Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.
At Sacred Heart School we aim to ensure that children experience quality first teaching, meeting the needs of each individual child. We aim to ensure that every child reaches or exceeds age-related expectations in reading, writing and mathematics. In addition, no child is disadvantaged due to inability to pay for school trips, residential visits, music tuition or other extra-curricular activities.
We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our pupils. We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. In making provision for disadvantaged Pupil Premium Funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the disadvantaged. Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.
What is the Pupil Premium?
‘The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11’ (DfE, Dec 2013).
Is your child eligible for Pupil Premium funding?
There are currently three types of Pupil Premium allocation:
- Pupil Premium;
- Pupil Premium Plus; and
- Service Child Premium.
In order to receive this additional funding, as a school we are required to provide information to the Department for Education confirming which children meet the government criteria.
Pupil Premium: £1,345 per eligible pupil (from April 2020)
If your child is eligible for free school meals or has been in the last six years this will generate pupil premium funding. To be eligible for free school meals you must be in receipt of the appropriate benefits and have submitted an application for free school meals to the Local Authority Benefits Team
If you qualify for the appropriate benefits, but have chosen not to apply for free school meals, please consider applying. You do not have to take up the free school meal to attract the funding. Free school meals cannot be backdated, so you should only apply if you currently qualify.
Pupil Premium Plus: £2,345 per pupil (from April 2020)
This grant is for children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order.
This grant is also available for Looked-after children (LAC) (defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority); however, funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked-after children.
Service Child Premium: £310 per eligible pupil (from April 2020)
Pupils in year groups Reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6, Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.
From September 2012, schools are required to publish online information about how we have used the Pupil Premium. This ensures that all stakeholders are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium and the extra support and benefits that they receive.
The Leadership Team and Governing Body regularly reviews the impact of how we allocate our Pupil Premium funding to make sure it represents both value for money and has played a direct role in helping pupils to reach their full potential, both academically and socially.