Dear Parents and Carers

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 by the Government. It is given to schools to support children from low income families who are known to be, or have been in the last six years, eligible for free school meals (FSM), and children who have been Looked After by the Local Authority continuously for more than six months.

The level of premium per pupil for the financial year 2014/2015 is £1300 per pupil and £1900 for Looked After Children.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium in any way they like. However, they must use the additional funding to support pupils from low income families and other target groups. This money is allocated to initiatives which help to ensure pupils reach their full potential both academically and socially.

At Stretton Church of England Academy we do all we can to support our pupils in making the very best progress. We do this by providing high quality classroom teaching supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required.

The School Leadership Team and Governing Body use the progress of individual pupils as our first starting point when allocating additional resource to support pupils’ progress. Our Governors and Senior Leaders monitor the impact of all Pupil Premium spending so that it helps pupils make better progress.

Outcomes for children in receipt of pupil premium funding 2014-2015

Each year the school receives an amount of money to support children who are in receipt of pupil premium funding. We spend this money in a variety ways: see 2014-2015 PP spending and 2015 – 2016 PP funding proposals. The Government gives schools this money to spend in ways that will ensure children make good progress in their learning.

As you will see from the progress grids, the money we spent last year has made a huge difference to the progress of children in receipt of Pupil Premium with all year groups making at least good progress, and in many cases outstanding progress. This means that the children at Stretton make better progress than that which is expected nationally for children. 

Our proposals for this year are detailed in the document. You will notice that there is a small amount of money not spent. This is to allow for any 'unforeseen' expense such as extra couselling, extra time with Educational Psychologist, extra support for children with English as an additional language, etc. If this money is unspent, it will carry over to the following year. 

Yours sincerely,

 Sarah Bates