Disadvantaged Students

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Vision

St Peter’s Academy aims to provide an outstanding inclusive education based on Christian values and equal opportunities designed to equip all students with the skills and qualifications needed for a successful future. An integrated part of this aim is to narrow the gap between the attainment and progress of disadvantaged young people and others. We will use the Disadvantaged Student premium to enhance learning throughout the curriculum to ensure that all students are supported in reaching their full potential.

The Disadvantaged Student and Catch-Up Premium Background

The Disadvantaged Student Premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the number of students who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’) and Service Children including those who were eligible for the Service Child Premium at any point in the last four years (known as ‘Ever 4 Service Child’). Students in care, who have been looked after by local authorities at any time also continue to qualify for the Disadvantaged Student Premium. Catch-Up premium (CUP) was introduced in January 2013 designed to support those students entering the academy below Level 4 in English and/or Maths. The Disadvantaged Student Premium and Catch-Up Premium is additional to main academy funding and  is dedicated to support children eligible in achieving at least as well as their peers and in line with national levels of expected progress by addressing any underlying inequalities.

St Peter’s Academy sensitively encourages parents and carers to register their child as eligible for additional funding. It is important for the academy to receive its maximum student entitlement as at times we may go beyond Government definitions when supporting disadvantaged students.

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium
At St Peter's Academy, we assess the individual needs of the students who attract the Year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding. 

We select programmes and approaches that we know are effective. This year we are using the funding to pay for:

  • intensive small-group tuition
  • intervention/booster provision
  • various reading programmes

These approaches are aimed at helping students catch-up with their peers and make progress in line with age-related expectations.