The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and was allocated to children whose families were eligible for and claiming free school meals. 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 and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit but are accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support students from low-income families.
Click on ‘Open’ on the document below for our detailed Pupil Premium spending and impact:
The DfE also used to fund Summer Schools, which provided an excellent opportunity for secondary schools to help disadvantaged new pupils understand what and how they will be studying in key stage 3. It was also an opportunity for schools to help disadvantaged pupils who are behind in key areas such as literacy and numeracy to catch up with their peers. Summer 2015 was the first time that we qualified to receive the funding, as prior to that we were a High School and the funding went to our feeder Middle Schools.The DfE has now withdrawn Summer School funding, but such was the success of our 2015 Summer School that we funded a modified programme ourselves in 2016. Details can be seen by clicking on the documents below: