What is the Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is an initiative introduced by the government where schools are given extra funding to address underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and looked after children (CLA) and their peers. This ensures that the funding is used for the students who most need it.  Like other schools, we are in receipt of this funding and detailed below are some of the ways eligible pupils will be able to benefit from this funding.

Although not always the case, statistics tell us that nationally, students who are eligible for free school meals don’t perform as well in their exams as students who are not eligible. At The Sky Academy we are committed to ensuring that all young people reach their potential; this funding supports us in being able to provide our young people with tailor made support packages.

The Pupil Premium funding is spent in a variety of ways with the aim of reducing barriers to learning and narrowing the attainment gap between PP students and non PP students.  It is difficult to identify reliable comparison data due to various factors such as the low numbers of students on role and the high percentage of PP Students.  We use attendance and exclusion data along with contextual information for each individual to monitor progress.  Regular pastoral meetings, progress meetings and the Annual review reports show that interventions made possible with pupil premium funding are having a positive effect on pupil achievement and readiness to learn.  For a breakdown of how the funding is spent please click the link to the Pupil Premium Plan below.

For further information please see the:

Pupil Premium Catch Up Funding Report

Pupil Premium Plan 2020/21

Pupil Premium Report 2019/20


Frequently Asked questions

Or if you would like to make an appointment to speak to someone at the school in more detail please contact Louise Reah, Head of Specialism.