Arnold Academy

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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Expected Funding Statement September 2018 - July 2019 

The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months. Eligibility for the Pupil Premium is now extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever6 Free School Meals measure).

A higher rate of funding is allocated for Pupil Premium + (LAC, SGO, RO, or adopted from care).

A lower rate of funding is allocated for Service children.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they are accountable for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups. The intention at Arnold Academy is to close the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.                         


Number eligible

Number of pupils at KS2


Number of pupils at KS3


Pupil Premium +


Service Children


Total Pupil premium funding received




Disadvantaged pupils

Pupil premium per pupil

Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM


Pupils in years 7 to 11 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




Service children

Pupil premium per pupil

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



Objectives - to provide:

  • High quality teaching and learning to enable disadvantaged children to ‘close the gap’ when compared to their peers                             
  • Enrichment experiences
  • Individualised learning opportunities where appropriate.

In addition to this some of the funding may be used to assist in the purchase of school equipment/ uniform, where necessary.


Main Barriers to Educational Achievement

  • Literacy and numeracy ability and attainment is lower upon entry to Arnold Academy for students eligible for Pupil Premium, than students who are not eligible.
  • Attendance of students eligible for Pupil Premium can be lower than that of their peers, and although we have significantly reduced the difference at Arnold Academy, prior poor attendance can be a factor.
  • Due to the rural location of the school, the majority of the pupils travel via school buses. In many cases students eligible for Pupil Premium have no other means to get home, so cannot stay to attend extra-curricular clubs and activities.
  • Parental engagement – for example, parents’ ability to support home based activities and attend parents’ evenings.


Nature of Support

At Arnold Academy, there is a tailored package of interwoven support which emerges from our ‘core practices’ which is used to close the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers as well as providing wider enrichment experiences.

Nature and frequency of support is determined by pupils’ identified needs, following termly pupil progress meetings and tracking systems monitored by the Deputy Headteacher.

Areas of identified spending focus on pastoral support, focused teacher support and intervention.

This approach is supported by the research paper, Supporting the Attainment of Disadvantaged Pupils: articulating success and good practice produced by the National Foundation for Educational Research which identifies several building blocks to success in regards to PP spend. The report states: ‘more successful schools tended to have more extensive social and emotional support strategies in place, including developing close links with mental health services, creating a ‘social care’ hub within the school, providing counselling services and parent liaison staff, alongside teaching and learning interventions.’


You can also see specific information about how we spent our Pupil Premium in the last year  .


In addition to Pupil Premium, we also receive funding for Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up activities and a PE and Sports Premium for enhancing our provision of sports activities. 


This letter to parents sets out how Pupil Premium funding will be spent from September 2018; here is a link to access the request for financial support form referred to in the letter.