What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM) or have been in local authority care at any point. It is also available for children of service personnel. It is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers. The DfE has given us the freedom to use the Pupil Premium grant as we see fit, based upon our knowledge of our pupils’ needs. However, we are accountable for the use of this additional Pupil Premium funding.

Pupil Premium Policy Statistics indicate that in England and Wales there is a significant gap in the academic performance (attainment and progress) of pupils who receive free school meals (and/or who are looked after or are previously looked after) and those who are not. On average, they underperform academically compared to their peers. The reason for this gap is complex but it should be noted that many disadvantaged pupils do exceptionally well in our school. As such, we have used the Pupil Premium funding in a number of different ways, as outlined in Pupil Premium Strategy Document. The grant has been used support Quality First Teaching or to fund strategies to provide support, intervention, enrichment activities and study resources and equipment. We nurture skills and talents and we enable children who qualify for Pupil Premium to have full access to extra-curricular activities. We will also make sure decisions about the spending of Pupil Premium funding is based on educational research and that data analysis and knowledge of children is used to identify barriers and individualise intervention.

Further provision and arrangements are made in the sixth form through bursary applications in Years 12 and 13. Please contact the sixth form team for more information on this.

The Pupil Premium Grant per-pupil for 2019 to 2020 is as follows:

Disadvantaged pupils

Pupil premium per pupil

Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM


Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority


Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order


Service children

Pupil premium   per pupil

Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence


How does the school promote the Pupil Premium?

We encourage all parents to apply for free school meals if they think a child may be eligible. Regular reminders are sent by Parentmail. We ask parents to contact the school for detailed information, or to apply directly to: http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/schoolsandlearning/fsm.asp. Even if your child chooses not to eat school lunches, the application will ensure that other funding (Pupil Premium or 16-19 Bursary) becomes available for your child.

Assistant Head, Mrs Chapman contacts all parents to make them aware of the funding streams available to support children

16-19 Bursary

If your child is in Year 12 or 13 and meets any of the following criteria funding is available to help with curricular trips and equipment and resources to support learning.

  • is in receipt of free school meals
  • is in receipt of income support
  • family qualifies for means-tested benefits
  • is in Local Authority care
  • is a care leaver
  • is a carer
  • is disabled

Often we will match fund the more expensive trips, such as the Venice art trip. We can also help with funding for travel to and from school, which is particularly important in rural Cumbria, where we have one of the largest and most sparsely populated catchment areas of any school in the country. We support our 16-19 Bursary students through the UCAS process and will pay for UCAS applications and transport for university visits.

Application forms are available online from the school website. Go to the ‘Policies’ section and then to ’Bursary 16-19 Policy’. Please contact the sixth form team for more information on this.


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