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Pupil Premium Policy and Strategy

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and allocated to provide additional support for looked after children and those from low income families. The extra funding is made available to schools to help them narrow the attainment gap that exists between pupils from disadvantaged and more affluent backgrounds.

In 2011-12, schools were allocated Pupil Premium funding for children from low income families who were eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) or children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months. From April 2012, eligibility for the Pupil Premium was also extended to include children who had been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 Free School Meals measure.) A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the Armed Forces.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they are accountable for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low income families and the other target groups. New measures have been included in the performance tables that show the achievement of pupils who attract Pupil Premium. From September 2012, schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium and its impact. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.   

The school is able to demonstrate clear evidence of impact as a result of the allocation of funding to provide additional support for children from low-income families who were eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) or looked after children.

Please refer to our pupil premium strategy report below for details of spending.

The above policy has been approved by the Headteacher and Governing Body of Mapledown School as a fair and equitable means of distribution and meets the guidelines laid down by the Education Funding Agency.


School name:

Mapledown School

Academic year:


Total pupil premium budget:


Total number of students on roll:


Number of pupils eligible for pupil premium:


Date of review:

December 2020

Date of next scheduled review

April 2021

Pupil Premium Lead

Sandra Chaaya

Governor Lead

Sue O’Halloran


At Mapledown we have high aspirations for our students and we believe that no child should be left behind. We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential and meet meaningful goals which will support them in life. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers who live in families with higher incomes. We are required to use this funding to tackle disadvantage and by ensuring pupils who need it most have access to opportunities which will diminish the difference.

As a school we consistently track all groups of pupils to ensure that they make good or better progress. Through targeted intervention we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. We closely monitor how we are spending the allocated funds to ensure they are having an impact on pupil premium pupils achievement

Disadvantaged pupil premium overview for last academic year

The school received £20,570 for the year 2019-20.

All targets for 2019-20 were fully met – see below

Please Download the Strategy aims for disadvantaged pupils, Monitoring and implementation, and the Review: 2019-20 Aims and outcomes below.