The Pupil Premium
The staff and governors of The Ridge Academy are committed to ensuring that the teaching and learning opportunities provided in school meet the needs of all pupils so that all make excellent progress and achieve their potential.
The Pupil Premium allowance is allocated to schools in addition to the school’s budget share. This money is calculated on a given amount for every child in school who is entitled to free school meals or who has been entitled to free school meals over the last six years. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
In our academy a decision has been made to use the Pupil Premium funding to reduce the historic underachievement of children from homes entitled to free school meals by providing additional support to children and their families and by providing resources to reduce barriers to learning.
Our school welcomes and shares the government’s aim of tackling all forms of disadvantage and works tirelessly to ensure inclusion and equal access for all learners.
We recognise that the Pupil Premium funding is allocated to children as a means of addressing some of the issues associated with social disadvantage and in particular, in narrowing and hopefully eventually closing, any gap in attainment. In making appropriate provision for this we also acknowledge that not all pupils who have been in receipt of free school meals are socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or have qualified for free school meals.