Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

It is allocated for each child who is or has been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. There is also separate, lower pupil premium support for service children whose parents are serving in the armed forces.

In the 2021 to 2022 financial year, schools will receive £955.00 for each eligible pupils in Year 7 to Year 11, paid in quarterly instalments.

Schools will also receive £2,345 for each pupils who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:

If a pupils has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £2,345 rate.

Schools to which pupil premium is allocated are free to spend it as they see fit. However, they are accountable for ensuring the additional funding is used effectively to raise the attainment of disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Schools are required to publish this information online to ensure that parents and carers are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the premium and the extra support that they receive.

In recent years, some of the initiatives in which St Aidan’s Academy has invested to support eligible pupils include:

The next Pupil Premium strategy review will be in September 2022.


Closing the Gap

The Impact of our Pupil Premium Interventions

There have been very significant increases in the progress of the pupil premium cohort in recent years, there is now no in-school gap with other pupils. Progress for St Aidan’s pupil premium cohort is now almost in line with the national figures for non-pupil premium and very significantly above the national figures for pupil premium pupils.



Pupil Premium Strategy 2021-22