Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:
- generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
- often do not perform as well as their peers
The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.
Schools £955 for every secondary age pupil, who claims free school meals, or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years.
Schools get £2,345 for every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.
The service premium is not part of the pupil premium as the rules to attract the service premium are different. Schools get £310 for every pupil with a parent who:
- is serving in HM Forces
- has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence
This funding is to help with pastoral support.
Our Pupil Premium funding is being spent in many areas across the school. This funding can help impact on our students learning, behaviour and attendance. For further information please see Pupil Premium strategy.
Since 2012 we have held a Summer School during the Summer break for the new intake of Year 6 pupils, focussing primarily on disadvantaged pupils and pupils who are the only pupil from their school with a place here at St Thomas More. This has been very successful in regards to pupils gaining an invaluable foresight of the school, staff and pupils, as well as making new friends with pupils from other schools who have a place at St Thomas More. This helps to ensure students have a smooth transition from primary to secondary school.