Pupil Premium - What is it?

The pupil premium is additional funding for schools to raise the attainment of all disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

In the 2019 to 2020 financial year, we will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years (Ever 6 FSM):

£935  for pupils in year 7 to year 11 increasing to £955 (with effect from April 2020)

We will also receive £2,300 for each pupil who has left local-authority care  increasing to £2345 (with effect from April 2020) because of one of the following:

  • Adoption

  • a special guardianship order

  • a child arrangements order

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £2,300/ £2345 rate.

Pupil Premium - The Parklands Principles

We personalise the support offered to our students, rather than apply a universal, standardised approach. Every child is an individual and, as such, we take time to ensure that the support offered through the pupil premium is relevant to individual needs and impacts on progress and achievement- raising attainment for all.

Research published in November 2015 by NFER, on behalf of the DfE, continues to be a valued and recognised resource. It identified  seven building blocks that are common in schools which are more successful in raising disadvantaged pupils’ attainment. They are as follows:

Whole-school ethos of attainment for all

  1. Addressing behaviour and attendance

  2. High quality teaching first

  3. Meeting individual learning needs

  4. Deploying staff effectively

  5. Data driven and responding to evidence

  6. Clear, responsive leadership

At Parklands we are guided by these findings to ensure that we take a whole school approach with high expectations and aspirations for all.

Pupil Premium Allocation 2019-2020

Eligibility for the pupil premium is mainly related to Free School Meals entitlement, so the number of students can vary in the course of the year. However, school funding is based on January 2019 school census data, so the figures provided are taken from that point.

Whole School

Pupil Premium

% of school

Free School Meals

% of school







Based on these figures pupil premium funding will be approximately £266,490.00

The 2019-2020 spending forecast  can be accessed here

Pupil Premium 2018-2019

School funding was based on January 2018 school census data The figures below are taken from that point.

Whole School

Pupil Premium

% of school

Free School Meals

% of school







Based on these figures pupil premium funding was approximately £ £220,660.00


Pupil Premium Impact 2019- Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and diminishing the differences between them and their peers. 

When reporting on the progress of Pupil Premium students it is expected that their progress is measured against the progress of students nationally and not the difference within school.

Link to Pupil premium strategy / self- evaluation 

Further improvements were made in the overall progress of our disadvantaged students compared to the previous year, with the overall P8 score improving from -0.31 to -0.25. We are delighted to report that the student group who attended the revision ‘boarding school’ achieved an overall positive progress score of 0.23. Furthermore, the highest individual progress score in the whole year group was achieved by a disadvantaged student, who achieved a remarkable P8 score of 2.93. Out of the top ten highest progress scores in the year group, there were three disadvantaged students. Positive trends were evident in the measured elements of progress in English, Maths and Ebacc,  improving compared to last year. The Open element was marginally lower than the previous year. See the table below.


Performance- Disadvantaged only

No. students

Overall P8

English element

Maths element

Ebacc element

Open element























The more rigorous, reformed GCSEs , graded 1 - 9, in all subjects were a challenge to all pupils nationally, which makes the improvement in progress of disadvantaged pupils particularly strong and commendable. 

Each year we have a different cohort of students who vary in starting points and ability which, to an extent, makes it difficult to make year on year comparisons. The DfE do not release validated data until January 2019. Once this is published it will rank the outcomes of schools nationally and it is only at this stage that we can be clear how our outcomes compare to previous years and all schools nationally.

Through concentrated focus and developments at curriculum and whole school level, it is predicted that the upward trend will continue.

Information on how the funding was spent in 2018-2019 can be accessed here

Information on how the funding was spent in 2017-2018 can be accessed here

Information on how the funding was spent in 2016-2017 can be accessed here