Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium 2019-20

Background: Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Coalition Government in April 2011. This additional funding is paid to schools in respect of their disadvantaged pupils: Pupils who have been registered for free schools meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years. Pupils looked after continuously by the local authority for more than six months. FSM is the only pupil level measure of deprivation available to schools and the link between FSM eligibility and school underachievement is very strong. Schools receive Pupil Premium funding to support their eligible pupils and narrow the attainment gap between them and their peers.

How is Pupil Premium used and Impact measured?

At St. Wilfrids Academy we use our funding for a range of purposes suited to the individual needs of our children. 68% of St Wilfrids Year 11 pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium and 75% overall through KS2 to KS4. Impact is measured using academic progress measured from baselines on referral and improved student attendance compared with referring schools.

Pupil Premium allocation: £28050

This year, we will continue to use the pupil premium funding to support achievement, pastoral care, inclusion and early intervention. We continue to work with teachers since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made available for the individual pupils within their classes. This support will include:

Barriers to learning

We have invested in a Staff Development Programme delivering the Thrive Approach. It uses a developmental model to help us understand how we develop socially and emotionally from birth through to adulthood. This model gives us a framework for understanding what healthy child development looks like in terms of behaviour and learning and clarifies what the role of adults should be in facilitating a child’s development at each of the different stages. In addition, the model helps us interpret children’s behaviour, enabling us to identify the developmental needs being signalled by their behaviour and to choose appropriate, targeted interventions designed to meet those needs.


Targeted support and interventions include: one to one tuition, Accelerated Reader Software and financial support for enrichment visits that give our students valuable SMSC opportunities.

We have invested in additional one-to-one GCSE support for disengaged Year 11 students. This enables us to offer additional KS4 year 11 capacity to referring academies.

We have introduced trips and enrichment visits that have included The Deep, The Hepworth Gallery, Forest Schools Skills, Off road Mountain bike riding, Ice Skating and a theatre trip to see the GCSE featured play “Blood Brothers”. We also have a comprehensive swimming programme for a Primary and Secondary students.

Pastoral Care

Our dedicated staff support the pupil’s pastoral care needs and an element of pupil premium funding, ensures the pupil’s basic needs are met for example funding school uniforms and breakfast club places.


The impact of the Pupil Premium Strategy was reflected in the Summer 2019 GCSE Results:

  • 60% of Year 11 Students passed GCSE Maths and English
  • 100% passed a Numeracy & Literacy Qualification
  • 79% of students entered passed GCSE Biology
  • 100% of students entered passed GCSE Art
  • 29 students passed L2 Personal Finance


The Pupil Premium Strategy Will be reviewed March 2020.

You read more about how we utilise the Pupil Premium funding on our Statutory Information page here.