Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The aim of the PPG is to support schools in raising the achievement of their most disadvantaged pupils.

More specifically, it is hoped that these pupils will benefit from increased social mobility and have improved chances of accessing higher education.

Schools are free to spend the PPG as they see fit.

National research shows that children who have been eligible for Free School Meals, at any point in their school career, have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.

It is also worth noting that many pupils claiming Free School Meals, and those who are looked after, at Grange Academy already fall into other groups, i.e. SEND, that are vulnerable to underachievement.

At Grange we consider additional strategies when planning effective intervention to maximise the impact of this funding for PPG pupils.

The PPG is paid to us by Local Authorities and via the EFA (Education Funding Agency). The funding is calculated using the January School Census and Children Looked After data returns.

Who is Eligible for Pupil Premium?

For pupils to qualify for Free School Meals (FSM) pupils must be:

  • Children of families in receipt of Income Support/Job Seekers Allowance/Income Related Employment and Support Allowance/Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax credit) and whose household income does not exceed £16,190 pa.
  • Children Looked After (CLA); a child who is in local authority care continuously for 6 months.
  • Children with parents in the armed forces (service children).
 
The process for applying is straightforward and confidential.  You can check online using a free school meals (FSM) / Pupil Premium service for Bedford and Central Bedfordshire residents:  

After completing the application, you will be informed of the outcome and we will be notified. FSM grant will be given from the date of the application.  

Your child will then get a free school meal every day from the school’s menu.

Alternatively, you can speak to a member of our school office staff by calling (01234) 407100 and we will be able to assist you with this process.  

All enquiries will be treated in confidence. Pupils in KS1 are automatically entitled to a free school lunch, however this does not mean they are automatically entitled to the Pupil Premium Grant.

Pupil Premium Strategy

Covid-19 Catch Up Funding

The government is providing funding to cover a one-off universal catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

It aims to support pupils to catch up for lost learning so schools can meet the curriculum expectations for the next academic year.

Year 7 Catch-Up

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each Year 7 pupil who did not achieve expected outcomes in reading and/or maths at the end of KS2. This is the case for all our pupils.

Due to Covid-19 Year 7 Catch-Up has been replaced with alternative Catch Up funding. See above.

Grange Academy is a Unicef Gold Rights Respecting School and Gold Artsmark School. Ofsted rated ‘Good with outstanding leadership’ (July 2017).
Telephone: 01234 407100 – Fax: 01234 407110 – Office Email: grange@biltt.org