Pupil Premium funding was introduced in 2011 and is additional funding allocated to schools by the government, to help reduce the inequalities and gaps in attainment between those students who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years and their peers. This funding has since been extended to children looked after (in the care of the local authority for a day or more, or who have been adopted from care). The government refers to these students, together with those who have received Free School Meals in the last six years, as ‘disadvantaged students’.
For the academic year 2021/22, 11.8% of our cohort are eligible for the Pupil Premium. We expect to receive funds in the region of £104,000. We have also received an additional £16,820 Recovery Premium funding allocation for this academic year.
This does not include students identified as Pupil Premium students in the Sixth Form, as no funding is received at this stage of their education. However, as a school, we endeavour to monitor the individual needs of these students and add interventions when required.
It’s up to schools to decide how to spend the Pupil Premium. This is because schools are best placed to assess their students’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment.
Our strategic plan for the use of the Pupil Premium funding is available here.
The Pupil Premium Lead at Hitchin Girls’ School is:
Mrs L. Cole