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Pupil Premium

(also known as 'Disadvantaged Funding')

Pupil Premium (PP) funding is provided to schools to address the current underlying inequalities and to close the attainment and progress gaps between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers. Pupils are eligible for this funding if they have been registered for FSM at any point in the last 6 years or they are looked after (in care).

From March 2014, the rate of pupil premium funding was £935 per eligible student. Funding is based on the number of eligible students at the time of the January 2015 census, rather than the number on roll during the academic year.

The Academy will seek to provide an inclusive education for all students that does not marginalise or disadvantage students from more challenging backgrounds. This approach is also in recognition of the relatively high proportion of students in the Academy who may at some point in their education have been eligible for FSM.

In November 2014, Ofsted stated:

"The group of students who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium achieve well. In 2014 they achieved comparable grades to the average for similar students nationally and in line with the rest of the school.  This level of achievement is maintained by the school's relentless approach to targeted support for pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium."  (Ofsted)

For further information regarding our Action Plan, please click Disadvantaged Action Plan 2017-18


  • 335 students at the Academy are entitled to Disadvantaged funding (as of September 2017)
  • 180 of the Disadvantaged students are still eligible for Free School Meals
  • 10 of the Disadvantaged students are Looked After Children
  • Academy receives approximately £332,225 for Disadvantaged funding (based on last January’s census) but is likely to increase next year.

Data Headlines:

  • At The Bourne Academy, PP students out-performed PP students nationally in the A* to C/4+ in English and Maths measurement (TBA 44%; national 43.10%)
  • Furthermore, the “internal gap” (which is the gap between PP and non-PP students at The Bourne Academy only) for 2016-17 was significantly narrower than the national gap in 2016 for the Progress 8 measurement (TBA -0.20 gap; national -0.48 gap)
  • Moreover, the “internal gap” for 2016-17 was significantly narrower than the national gap in 2016 for the A* to C/4+ in English and Maths measurement (TBA -12% gap; national -27.4% gap)
  • In January 2014, the Academy was considered to be ‘outstanding’ in a number of areas relating to PP provision in a report by an independent consultant.

In 2013 the Entitlement Coordinator invited Capita Education Resourcing (an independent PP consultant) to evaluate the Academy's use of PP funding, learning and development programme. In January 2014, Jonathan Newport (Director Learning & Development, Capita) returned to the Academy to assess our progress. His focus was on the use of Pupil Premium spend and interventions. Click HERE to view his report.


A wide range of interventions are provided for our PP students and are listed, in detail, within our Disadvantaged Action Plan (link above). However, as a snapshot of some of the interventions we offer, please see the list below:

  • A 50% discount on all trips of educational benefit for PP students
  • A whole-year pastoral programme and discounted trip to Malaga for selected PP Year 11 students, focussed around preparing students for life after secondary education
  • A Pupil Premium Success Evening, offering a point of contact to parents for advice regarding the run-up to exams for Year 11 students and how they can best support their children
  • A bespoke Pupil Premium resource pack for each Year 11 student, containing resources students require to prepare them effectively for exams
  • Exam reader pens provided for all students who struggle with literacy during exams
  • Maths interactive revision flashcards for all Year 11 PP students
  • Ad-hoc financial support to be provided on a case-by-case basis in situations where the Disadvantaged student’s learning will be affected (e.g. funding for catering materials, software to support reading, taxis to revision sessions etc.)
  • One-on-one/small group tuition provided to targeted Disadvantaged students in English, Maths and Science (both during lesson time and in after-school sessions)
  • ‘Sound Training’ literacy programme used to support students who have been identified by teachers and the Literacy Coordinator as needing additional literacy intervention
  • Small-group interventions with Literacy Coordinator to support KS4 students struggling with literacy

For further information please contact the following staff at the Academy on 01202 528554 or by email:

Richard Grinyer

Director of Maths and Entitlement

Ethan Roberts

Entitlement Coordinator

Jackie Beer

Education Social Worker