At Ormiston South Parade Academy we always strive to ensure that all children make at least good progress. As well as quality first teaching, our pastoral care, rigorous monitoring and tracking of all pupils helps us to identify any pupils who are at risk of not making sufficient progress and enables us to plan and implement intervention strategies.
The profile of our school shows that an average of 43% of pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium funding each year. The Pupil Premium grant is calculated on the number of pupils at each school in receipt of free school meals (FSM). It also takes into account any pupil in the last six years who may have been eligible for FSM but currently don’t meet the eligibility criteria. Children who are in the care of the Local Authority (CLAC) also generate grant funds as well as the children of service personnel. The Pupil Premium fund is designed to support schools in ‘narrowing the attainment gap’ to ensure achievement for all.
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 pupils from low income families.’