Pupil Premium

Orchard Mead Academy has a Pupil Premium strategy which aims to overcome the barriers to educational achievement faced by our pupils. The effectiveness of this strategy will be continually evaluated, and a report of the effectiveness of the previous year’s spending will be published here each year.

What is the Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is additional funding for schools in England. It is designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers. The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It is allocated to:

  • Students who currently receive the Free School Meal allowance (FSM)
  • Students who have received the FSM allowance in the last six years
  • Students whose parents currently serve in the military
  • Students who are currently in Local Authority Care

Schools are accountable for how they use Pupil Premium funding to support low-income families and other target groups. Measures have been included in the performance tables that show achievement of students who are eligible for the Pupil Premium.

How much is the Pupil Premium worth?

Secondary schools receive £935 funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.

Esteeming Experiences

At Orchard Mead Academy we strive to create the best opportunities and experiences for all. The way we have chosen to spend aspects of the funding means that other vulnerable students can also benefit from the approaches adopted by the school.

As part of our commitment to delivering the best possible educational and extra-curricular experience for our students, we use some of our funding to provide additional enrichment opportunities for Pupil Premium students such subsidising visits abroad to experience the culture and language of another country, visits to universities to work alongside undergraduates, work experience placements with local industries to experiment with different careers and meet a wide range of people within those industries, meeting MPs and visiting governments at home and abroad to improve understanding of politics and its place in our world.

Special Circumstances Allowance

There may be occasions when Premium students need support in purchasing equipment, activities or trips or even uniform.

To find out more, email [email protected] or [email protected] to find out what support might be available to support you.

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