Our school receives additional funding via the Pupil Premium to help ensure that all groups of children have the opportunity to achieve well.
The DFE offer the following guidance on how the Pupil Premium is to be spent:
‘In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility…(schools) will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support low income families.’
The purpose of this report is to inform parents, carers and governors how much pupil premium the school received for 2023-2024, how it was spent and the impact at had on pupils’ achievement. This statement details our school’s use of pupil premium (and recovery premium for the 2022 to 2023 academic year) funding to help improve the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils. It outlines our pupil premium strategy, how we intend to spend the funding in this academic year and the effect that last year’s spending of pupil premium had within our school.
Thorpepark is located in an area of high social deprivation where 97.5% of our children live in the 10% most disadvantaged homes nationally.
Almost 60.2% of children are regarded as FSM children. As a result Thorpepark receives a significant amount of Pupil Premium funding.
This means that resources and actions put place as a result of the Pupil Premium funding has an impact on all pupils, a significant number of which come from low income and disadvantaged backgrounds.
We are mindful of the importance of not confusing entitlement with ability as the Pupil Premium is an entitlement to ensure that all eligible children make the progress and reach the standards they are capable of.