The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
Children eligible for pupil premium are:
- Pupils in year groups EYFS – Year 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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.
Headteachers and school governing bodies are held accountable for the impact of pupil premium funding. In line with current guidance, we place online the following information to keep all members of our school community informed of our expenditure of the PPG budget:
- our pupil premium allocation for the current academic year;
- details of how we intend to spend the allocation;
- details of how we have spent our previous academic year’s allocation;
- how it has made a difference to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.
The lead member of staff for PPG is Mrs Claire Smith (Deputy Headteacher)
The lead governor for PPG is Mr Guy Blakesley
This information can be found in the following documents.
In February 2015 the school commissioned a review of its expenditure of the pupil premium grant. The school was praised for the 'strong systems', 'careful tracking of all aspects of the pupil premium' and the 'impact' of the grant throughout the school.
Ofsted visited our school in June 2017 and praised our "well-planned provision for disadvantaged
pupils" which ensured "that they are making good progress and achieve broadly in line with other pupils nationally." Ofsted continued to praise our work by recognising that children in receipt of the were ensured access to extra-curricular and enrichment experiences.
Additionally, Mrs Smith, our designated leader is a fully trained Senior Leader of Education (SLE) with a particular focus on effective pupil premium spending.
Pupil Premium and Free School Meals
Since September 2014, all children in Key Stage One have been entitled to free school meals. This may mean the school is unaware of some Key Stage One children who would have been eligible for free school meals - and therefore the pupil premium grant. If you think that you your child would be eligible for free school meals and you are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits, please speak directly to a member of the Senior Management Team. We can then work with you to ensure that your child receives their full entitlement in school.
- income support or income-based Job Seekers Allowance;
- Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of less than £16,190 (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit)
- Pension Guarantee Credit;
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
If your child is in or about to enter Key Stage Two and you receive one or more of the above benefits, your child may be entitled to a free school meal and the pupil premium grant.
To apply for free school meals for a child in Key Stage Two, complete the online application form from Essex County Council. If you are unsure if your child is eligible, or would like support in completing the application, please feel free to ask a member of school staff.
Your feedback is important to us to ensure that we are communicating effectively with all stakeholders and maximising the impact of the pupil premium grant. If you are a parent or carer of a child at Grove Wood and would like to contact us regarding the grant, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and address your email to Mrs Smith.