The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), and to children who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. We will, however, be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low income families.
Schools are required to publish online information about how we have used or are planning to use the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.
A statement to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’ will appear on our school website annually.
For more general information about Pupil Premium, see
This letter provides information on eligibility and information on how to apply.
The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to schools based on the number of children on the current roll who have been entitled to Free School Meals at any point during the past six years, or have been in the care of a Local Authority (‘Looked After’) continuously for more than six months.
Schools are charged with using Pupil Premium funding to ‘close the gap’ between the attainment of those children from disadvantaged backgrounds and those living in families with incomes above the low-income threshold.
Some of the funding is used to offer support to those pupils who are at a disadvantage compared to their peers even if they are not eligible for a free school meal. Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying school budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.
Following the Covid-19 Pandemic and the impact on our most vulnerable pupils, the school is taking measurers to strategically plan for this group of children to ensure that positive outcomes are achievable within the restrictions of the ‘bubbles’ in school.
Please see below for the school's strategy statement which includes the proposed expenditure and support for this academic year.
This document is reviewed annually.
At Sacred Heart School, the number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding was 13.7%. As a school, we made provision for these pupils based on their individual needs. We looked at their academic ability, their individual areas for development across the wider curriculum and their home environment. From this analysis, we tailored the provision to the identified needs.
Evidence has shown that impact of the school closure due to the Covid pandemic is particularly evident for this group of children. As a school we are carefully looking at the provision for our most vulnerable pupils and how we can best support them dunring 2020-2021.
Details how the Pupil Premium Grant is viewed and used at Heart School can be viewed below.