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Pupil Premium

‘The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.’ (DFE 2012).

Schools are given additional funding for every student on their roll who is:

  • a Looked After Child OR
  • is currently able to claim Free School Meals OR
  • has claimed Free School Meals in the last 6 years.

This additional funding has been allocated to every school due to national figures which show that this group does not achieve as well as their peers. The funding is therefore to support schools to address this issue.

How must this money be used?

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. There is no requirement for this money to be spent on individual students simply because they fall into this category. It is expected, however, that the funding will be used to support, as necessary, students in this group and other lower-income families so that this group makes the same progress as their peers.

How much funding does the school receive?

Funding is based on the number of eligible students at the school in January and the amount is notified to us in the Spring term. It is paid in arrears.

What does the school spend the funding on?

The allocation in 2019-20 was £201,520.

The anticipated allocation for 2020-12 is £208,820. 

Please see the report here for further information. 

To see the Pupil Premium - Review of expenditure from Sept 2019 - Mar 2021 - please click here