The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant, which is additional to main academy funding, is seen by the government as the best way to address the national inequalities between students eligible for free school meals (FSM), Looked After Children (LAC) and other students. This funding will ensure that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and academies and is clearly identifiable in our budget. Schools can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual students within their responsibility.
At The St Lawrence Academy, we support all our students. We do this by providing high quality classroom teaching supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners, as well as additional support to enable the higher ability students to achieve more than they ever thought possible. The Middle Leaders work alongside the Senior Leadership Team and Trustees to ensure that the Pupil Premium is targeted and provides the best possible support to students that may be at a disadvantage.
The Pupil Premium has been spent in an integrated way to ensure that we maximize opportunities for entitled students to receive additional support, use of facilities and residential opportunities.
HMCI Sir Michael Wilshaw emphasises that “deprivation does not determine destiny” and this is a statement that we strongly believe and endeavour to challenge and expect all students to do their best.