Pupil Premium Funding has been allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM). However, the school recognises that not all pupils in receipt of FSM are vulnerable or socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that many pupils not in receipt of FSM may be vulnerable or socially disadvantaged. The governors of all schools reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium Funding to support any pupils or groups of pupils that the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
As a school, we are committed to ensuring that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils, in particular those of vulnerable or socially disadvantaged pupils. One of our key priorities is that any gaps in the performance of vulnerable pupils and that of other pupils nationally is narrowed, and ultimately, closed. We are aware that vulnerable pupils – whatever their levels of ability – remain vulnerable to underachievement and as a result we aim for them to make accelerated progress in order to offset any low starting points and the potential for underachievement at any key stage.