The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11. A disadvantaged pupil is any pupil who has been registered and eligible for a free school meal over the past six years.
At Pen Mill Academy we get the following additional funding to help close the gap between the progress and achievement of disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
- £1,320 per pupil of primary-school age
- £2,300 (Pupil Premium Plus) per pupil who:
- has been looked after for 1 day or more
- has been adopted from care
- has left care under a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangements order
We ensure that our additional pupil premium funding is well spent by developing an annual plan, targeted at individual pupil premium children, that supports learning and inclusion. The plan is developed at the start of the academic year with input of school teachers about the needs of pupil premium students in their class and then reviewed throughout the year. The plan is reviewed throughout the year to ensure that appropriate support is being given to help pupils make planned progress.
Pupil Premium is a very important addition to our funding and children who attend a Somerset County Council school, whose parents or carers receive certain benefits may be entitled to free school meals.
Only the benefits listed here - and no other benefits - qualify you for free school meals for your children.
These are the benefits.
- Universal Credit with an annual household income of less than £7,400 after tax
- Income Support (IS)
- Employment and Support Allowance (Income related) - not Contribution related
- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA) - not Contribution based
- Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit.
- Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income (as assessed by HMRC) of less than £16,190, as long as the family is not also in receipt of Working Tax Credit.
If you have recently become unemployed, but are still receiving Working Tax Credits, you may be entitled to free school meals. Please contact Somerset County Council on 0300 123 2224 for advice.
Please visit the school office for an application form or apply online.
Details of the Pupil Premium spending and evaluation plan for 2020-21 can be found here.
Details of the Pupil premium spending and evaluation plan for 2019-20 can be found here.
Details of the Pupil Premium plan and evaluation 2018-19 can be found here.