Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in 2011/12. It provides additional funding to help schools ‘close the gap’ between children who are vulnerable to underachievement and other children at the school.
The premium is used to support students who are currently on Free School Meals (FSM) or have been registered for (FSM) in the past six years; students in care who have been looked after by local authorities for more than six months also continue to qualify for the Pupil Premium.
Parents and carers can help the school claim all the money they can by making sure that if their child is eligible for free school meals, they register them with us - even if they're not going to have a school lunch or if they are in Key Stage 1 where they automatically get a free meal.
Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10 GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow students.
We have included a breakdown summary regarding how our Pupil Premium Grant is calculated and distributed in the documents below.
The spending and impact of this grant is reviewed annually.