Pupil Premium/Disadvantaged Students
The pupil premium is additional funding allocated to schools to help support certain students with the aim of closing the attainment gap between them and their peers. The academy constantly challenges all students so that they achieve the highest levels of attainment whatever their starting point. The pupil premium is therefore a key resource for ensuring the realisation of this inclusive and aspirational ethos.
Those eligible are students who received free school meals in the last 6 years (FSM - Ever 6), are currently in receipt of FSM, and looked after children (LAC) or ever in care (PostLAC). These are referred to as "disadvantaged students". Pupil premium refers to the above groups plus service children. We recognise that not all students who are in need qualify for pupil premium. We therefore reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any individual that the school has identified as being in need.
The pupil premium is used to support a range of measures employed by the academy to address the discrepancy in the achievement of FSM/LAC and non FSM/LAC students. The Sutton Trust has undertaken extensive research to investigate the cost and effectiveness of various intervention strategies to improve the achievement of disadvantaged students. Its findings have been used, in part, to inform our pupil premium provision.
We monitor closely the impact of pupil premium funding on students. Where possible, the impact on academic and pastoral outcomes will be evaluated in relation to spending, but for many activities, this is likely to be difficult due to their nature.