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The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and paid by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for FSM in Reception to Year 11. For looked after children the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Children Looked After data returns. A premium was also introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils. The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it will be used by North Wootton Academy to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.

The Pupil Premium Strategy is reviewed annually – the next review is due September 2024


  • The Pupil Premium will provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise standards of achievement and attainment for these pupils.
  • The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers.
  • As far as its powers allow, the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and other.
  • North Wootton Academy will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.


  • Pupil Premium will be clearly identifiable within the budget.
  • The Principal, in consultation with the Governors and staff, will decide how the Pupil Premium is spent for the benefit of entitled pupils.
  • The school will assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils.
  • North Wootton Academy will be accountable for how it has used the additional funding to support the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium and the Principal will report to the Governing Body and parents on how effective the intervention has been in achieving its aims.
  • North Wootton Academy will publish online information about how we have used the Pupil Premium.
  • North Wootton Academy will ensure that parents, Governors and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the premium.
  • North Wootton Academy will seek to further develop strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of these pupils.
  • North Wootton Academy will track the impact of the strategies put into place through the funding and ensure that we can show the value that has been added to the education of the entitled children.
  • North Wootton Academy will monitor and review the success of the impact of the Pupil Premium funding.


This policy will play an important part in the educational development of the individual pupils who are entitled to the Pupil Premium. We will ensure that these pupils are treated equally and as favourably as others and that the additional funding is used well to address the challenges they face. North Wootton Academy will use the additional funding to promote the achievement and progress of all entitled pupils. Through wise use of this additional funding we are fully committed to ensuring that the individual needs of each entitled child are met. As a result of the additional funding these children will make better progress and achieve higher standards that would have been likely without it.

Who is eligible?

  • Pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past 6 years
  • Pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care
  • Children who are looked after by the local authority
  • Service pupil premium is additional funding for schools, but it is not based on disadvantage.

DFE Guidance for Pupil Premium can be accessed here.

For further information and to apply online for Free School Meals please click here, alternatively please see paper application below.