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Barnes Wallis Academy

At Barnes Wallis Academy we aim to provide each and every one of our students with the guidance and support they need to excel.

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a grant provided by the Government to all secondary schools in England.

Introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in secondary schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other children.

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.



  • Pupil Eligibility and Funding Rates 2022 to 2023

    Pupils who are eligible for free school meals or have been eligible in the past 6 years. The amount of funding awarded to the school for each secondary aged pupil per year is £985. Pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care is £2410.
  • Use of the Pupil Premium

    School leaders are best placed to assess their pupils' needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice. It is up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium: 

    • Teaching - investing in high quality teaching, using pupil premium funding to improve teaching quality is the most effective way to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. By doing so, schools will inevitably benefit non-eligible pupils too.
    • Targeted Academic Support - additional support for some pupils focused on their specific needs
    • Wider Approaches - support for non-academic issues that impact success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional challenges

 Service Pupil Premium 

Service Pupil Premium is additional funding for schools, but is not based on disadvantage. Schools get £320 in 2022 to 2023 for every pupil with a parent who:

  • is serving in HM Forces
  • has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence

This funding is to help with pastoral support.

Our aim at Barnes Wallis Academy

We are committed to addressing the needs and supporting the progress of all of our children from disadvantaged backgrounds as a priority. View our strategy to find out more details (see below).


Summer School

During the Summer break, transitioning students were invited to attend a Summer school programme that was funded by the Government and DRET. The trip was open to all year 6 pupils due to be starting BWA in September 2021, in an attempt to aid their transition into secondary school.

The trip’s main aims were to boost confidence, reduce anxiety and develop team building and study skills ready for the next stage in their education. Due to Covid restrictions, the trip split to accommodate all pupils who wanted to attend and ran as two independent trips on successive weeks.

Staying at a Youth Hostel in Malham, Yorkshire, pupils were immersed into life in the countryside. Pupils enjoyed walks around the local area, climbs and cave scouting, along with a chance to make new friends and learn some of the school routines that BWA follow.


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