The Pupil Premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of students who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). The Pupil Premium also provides funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and the children of service personnel. The Pupil Premium is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers. Secondary schools also receive an additional funding for Year 7 students who have not achieved at least level 4 (the expected level at Key Stage 2), in reading and/or Mathematics. This funding is called Catch-Up Premium (CUP) and is intended to help these students ‘catch up’ in literacy and numeracy as early as possible in their secondary education and therefore enable them to access the secondary curriculum more fully.


The purpose of this policy is to outline how we will ensure that the Pupil Premium allocated to us has an impact on narrowing the attainment gaps which currently exist between our disadvantaged students and their peers. As a school in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, we are accountable to our parents and school community for how we are using this additional resource to narrow the achievement gaps of our pupils.  New measures have been included in the performance tables published annually on a national level. They capture the achievement of disadvantaged students covered by the Pupil Premium.


Pupil Premium Amount
2012/13 £256,885.00
2013/14 £ 373,500.00
2014/15 £ 402,050.00
2015/16 £ 393,621.65
2016/17 £ 339,765.00


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Year 7 163 98 65
Year 8 173 68 105
Year 9 153 73 80
Year 10 134 64 70
Year 11 164 78 86
Total 787 381 406
% of students in School 48% 52%

A breakdown of the projected expenditure for the year 2016/2017 is shown below.

Pupil Premium 2016/17
Curriculum Support £167,290.00
Targeted students at KS3 for literacy and numeracy groups £32,000
HLTA delivering small group and 1:1 intervention (Maths) £17,000
Literacy leader coordinates “Accelerated Reader” programme £23,000
Accelerated Reader at KS3 – To improve reading and comprehension £5,690
HLTAs (English) deliver small group intervention working with identified students £17,000
Assertive mentor programme and SLT Assertive mentor programme for high achieving students – provide support, guidance, academic and pastoral care £30,000
HLTA delivering numeracy support to High achieving pupils in year 9 £17,000
Year 7 spelling initiative runs during registration £1,000
Volunteer reader programme at KS3 £600
Senior leadership devolved time £24,000
Support to access learning opportunities £81,500.00
Purchase of revision materials £22,000
Purchase of aspirational programmes linked to core subjects £5,000
Holiday Revision Programmes to support pupils preparing for examination classes £5,000
Summer School – resources and staffing £5,000
Targeted independent careers advice £16,500
Subsidised Residential and Field Trips £10,000
Rewards activities – support the Progress Pyramid for those pupils who are consistently making progress and attendance £5,000
Leeds Ahead Partnership – Business & Careers engagement programme £7,000
Crick Software CLD £2,500
Wex- Work Experience £3,500
Action focused on Social, emotional and behavioural issues £58,670.00
Resilience Camp £15,000
Safer Schools Officer £8,500
Beck Support Student Counselling £20,000
LCC SaLT £5,500
ED Lounge £5,000
East AIP £4,670
Actions focused on improving attendance £36,100.00
Dedicated Attendance Improvement Officer and Attendance Manager £24,000
LCC Attendance Improvement Service £3,000
Head of Year case studies £600
Chartwells- Breakfast Club £8,500
Total £343,560.00
Catch up 7
Catch Up 7 will be spent on Numeracy and Literacy intervention according to need and diagnostic assessment. £18,500.00

The Pupil Premium and Catch Up 7 is spent in an integrated and targeted way, to ensure that pupils receive the opportunity for additional support and access to learning opportunities. We chose the classroom approaches and intervention strategies which research has shown works. The progress of these pupils is monitored throughout the year at each assessment point and the strategies are monitored for their effectiveness.

Sutton trust research indicates that effective support comes from improving feedback (a whole school focus), reduced class size, early intervention and extending the breadth of the curriculum.

Please follow the link below for greater detail regarding the Academies Pupil Premium strategy.

Disadvantaged Strategy 2016-17

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