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Pupil Premium, Free School Meals, Year 7 Catch Up

The school would encourage any parents who feel they may be entitled to Free School Meals to take up that provision.

Do you qualify?
You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment you may receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Pupils can also register for Free School Meals if they get any of these benefits themselves. No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming. Please contact the school’s Finance Department to talk to us about registering your child if you think you are eligible.

Pupil Premium

In April 2010, the Government introduced the Pupil Premium.   This funding was allocated to children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for Free School Meals and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.  The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. 

For the academic year 2019 - 2020, the school received an allocation of  £186,045.  This funding has contributed to expenditure on a free breakfast for children registered for Free School Meals, additional literacy lessons, 3/4 and 4/5 borderlines English and maths intervention sessions, KS3 one to one tuition, additional careers guidance, mentoring sessions, introductory vocational courses at a local college, music lessons, curriculum and enrichment visits, and access to extracurricular activities including a supported homework club.  The school will receive a similar amount in per pupil funding in this academic year which will allow it to continue with the initiatives outlined above.

The link below will take you to our pupil premium strategy for the current academic year. It will also outline the impact of last year's spending in this area.

Pupil Premium Strategy








% of Pupil Premium pupils 5 A* - C ( or 4+) in EM







% of Other Pupils 5 A* - C (or 4+ ) in EM







% Within School Gap







% National gap







Year 7 Catch Up

Year 7 catch up funding it used to support Year 7 pupils coming into the school with a Key Stage 2 score of below 100 in maths or English reading tests. These pupils have the opportunity to benefit from an individualised programme of additional literacy lessons, maths intervention sessions, KS3 one to one tuition and targeted support from teaching assistants in lessons.  Through regular testing and progress activities these pupils are monitored to ensure they are making good progress.

2016 - 2017

The school received £7,000 Year 7 catch up funding in 2016 – 2017. There are 25 pupils requiring English support, 18 pupils requiring maths support, 27 pupils requiring both English and maths support. In English, all pupils are on track to achieve a grade 4 at the end of KS4. In maths, all bar seven pupils are on track to achieve a grade 4 at the end of KS4.

2015 - 2016

The school received £7,000 Year 7 catch-up funding (14 pupils) in 2015 - 2016. Of these 14 pupils: all bar one demonstrated progress in English; all bar three demonstrated progress in maths

2014 - 2015

In 2014 - 2015 the school received £6,000 Year 7 catch-up funding (12 pupils). Of these 12 pupils: 100% demonstrated progress in English; 86% pupils demonstrated progress in maths.