The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. The extra funding is provided by the Government for each student registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years, as well as those who have ever been in care, or that have a parent in H.M. Forces. In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, Firth Park Academy received £935 for each eligible Pupil Premium student.
Our aim is to improve the outcomes, social capital, life chances, participation rate for this group of students, by providing them the equity to overcome the opportunity gap.
Firth Park Academy has a large population of Pupil Premium students- currently around 58%. As such, the money that we spend on supporting these students needs to impact over half the population of our school, so the initiatives need to affect and be applicable to as many students as possible rather than being narrowly focused on only small groups of individuals (as may be the case in other schools where Pupil Premium students are less representative within the school population). Where it has been identified as necessary we do have initiatives that will single out small groups of PP students for specific intervention, but by and large the processes we have put in place have far reaching impacts and so benefit large proportions of the school.
Please click on the link below for our latest Pupil Premium Document, which includes an action plan for 2017- 2018, as well as a review of spending and impact for 2016-17:
Claiming for Free School Meals
If you receive any of the following support benefits you may be entitled to receive free school meals:
- Income Support
- Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income related Employment Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit as long as you have a yearly household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) and do not get Working Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Universal Credit (from April 2018 this will be subject to an earnings cap)
Information for the Sheffield City Council Free School Meal Application can be found by clicking on the banner below: