In April 2010 the Government introduced the Pupil Premium to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals and others. This additional funding is on top of the funding a school receives and is targeted at reducing the gap in progress between students from disadvantaged backgrounds, to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. The funding is allocated to Sandy Upper School to spend on students from low-income families who were known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) over the last 6 years, Services Children and also for children who had been in Local Authority Care continuously for more than six months.
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent on reducing the gap in progress and attainment between Pupil Premium students and Non Pupil Premium students.
Prior to September 2013, the school did not have a focused strategy on how it used Pupil Premium Funding and therefore this has little impact on closing the gap in attainment of Pupil Premium students and Non Pupil Premium students.
However, from September 2013 we have ensured that we have utilised the Pupil Premium to support our students with a specific focus on raising attainment, increasing aspirations and engagement, to maximise the life opportunities for all students. We pride ourselves on our care and inclusive nature, and belief all our students can reach their full potential with the right support.
For the academic year 2016-17 Sandy Upper School has a total of 97 students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding as of September 2016 and received £935 per student, plus some additional funding for Looked after students, which gives a total of £77,570. This will continue to be used to support all students that meet the criteria for this funding as well as others needing additional support. In accordance with the School’s development plan and Achievement strategy the funding has been distributed in the following way: In 2015/16 the school received £69,490 in Pupil Premium funding. The attached file below shows how that funding was allocated to support the achievement of Pupil Premium students.