The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. In 2012–13, schools were allocated a total of £1.25 billion funding for children from low-income families who were eligible for Free School Meals, Looked After Children (LAC) and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces.
The impact of the use of Pupil Premium funding is measured and reviewed; Ofsted (January 2014) noted how successful the school is in this area:
“The pupil premium funding is spent on extra support in a range of subjects, especially in English and mathematics. As a result, the attainment gap for students eligible for the pupil premium and other students is narrowing and they now achieve better than this group nationally in both English and mathematics. They are, on average, one GCSE grade behind their peers in English and two thirds of a grade behind in mathematics.”
The Governing Body rigorously monitors the progress of disadvantaged students and the impact of the school’s Pupil Premium spending.
Pupil Premium funding is enabling the school to diminish differences for Pupil Premium students compared to “other” students nationally and within the school. The funding has allowed us in particular to focus on retaining and employing a superb group of professionals who work tirelessly for all students, particularly the Pupil Premium ones. The Governing Body monitors the impact of Pupil Premium spending and outcomes for students very closely. Our link governor for Pupil Premium is Mr Peter Johnson; our Pupil Premium lead is Ms Selina Dempsey; please contact them for further information.