The school receives money from the government, called Pupil Premium, for each child who is eligible for free school meals, is in care or whose parents are in the Armed Services.
Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is paid by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for FSM in Reception to Year 11. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it is used to address any underlying inequalities between children who are eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
Each year, we consider the needs of the children for which we receive Pupil Premium and look at how we can best support their needs. Pupil Premium funding has been used to pay for one-to-one, paired and group reading and for literacy and numeracy sessions where extension or support is needed e.g. intervention and catch up sessions. It has also been used to develop social skills and to meet children's emotional needs and personal development, for example, through counselling and Thrive work. In addition, some money is set aside for contributing to residential visits and educational visits of those children for whom we receive Pupil Premium and who may not otherwise be able to participate. Depending on need, the money has also been used to arrange cultural events and workshops to give children a wider range of experiences that have contributed to their cultural and spiritual development.
Every year we have found that this additional intervention has not only had a positive impact on pupils' attainment in reading, writing and mathematics, but has also had an impact on their emotional, spiritual and cultural development, thus improving their future life-chances.