The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and to close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
The school receives this funding for:
- pupils who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) or who have been eligible at some time in the past 6 years
- pupils whose parents are in the arned forces (Services)
- looked after children (LAC)
- children who have previously been looked after (Post LAC)
How do parents register their child's entitlement to Pupil Premium funding?
If you think you may be eligible for FSM due to low family income or being in receipt of certain benefits, you can apply online via Gloucestershire County Council. This is a secure, confidential way of applying and you will receive an instant decision.
Pupils with a parent currently serving in the armed services, pupils who have a parent who died in service and pupils whose parents have left the armed services since April 2011 are all eligible for Pupil Premium. Parents should notify the school of their eligibility via the school office.
For pupils who were previoulsy looked after, guardians should inform the school of their eligibility and provide the school with supporting evidence such as an adoption certificate or court order.
How is the Pupil Premium spent?
At Ashchurch we have a number of children who require different kinds of support for a wide range of reasons. These may be academic, social and emotional, physical or behavioural. To support these needs we have been able, as well as developing links with a range of outside providers, to build a group of Teaching Assistants who offer a range of support in these areas, helping children by offering a breadth of interventions and personalised support. To this end, the bulk of our Pupil Premium funding is spent on Teaching Assistant support which is used flexibly to meet individual needs.
You can find our latest Pupil Premium strategy below which details the amount of funding received and how we intend to spend it.