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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.

I am not sure if my child could have Free School Meals? Where can I get more information?

Please go on the school website and go to the parent section under catering. You will find the information there. You can also click on the link below to fill out an online application form:

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 or Mrs Jo Frost (01621-854681 ext. 8342).


What has been the impact of the academy’s Pupil Premium Strategy?

Please click on the links below to ascertain more information about the impact our Pupil Premium Strategy in recent years:

Plume Academy Pupil Premium Strategy for 2022-23 and 2021-22 Review

Recovery Premium Report

Literacy and Numeracy Year 7 Catch‐Up Premium Expenditure 2017-2020

Pupil Premium at Plume Academy Summary for 2022 - 2023

Number of students on roll (Years 7 – 11): ​1486

Number and percentage of pupils eligible for Pupil premium: 315 pupils; 21.2% (based of the Autumn 2021 Census)

Total amount of the Pupil Premium: £310,275

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