Pupil Premium


‘Differences are diminishing across a range of subjects and groups, notably for middle-ability disadvantaged pupils. In some other subjects and especially for higher- and lower-ability disadvantaged pupils, the differences have fully diminished.’
— Ofsted 2017

Key members of staff for Pupil Premium: Mrs Molyneux – Assistant Headteacher and Mrs Coombes – Pupil Premium and Parental Engagement Support Worker.


What is pupil premium?

The pupil premium grant (PPG) is funding provided by the government to support all students to reach their full potential, regardless of their background or financial situation.

Who is eligible for the PPG?

Students are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant if they:

· Are registered for free school means (FSM) or have been previously registered for FSM at any point since May 2011 (Ever 6).

· Have parents in the armed forces and are therefore classed as service children.

· Are a looked after child (CLA).

· Have been previously looked after and either adopted, under a special guardianship (SGO) or under a child arrangements order (CAO – formerly known as a residency order).


The PPG Rates for 2018-19 are:


*please note, for CLA pupils, the PPG is held centrally by the local authority virtual school head.


Which students qualify for FSM?

There has been new guidance published in March 2018 to reflect the introduction of Universal Credit. You should still apply for FSM if your child would rather have packed lunches, in order for them to access the PPG.

Free school meals are available to students in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:

· Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)

· Income Support

· Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

· Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

· Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

· The guarantee element of Pension Credit

· Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

· Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit


In addition, the following students will be protected against losing their free school meals as follows:

· From 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their earnings rise above the new threshold during that time.

· In addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period.

· Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary).

The Universal Credit rollout is currently expected to complete in March 2022.


How do I apply for Free School Meals?

Applications for Free School Meals can be made online by following the link below:




How is PPG funding used at Albany?

The PPG is not used to pay for school meals. The money we receive per student (please see PPG Rates table) is used by school to support and improve attainment.


Some examples of PPG spending:

·         Financial contribution to educational visits and trips.

·         Financial contribution towards instrument lessons.

·         Purchase of text books, revision guides, set texts and other curriculum resources.

·         Stationery supplies.

·         Purchase of school uniform and PE kit.

·         Access to online English and maths programs.

·         Daily allowance to spend in the Breakfast Club.

·         Where appropriate, enhanced curriculum intervention.

·         Where appropriate, access to academic mentoring / coaching in key stage 4.

Please note, this list is not exhaustive.


To view our latest Pupil Premium and catch up premium report

Please click on the link below.

Pupil Premium Report 2017-18

Accelerated Reader

To view our latest Year 7 Catch up Premium Report please click on the link below

Year 7 Catch up Premium Report 2017


The school is extremely successful at closing gaps in performance for this group of students and promotes equality of opportunitywell
— Ofsted 2014