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Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is provided to schools to improve the educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.

The school receives funding for the following groups of pupils:

  • £955 per pupil - Pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past 6 years.
  • £2345 per pupil - Pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care.
  • £310 per pupil - Pupils with a parent who is serving in HM Forces or has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence. This funding is to help with pastoral support.

Funding (£2345 per pupil) is paid to the Local Authority (LA) for children who are looked after by the LA. The designated virtual school head (VSH) in the LA will manage the PPG for pupils eligible for the £2,345 funding. The VSH will ensure there are arrangements in place to discuss how the child will benefit from pupil premium funding with the designated teacher or another member of staff in the child’s education setting who best understands their needs.

For more information, please contact Paul McFadden, Senior Deputy Headteacher, Olney campus.


The Funding - Our Aims

The PPG will be spent on targeted additional support strategies and interventions resulting in every pupil, however financially disadvantaged, being able to: 

  • Improve levels of attainment and progress with high expectations and standards
  • Nurture a thirst for knowledge and love of learning through excellent teaching
  • Have full access to the curriculum that will broaden horizons and develop character that include enriching opportunities
  • Work effectively with parents and offer personalised support and guidance

The essential point is to ensure that disadvantage does not hinder potential and to monitor, evaluate and intervene. We have taken guidance from the Department of Education 'Pupil premium: effective use and accountability' (October 2019), Education Endowment Foundation 'The EEF guide to the pupil premium' (June 2019) and Ofsted pupil premium report (January 2013).

Our three year specific strategic aims can be found in our 'Pupil Premium Strategy Statement' (November 2021) by following the link below.


The school has identified the following areas as challenges to achievement for pupils supported by the PPG.

  1.  Weak literacy and numeracy skills
  2.  Medical, social and emotional barriers
  3.  Material poverty in terms of resources for learning, space to work at home 
  4.  Low self-esteem, aspiration and lack of resilience
  5.  Poor parental engagement 
  6.  Behaviour and Attitude to Learning
  7.  Poor attendance and punctuality
  8.  SEND

Deployment of Pupil Premium Funding

Full details of how the Pupil Premium funding is used to improve the attainment, progress and experiences of our pupils can be found in the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement by clicking on the link below. These strategies and initiatives are paid for from the PPG, which have been found to benefit pupil premium students.

The three strands (and subsequent sub-strands) are:

  • Teaching Priorities
    • ​Identified Subject Support
    • Identified Skills Support
    • Classroom Strategies
    • Recruitment and Retention
  • Targeted Academic Support
    • ​ICT - Hardware & Software
    • Interventions - in school & extracurricular
    • Tutoring Programmes
    • Literacy/Reading
  • Wider Strategies
    • ​Ready for School & Learning
    • Cultural Capital
    • Wellbeing
    • Parental Engagement

The vast majority of the PPG is spent on the strategic development of quality teaching in the classroom and academic support interventions. In line with the guidance from the Department for Education, the PPG is not deployed so that it solely benefits eligible students. Many of our strategies impact on a wider range of students. The school will consider requests to support resources, trips and enrichment activities from families of eligible pupils but does not guarantee that they will be fully or partially approved.

Requests can be made via email: