Pupil Premium is a sum of money the school receives for each student who is either in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or who has been in receipt of them in the past. We also receive money to support students from service families and those who are looked after outside of their families. Nationally, the statistics show that students from these groups tend to do less well than their peers in public examinations and so the aim of this money is to try to close that attainment gap.
In addition to the Pupil Premium grant the school provides financial support for students from lower income families through our Hardship Fund. Please see our charging and remissions policy for more details - please click here.
Pupil Premium Grant income for 2019-20 is £217,855
2015-2016 - £200,090
2016-2017 - £202k
2017-2018 - £211k
2018-2019 - £211k
2019-2020 - £217,855
What are the main barriers to learning faced by ACS Pupil Premium students?
- Lack of self-belief in their ability to make strong academic progress
- Attendance which does not meet the national threshold of 95%
- Social and emotional wellbeing deficits
- Lack of resources including ICT
- Low literacy
- Lack of awareness of aspirational opportunities, including further and higher education pathways which open a range of professions and careers
- Special educational needs
What do we spend the grant on?
We use the grant on the individual needs of students as they require them, and to fund or part-fund the areas shown below. This list is not exhaustive as the needs of students change over the academic year.
- Educational resources and equipment for students, for example textbooks, revision guides and ICT access
- Additional support with literacy and numeracy
- Increased Teaching Assistant support
- Alternative curriculum provision, such as college courses
- Assistance with the cost of curriculum trips, subject-related activities and other school trips
- Individual and group mentoring
- Uniform support for individual students
- Support with other opportunities and events to enhance and complement learning, for example music lessons, sports activities, Further and Higher Education ‘taster’ experiences and cultural visits
- An increase in teaching time in English and Maths and a reduction of class sizes.