At St Michael’s Church of England High School, all members of staff and governors accept responsibility for disadvantaged children and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment.

The school receives additional funding in the form of pupil premium for children entitled to free school meals in the last 6 years (FSM6), children in care and children of parents in the armed forces (Service Premium). From September 2014, pupils recently adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order have also been eligible for additional funding.

The DfE does not dictate how schools should spend this money, but it is clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will best support their children to increase their progress and ‘diminish the difference’ between the performance of disadvantaged children and that of their peers. Since September 2012, we have been required to publish online information about how we have used the pupil premium. This ensures that parents/carers and others are made fully aware of the attainment of students covered by the pupil premium and the extra support that they receive.

There is £467,110 funding available for pupil premium during the financial year 2021/22. In addition, we will receive £59,110 for recovery funding for this academic year. The Pupil Premium rate for eligible pupils can be found here.

In 2020 to 2021 financial year, schools received the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,345 for pupils in reception to year 6
  • £   955 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

Schools will receive £2,345 for any pupil:

    • adoption
    • a special guardianship order
    • a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
    • who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)

The strategy for the use of pupil premium is reviewed in September of each year to ensure that we are meeting needs appropriately.