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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and is paid by means of a specific grant for children who:

  • are registered as eligible for Free School Meals within the last 6 years have been looked after for 1 day or more
  • are adopted
  • leave care under a Special Guardianship Order, a Residence Order or Child Arrangements Order
  • where the parent self-declares their child’s status to the school, providing supporting evidence (e.g. an adoption order); and
  • where the school records on the January School Census that it has a child on roll who meets the above criteria.

Service Premium

The school receives Service Premium funding to provide pastoral support for forces children. The funding is allocated for each child recorded as having a parent in the armed forces within the last six years. For example, this funding is used to provide additional pastoral support for students moving into the school (through a family support advisor, counselling) to mitigate the effects of turbulent schooling (where students change schools due to a change in military posting). Some of the funding is used to support the development of friendships through activities such as breakfast clubs and Games club. In-line with government guidance for this grant, the funding is not used to subsidise trips or equipment for individuals.

Catch-up Premium

This is a separate grant which was introduced in September 2012, and is paid by means of a specific grant for year 7 students who did not achieve age related expectations in English and Mathematics at Key Stage 2. This money is dedicated to funding intervention so that these students catch-up in English and Mathematics as soon as possible.


The school’s strategies for using these sets of grants can be read in the Pupil Premium report. For both pupil premium and catch-up premium, the Department for Education acknowledges that it is for schools to determine how the grants are used, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. This is reviewed during the academic year.

Our Pupil Premium and Catch-up Premium Funding - report to governors and parents provides detailed information about how the school deploys the additional funding. Our Pupil Premium strategy will next be reviewed in September 2021.