Pupil Premium


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Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils, this is called Pupil Premium.

Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:

  • Generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
  • Often do not perform as well as their peers

The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.

Each year the Academy receives a sum of money for all eligible students who are registered for Free School Meals, in Local Authority Care or is the child of Service Personnel.

The funding allows students to benefit from a free school meal each day and allows the Academy to support students in other ways including:

  • Additional classroom support
  • Resources
  • Educational visits/trips
  • Specialised instruction for example music, sports
  • Financial contribution towards the purchase of uniform

Please see the benefits below which will qualify you to register for Free School Meals:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400.
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

If you are receiving any of the above benefits and your child is not in receipt of free school meals, please contact the appropriate Local Authority for details on how to register and apply online.

Early Help

How does Droylsden Academy spend the Pupil Premium

We aim to use our Pupil Premium funding to bring lasting academic and personal benefit to those students who are on ‘Free School Meals’, who are ‘Looked After in Care’ or the children of Service Personnel. 

Support for school uniform for Pupil Premium students is available and information is sent out at the end of Year 6 to eligible students.  Support is also available on request for all Pupil Premium Students.