Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a grant provided by the Government to all secondary schools in England. The amount of the grant for each school is calculated according to the number of students who are eligible for Free School Meals, those who are ‘Looked After Children’ and those who are from Service Families.

Why is the grant so important?

Statistics show that students who fall into the above categories may not always make good progress in line with national expectations. The Government is keen to narrow the gap in attainment and at Barnes Wallis we are working hard to ensure that every student receives appropriate support to enable them to achieve their potential.


How is the Pupil Premium spent?

For the 2016-17 academic year, the Pupil Premium will focus on three strands of activity: 

Strand 1 - Achievement: £58,917 

  • Funding for the strategic leadership of data tracking and intervention
  • Maths, English and Science interventions and additional support provided in class groups and small targeted groups 
  • With a small cohort in year 10 and 11, the number of options has been maintained and class sizes reduced
  • Accelerated Reader programme and Read Write Gold to increase literacy skills through the school
  • Mentoring programme for identified individual students. This will help students focus on improving achievement by monitoring progress check data and mediating with student and teacher[s] over behavioural or educational concerns
  • Data tracking to facilitate identification and targeting of additional support for individual student groups 
  • Provision of accelerated reader/maths, My Maths, Alfie, GCSE Pod educational software resources for students who need additional help and support with lessons 
  • Provision of laptops for students to ensure they are able to access IT at home and at school during non-lesson time
  • Establish breakfast club and homework club in resource centre
  • After school revision session for year 11 students supported by teachers with food provided
  • Stationery for all students so they are properly prepared for lessons

Strand 2 - Improving Attendance, Behaviour and Engagement: £29,083

  • Funding the strategic leadership of behaviour and attendance
  • Funding to pastoral support team including EWO to increase school attendance
  • Funding to pastoral support team including in-school counsellor to work closely with students who require emotional and behaviour support
  • Funding for 'Casy Counsellors' to provide additional support 
  • Rewards system including Vivo, rewards trips and rewards assemblies
  • Uniform provision assistance 
  • Young carers group

Strand 3 - Enrichment: £6,000 

  • Subsidising curricular activities, residential visits and associated equipment and transport costs
  • Provision of music lessons for students to develop their skills and encourage self-motivation

A full breakdown of how Pupil Premium funding will be spent in 2016 -17 is available to download from the left hand side of the page.


2015-16 How Pupil Premium was spent


In 2015 – 2016 the academy received £107,525.00 in additional funding for each student eligible for free school meals. A full breakdown of the expenditure and costings are available to download on the left-hand side of this page.


How the Year 7 Catch Up Premium is being spent


Financial year

Amount of pupil Premium Funding






Year Group

Access to Year 7 Catch up


8 students which is 12% of cohort

The aim is to narrow the gap between those children who entered the academy with Key Stage 2 assessments below a level 4. Therefore the rate of progress of year 7 pupils must be higher than national figures for pupils at the same starting points.

At BWA this was a cohort of 8 students. The catch up funding supported smaller class sizes with TA support and the Accelerated reader programme. It also supported the pastoral support in place. The vast majority caught up by the end of year 7. (Further information about the catch up funding is included in the attached document.) 


The next Pupil Premium strategy review will take place as part of the meeting of the Academy Improvement Board in June 2017.