What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is funding that we receive to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students. Thornden School receives extra funding for each student that meets the criteria below:
- Every child currently registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM)
- Every child who has been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
- Children who have been looked after for 6 months or longer (LAC)
- Children who have a parent currently serving in the armed forces
Introduction to the Pupil Premium Grant
Pupil Premium funding is allocated to Local Authorities and schools, with students on roll in January that were known to have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any time, in the last six years. Schools have the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium, which is additional to the underlying academy budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable students. Schools are encouraged to publicise the Pupil Premium to parents and carers, in order that the school receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement, for students who are eligible for FSM.
Year 7 Catch-up Grant
The Year 7 Catch-Up Grant is additional to Pupil Premium funding to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in literacy or numeracy at the end of KS2.
During 2018/19 - Total figure received £9,000 for Year 7 Catch Up. This money was spent in a holistic manner paying towards the following initiatives which we continue to provide.