THE PUPIL PREMIUM
The Priory receives a Pupil Premium grant which is additional funding used to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. There are three categories of children that qualify for a Pupil Premium Allocation: Children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) which also include those pupils who have been eligible over the last six years (Ever 6); Looked After Children (LAC) and children who are adopted from care.
The Priory has the responsibility of deciding how this funding is used and are held accountable for how this additional funding impacts on the learning and achievement of pupils from families facing economic difficulties.
Further information about the funding can be found here:
Historically, the number of pupils registered for free school meals or who have been registered for free school meals in the past six years is very small indeed.
There are a number of challenges facing the school in this area, chiefly:
How to publically account for the money without identifying specific pupils, in what is a very small community.
How to spend the money in accordance with government guidance when historically there has been no difference between the attainment of FSM and non FSM pupils.
As FSM are so small and as the academic attainment of these children is generally at least equal to that of other children. In recent years funding has been used to provide general learning support to under achieving pupils and speech & language support with infant children. We also continue to use the funding to support children in need by providing financial assistance for enrichment activities and for the longer term development of ELSA provision.
2016/17 - allocation £4,560
2017/18 - allocation £3,240
2018/19 - allocation £