Department for Education data from 2014 shows that nationally only 36% of pupils eligible for the pupil premium achieved five or more A*-C grades including English and maths in GCSE exams, compared with 64% of all other pupils.
The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals (FSM), those looked after by the local authority and children of armed service personnel. The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.
As a school, we decide how best to spend the Pupil Premium funding to support our Pupil Premium children's progress and further enrich their learning experiences at school.