Pupil Premium

How the Academy spends the Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium received

From 1 April 2015 the government has paid £935 for each eligible child. An eligible child for Pupil Premium is one that has been eligible for Free School Meals at some point in the last 6 years – “Ever six”). Looked after Children are also eligible for Pupil Premium as are adopted children.

We also received £19,500 Catch Up funding in 2015 to provide extra coaching for children entering Year 7 who had not reached level 4 in Key Stage 2 in either or both of English and maths. In addition we received a grant to run a summer school for Pupil Premium children about to enter Year 7.

Grant received for the year 1 September 2015– 31 August 2016

Pupil Premium £259,355.82

Catch up £19,500

Summer School £3,250

How we spent the Pupil Premium September 2015 – August 2016

This grant has been spent on a combination of strategies as outlined below:

Below is a detailed list of our Individual Interventions expressed as a proportion of Pupil Premium money:



Percentage of Pupil Premium budget



Mentoring and Support


Educational Trips (cultural capital)


Other support


Examples of Staffing:

  • Maths HLTA
  • Additional English and maths lessons
  • Literacy Co-ordinator
  • Librarian
  • House Support Managers
  • Leader for Metacognition, Differentiation and Pupil Premium
  • Home School Link worker
  • School Counsellor
  • Additional EAL support

Examples of Mentoring and Support:

  • Additional English and maths support
  • Prep club
  • Art room
  • Focused exam support
  • Transport to school/work placement
  • 180 mentoring
  • Education Psychologist
  • Supervision cost
  • One to one teaching

Examples of educational trip to improve cultural capital:

  • China
  • Wilderness Challenge
  • War Horse Production
  • Aim Higher Step Up Conference
  • Blenheim Palace
  • German Exchange
  • Year 7 Camping

How we are spending the Pupil Premium during this year (September 2016 – August 2017)

The Pupil Premium planned costs for 2016-2017 are estimated to be £305,000 and the estimated grant is £306,326. We plan to spend the grant in the same way in the next academic year. In addition to this students who are currently eligible for a free school meal are entitled to a free school meal per day. The cost of this is not included in the above figures.


The table below shows the progress made by pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium in the last three years.





Pupil Premium Attainment 8




Pupil Premium Progress 8 vs Cohort Progress 8







The main barriers to educational achievement that the disadvantaged children in our school face include the following:

  • Low income
  • Unsettled family arrangements
  • Emotional instability
  • Unsuccessful experience of education by parents
  • Safeguarding
  • Children as young carers
  • Siblings that have had a disrupted educational experience

Though not all experience any of there barriers.

We will spend the grant on addressing these issues by:

  • Consistently high quality first teaching
  • Planning that specifically meets the needs of individuals
  • Emotional and behavioural support
  • Aim Higher programme to inspire students to achieve
  • Inspirational talks
  • Improving literacy
  • Home School Link work

We will measure the impact by:

  • Progress of students
  • Attendance
  • Engagement of parents at parents evenings

The initial date for the Pupil Premium review will be July 2017 with a full review September 2017.

If you would like to discuss the support given to your son or daughter or have any other questions please contact the Principal, the Vice Principal Ms Dunphy or the relevant Head of House.

Additional Information
At Oxford Spires Academy we are passionate about nutritious and healthy food which provides pupils with a healthy and balanced diet. Pupils who dine for lunch benefit from eating with peers while relaxing with their friends. In addition, having school lunches helps young people develop the confidence to make appropriate menu choices.

Additionally your child may be eligible for Free School Meals. If you are in receipt of any of the following your child’s account could be credited daily:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190

If you think you could be eligible to receive this funding, all you need to do is collect the following from reception:

  • complete an application form which can be found at Oxford Spires Academy reception
  • complete a verification form. This is a secure form for us to check your eligibility using your National Insurance number, surname and date of birth.

Please return all forms to reception. If you require any further information do not hesitate to contact the Academy.