All schools are allocated a proportion of their funding from central government - called the pupil premium. The main pupil premium funding allocation is based on the number of pupils qualifying for Free School Meals (FSM), or who have qualified for FSM at any point in the last 6 years. In addition, we receive funding for Looked after Children and children adopted after 2005. Schools also receive a smaller amount of pupil premium funding for children of armed services families.
Research shows that there is a persistent gap nationally for both attainment and achievement between eligible pupils and all other pupils. It is up to schools decide how best to use this funding to raise the performance of pupils eligible for the pupil premium and to close the achievement and attainment gap between them and their peers.
At GWA, we are keenly aware of our responsibility for the welfare and academic progress of our eligible students. We are ambitious for all of our learners and work tirelessly to deliver high quality lessons, targeted support and challenge so that there is gap in attainment and achievement between those students eligible for pupil premium funding and their peers. All students can be successful at GWA, regardless of their ability or their social or cultural background.
We have allocated the pupil premium to support a variety of strategies in class and in a wider context to promote social inclusion and accelerate learning and progress for eligible pupils. This will include, for example, supporting trips, visits and enrichment sessions, providing access to instrument lessons, providing access to learning mentors and other support services designed to help disadvantaged learners.