Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium? 

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium Grant, 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 by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. 

The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in April 2011 since 2012, is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. This funding has since been extended to also include support for students who are Children Looked After (CLA) and also students adopted from care. These students, together with those who have received free school meals in the last six years, are collectively referred to as ‘disadvantaged students’. 

The criteria for receiving Pupil Premium  (PP) is as follows: 

  • Claiming free school meals (FSM) 
  • Have claimed FSM in the last six years (Ever 6 FSM) 
  • Looked after children (LAC) as defined in The Children Act 1969 as one who in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, and English Local Authority 
  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a Local Authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order. 
  • Service children 

Our vision at Ridgeway Academy 

Our motto is ‘Everybody can achieve’.  At Ridgeway Academy we are determined to remove the gap between those who are economically advantaged and those who are not.  We are committed to ensuring that our Pupil Premium students, as well as all other students have the qualifications and attributes necessary to lead fulfilling and successful lives, irrelevant of their background or prior attainment. 

Ridgeway Academy strategy for accelerating the progress of Pupil Premium students 


  • We ensure that learning and teaching opportunities meet the needs of all students. 
  • We ensure that the needs of all of learners are carefully assessed on a regular interval, in particular the needs of Pupil Premium students. 
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is in place for those students who belong to vulnerable groups. 
  • We use the Pupil Premium funding to support students or group of students who the academy has identified as socially disadvantaged. 
  • The type of provision provided is tailored to the need of the priority student or group of students. 

To view our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2018/2019 please click here

To view our Pupil Premium Review of Expenditure 2018/19 please click here

To view our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2019/20 please click here

Year 7 Catch Up Premium 

This year’s allocation of £17,691 was awarded in February 2019 to be spent purely on students arriving in Year 7 who have scored significantly below the national average in their Key Stage 2 English and Maths SATS. The purpose of this allocation is to enable these students to “catch-up” with their peers’ learning. 

At Ridgeway Academy we work closely with the Heads of Department and Subject teachers in English and Maths to ensure that these students’ learning is accelerated. 

In order to maximise the progress of these students we employ a Primary trained KS2 specialist in Literacy and Numeracy.  Working closely together, she, the Heads of Maths and English and the Assistant Headteacher for Progress identify those students with highest need who qualify for Pupil Premium ‘Catch-up’.  These students are then taught in small groups by our dedicated KS2 practitioner at the same time as their peers are being taught Maths and English.  They also receive additional teaching in Maths and/or English in order to ensure maximum progress is made.   Assessed on a half termly basis, this data is analysed closely and as soon as the ‘Catch-up’ is achieved these students are invited to join their peers. 

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