Pupil Premium and Catch Up Premium
In April 2011 the Government introduced the Pupil Premium. This additional funding was allocated to the school to spend on children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who had been in Local Authority Care continuously for more than six months.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals and others by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
In addition, the “Catch-Up” premium aims to help students who enter Year 7 with SATs scores of lower than Level 4 in reading or maths in order to help them to ‘catch up’ with their peers.