Premium amounted to £2.4 billion in 2016-17.
The Pupil Premium represents a very significant investment of public funds, and the Department for Education is understandably anxious to demonstrate the impact of the additional funds. Schools are required to provide annual reports to parents summarising the allocation and use of the Pupil Premium funding received each year. Our most recent reports on the use of our Pupil Premium funding can be accessed through the links below:
Priorities for use of Pupil Premium grant
- Investment in the professional development of teachers and support staff to improve support for disadvantaged students.
- Provision of resources that will allow disadvantaged students to access the curriculum in full e.g. support with access to iPads;
- Subsidise enrichment activities (e.g. educational visits, peripatetic music lessons) to ensure equality of opportunity for disadvantaged students;
- Provide additional personalised careers information and guidance as students move on from GCSE programmes;
- Focused intervention, beyond that already provided as part of the taught curriculum, to address identified underachievement;
- Prioritised access to learning mentor and school counsellor support if appropriate;
- Funding staff capacity for collection and analysis of student progress data to inform focused intervention.
Our policy on the use of the Pupil Premium Grant can be accessed from the following link:
Claiming free school meals
The school currently receives £935 for each student who is (or has been in the last 6 years) eligible for free school meals, to help them and others in accessing learning experiences and resources. If you are eligible but don’t want your son or daughter to have free school meals, you should still apply so the school receives the £935 additional funding - your child could continue to bring packed lunches if you so wish. The free school meals system is managed with complete discretion, for further information on eligibility and how to apply click here.