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What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is a fund given to schools aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers. Pupil Premium also provides funding for children who are adopted or have been looked after continuously for more than six months or the children of service personnel. Pupil Premium was initially introduced in April 2011. Schools now receive the following amounts of money per annum:

Pupils who are eligible for free school meals:    £935

Looked after children / Adoption:                       £1900

Children of service personnel:                            £300

Students can receive more than one of the premiums. The Literacy and Numeracy Catch up Premium is £500 for each year 7 student who enters the academy with reading or maths grades on less than a level 4.


How the Academy spends the Pupil Premium

Our vision is that all students will receive a personalised learning and intervention plan to help to support progress toward their potential and achieve whatever their social circumstances. We realise that not all pupils who are recognised as Pupil Premium will need academic support and we are committed to ensuring all students meet their academic, social and pastoral needs to enrich their experiences.

We understand that not all pupils who are registered as socially disadvantaged qualify or are registered as Pupil Premium. Our commitment to students is that we will use the grants to have the biggest impact on all students in the academy to support academic, social and pastoral needs.

We endeavour to use the funding appropriately to impact on all students in the Academy but will target individualised intervention at key students and groups of students to support progress, emotional and social influences and narrow the attainment gap. Decisions about spending will be informed by outstanding practice as highlighted through sources such as the Sutton Trust and through the Academy’s own self-evaluation of student’s greatest needs.

Provision are made through:

Our Pupil Premium Spending Review for 2015-2016 can be found here

Our Pupil Premium Spending Review for 2014-2015 can be found here

Our Pupil Premium Spending Review for 2013-2014 can be found here


Here is the 2016-2017 Action Plan.


Here is the Numeracy and Literacy Catch-up premium.


Eligibility for Pupil Premium via Free School Meals

Pupils who receive Free School meals are provided with a healthy meal at lunch and automatically qualify for the Pupil Premium (Free school meals can save parents more than £300 per year). If this is already the case then you don’t need to do anything. Students can be registered for Pupil Premium even if you don’t want your child to have free school meals if they meet the Pupil Premium Criteria.


If you think you may qualify, follow the steps below:


Is my Child eligible for Free School Meals?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

·       Income Support (IS);

·       Income Based Jobseekers Allowance;

·       An income-related employment and support allowance

·       The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit (PCGC)

·       Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or

Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by the HM Revenue & Customs, which does not exceed £16,190.

·       Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

If you receive Working Tax Credit you will not be entitled to free school meals.


Registering for Free School Meals

To apply or find out more information, please contact Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council on 0845 070 1066, you will need your National Insurance number to hand and they will be able to see if you qualify.

Alternatively, you can apply online by visiting: https://mybwd.blackburn.gov.uk/Pages/Form%20Pages/FreeSchoolMeals.aspx 

If you would like help with the application process, please do not hesitate to contact the Academy or Mr Atkinson who will happily help you with the registration process.


Pupil Premium Plus

Students who have been looked after continuously for more than six months automatically qualify for Pupil Premium Plus which provides the Academy with £1900 to support the student’s education in school. If this is the case then you don’t have to do anything as the Academy will automatically receive this money.

Please be aware that the government has extended the Pupil Premium Plus money received by schools to include any child adopted from care on or after 30th December 2005 and any child who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order. The Government has extended the coverage of funding in recognition of the experiences many adopted children have had in their early lives and a realisation that their needs do not change overnight. To enable the Academy to claim the Pupil Premium Plus for adopted children, you will need to inform us about your child and provide supporting evidence, for example, show the Academy the original Adoption (Court) Order. You will need to self-declare to the Academy, this will then trigger the payment of the Pupil Premium.

Please be assured that all information received regarding your child will be treated in the strictest confidence.


- Pupil Premium Spending Review for 2013-2014

- Pupil Premium Spending Review for 2014-2015

- Pupil Premium Spending Review for 2015-2016

- Numeracy and Literacy

- Pupi Premium - Action Plan

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