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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 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 of 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."


Based on 2015-2016’s Raise Online data, the Academy is 7.6% above national average for its disadvantaged achievement for 5 A*-C GCSEs inc English and Maths .  For those who have not heard of ‘Raise Online’, it is data that  compares any school’s achievement against all other schools in the country. Therefore, this clearly shows the significant steps the Academy has taken to ‘Closing the Gap.’


For further information regarding our Disadvantaged Action Plan, please click our Action Plan 2016-2017


  • 425 students at the Academy are entitled to Disadvantaged funding (as of September 2016)
  • 217 of the Disadvantaged students are still eligible for Free School Meals
  • 7 of the Disadvantaged students are Looked After Children
  • Highest % of Disadvantaged students in Bournemouth Borough (based on % of Disadvantaged students in Year 11 in 2016)
  • Academy receives approximately £336,225 for Disadvantaged funding (based on last January’s census) but will increase to approximately £404,150 next year.

Data Headlines:

  • Over the last three years, the Academy’s average attainment gap (measured by how many students achieved 5 A*-C grades, including English and mathematics) between Disadvantaged students and non-Disadvantaged students has been 9.34% narrower than the Disadvantaged gap nationally.
  • In 2016, Disadvantaged students at The Bourne Academy achieved made better progress in English (a progress 8 score of 0.28) than their non-Disadvantaged peers nationally (0.08).
  • In 2016, Disadvantaged students at The Bourne Academy did not significantly underperform in mathematics (a Progress 8 score of 0.00) compared to Non-Disadvantaged students nationally (0.1).
  • 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 Pupil Premium 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 6-week pastoral programme and discounted trip to Barcelona 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  such things as revision guides, mathematics equipment, art materials, media software and whatever else students require to prepare them for exams
  • Tutoring in Maths and Science for PP students (including a successful ‘STEM for girls’ programme) – all provided by Bournemouth University
  • A reading programme, facilitated by 6th form students, for Year 7 and 8 PP students
  • 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:

Ethan Roberts PP Coordinator
Jackie Beer Education Social Worker
Nichola Deacon Maths Intervention Coordinator