Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

 “It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” 
Source - DfE website

At Harriers Banbury Academy, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure.            

We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding, along with allocations made from the schools own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.           

Pupil Premium Spending: 
Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions, along with quality first teaching have started to have a positive impact on children’s attainment and self-belief. 

Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the schools aims is to ensure that ALL groups of pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school.

How will the school measure the impact of the Pupil Premium?

At Harriers Banbury Academy, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. Review meetings will take place each term to determine impact and ensure progress has been made. These will include members of Senior Management and class teachers.

When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium target groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school. There are some pupils who are not eligible for PP who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.

Designated staff member in charge: Mrs Joanna Agate
Nominated governor: Mrs Annelise Gooch

How was the 2015 – 2016 funding spent?

Funding for 2015 – 16 was £131,567

  • Quality first teaching is at the core of all lessons to ensure all pupils make progress.
  • All children who are in receipt of the pupil premium are discussed in termly pupil progress meetings with senior leaders. Pupils and their needs are identified and relevant small group intervention is provided.
  • Our marking and feedback policy is at the central core of good practice within our teaching and learning.
  • All teachers confidently use data tracking systems for all groups of pupils including the pupil premium group. They are clearly identified on all pupil progress notes and on lesson plans.
  • As part of transition, class teachers met with parents of pupil premium pupils to discuss ideas to support children over the Summer and to look at any support required in 16-17.
  • Harriers joined the OTSA pupil premium project to further develop pupil premium support
  • Some upper key stage two pupils attended more able workshops at Banbury Academy.
  • A large group of pupil premium pupils were given a free museum workshop ‘WOW’ day.
  • All pupil premium pupils were eligible for free breakfast club and reduced prices on clubs, trips and residentials.
  • Attendance improved by 1.2% over 2015/16.
  • Nurture survey completed, and acted upon, which highlighted pupil’s needs and concerns.


  • Improved attendance due to nurture support which directly impacted learning.
  • Nurture support had an impact on behaviour (reduction in red/yellow cards).
  • Improved monitoring and tracking of pupil performance provided more accurate data of diminishing gap.
  • Participation on OTSA project resulted in increased expertise within leadership team and greater awareness across the school.


Whilst not yet reflected in the data, we firmly believe all of the above has had a direct positive impact on our disadvantaged pupil’s learning. Data will continue to be closely monitored through 2016-17 and we predict a diminishing gap will be seen.

Financial year 2016 to 2017:

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6

Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.

Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head in the local authority that looks after the child. 

2016 – 17 plans – For 2016-17 plans please see strategy for more details

Funding for 2016 – 17 is £134,000

The target for 2016-17 is to continue to close the attainment gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium pupils. This year we will focus on rapid and sustained progress of children that are eligible for the Pupil Premium funding.

We will;

  • Provide consistently good quality first teaching.
  • Continue to work on the OTSA project ensuring pupil premium progress.
  • Ensure all pupil premium parents have meetings for transition and attend parent’s evenings.
  • Target children in receipt of the Pupil Premium for opportunities inside and outside school.
  • Give priority access to focused 1-1 support and small group intervention.
  • Identify children’s progress through data tracking, marking, planning and pupil progress meetings
  • Provide extracurricular and enrichment activities.
  • Provide free breakfast club and donations toward trips and residentials.
  • Develop a whole school ‘experience passport’ which develops enrichment activities for pupils.
  • Develop learning logs which ensure pupils reflect on their learning.
  • Provide uniform, additional snacks/breakfast and additional resources where required.

Eligibility for Free School Meals:   

A parent may wish to check their child's eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from Key Stage 2). See office for support.

Eligibility Criteria
Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following: 

  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.              

If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child, please speak to the Principal.

If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't want your child to eat school meals, please call into the office to collect a claim form or download one here.  Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school. 

The date of the next Pupil Premium strategy review is 31 October 2017.