The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It was allocated to children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months. Eligibility for the Pupil Premium for 2012–13 was extended to students who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever6 FSM measure). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and a smaller amount for the children of service personnel. More recently, students who have been adopted from care or left care under a special guardianship order, on or after 30 December 2005, became eligible for Pupil Premium Plus funding. In recognition of the fact that the needs of adopted children require long term support, this funding will be extended to all adopted children from April 2015. 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 students from low-income families and the other target groups.
Waldegrave School is committed to ensuring the progress, achievement and well-being of all our pupils. We recognise the need for measures to be taken to close the gap, in achievement and experience, which is evident nationally between students from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more privileged peers. The Pupil Premium Grant allows us to provide additional resources and opportunities, with the intention of eradicating this gap, thus ensuring that all of our students are supported to fulfil their potential.