Background: What is it?
The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive additional funding for any student who is in public care and students who have been Adopted from Care.
This funding is allocated to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Schools are required by the Department for Education to publish information in relation to this funding and how it is used.
Ofsted January 2014:
‘Students supported by the pupil premium are well taught and make good progress’.
‘The academy has rightly identified improving both the achievement and attendance of students supported by the pupil premium support as priorities, and has worked successfully on both. Strategies implemented include one-to-one tuition, the appointment of a home attendance officer and increased staffing to support reading. As a result, progress has steadily improved. Students eligible for the pupil premium are currently just one third of a GCSE grade behind their peers in English and half a GCSE grade in mathematics’.
‘Governors review policies very effectively. They scrutinise the use of pupil premium and Year 7 catch-up funding and are clear about their impact, especially in improving attendance and literacy’.
I am not sure if my child could have Free School Meals? Where can I get more information?
Please speak to Mrs Nihill in our Student Support Centre at the Fambridge Road Campus, in confidence. She will be glad to help and answer any questions you may have regarding this issue. Please be aware that you are required to apply directly to the school for Free School Meals on an annual basis. The form can be accessed on the right hand side of this page and also on the downloadable Forms page of the website.
How will we spend our Pupil Premium this year (2018-2019)
How will parents know it is working?
We track all children's progress each term, so we can quickly see if plans are working. If your child takes part in an intervention programme, we will also measure how they are doing at the start of the programme, and the end, so we can see the difference.
We will report to you at your parents' evenings held throughout the year but if you would like information on your child's progress and attainment at any time, please get in touch with your child's Head of Year and/or their Pupil Premium Achievement Coordinator on 01621 854681.
What was the impact of Pupil Premium last year (2016-2017)?
Please click on the link below for more information about the impact our Pupil Premium had last year.
How Much Pupil Premium Money Does Our School Get?
The funding we have received is allocated as shown below: