Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

 What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is Government money designed to help pupils who are registered to receive (or have been registered in the last 6 years) Free School Meals or fit into a category of ‘disadvantage’ as identified by the government that currently includes those who have entered the school with low prior attainment (Year 7 catch up funding), adopted and looked after children.

How does the school use this funding?

The school must assess how it best sees fit to support individual pupils. In 2015-16 the school will focus the use of these resources upon supporting academic attainment through tutoring, training and supporting additional study opportunities..

 Am I eligible? How can I apply for free school meals for my child?

You may be eligible to claim Free School Meals for your child/ward if you receive any of the following:

  • income support or income-based Job Seekers Allowance;
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of less than £16,190
  • Pension Guarantee Credit;
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. 

You are not eligible if you receive any amount of Working Tax Credit.

If you would like further information about claiming free school meals please contact Mrs Went, Office Manager on 01268 743884.

Alternatively you can find details about applying for free school meals on the Essex County Council website at:


What has the money been spent on?

Some pupils have benefitted from extra tuition in English and Mathematics, but we have also tried to help stretch them further by building their confidence or helping them to aim high, by doing things such as providing them with a mentor, supporting with resources, or taking part in activities to develop social or language skills. 


For the school year 2014-15 the FitzWimarc School received £134,640, with the amount received under year 7 catch up being £15,000.

These funds were distributed as:

Curriculum Support £27, 370
Student Support £28,765
Educational visits and transport £13,247
Intervention Tutoring (small group tutoring) and Support (including Year 7 catch up) £114, 732

An evaluation of funding for 2014-15

For the GCSE examination cohort, pupil premium students are estimated to have achieved an overall value added score of 993.19, this is just below national average for all students but well above the 2014 national average for all pupil premium students (977.8 in 2014). 46.7% made expected progress in English and 43.3% in mathematics. This compares to national levels for pupil premium students in 2014 of 58% in English and 48% in mathematics.

For the new Year 11 (2015-16) we are currently estimating that value added for pupil premium students will be 1008.75, with 61% making expected progress in English and 68% making expected progress in mathematics (based upon September 2015 assessments).

 In each of the current Years 8-10, the percentage of pupil premium students currently on track to achieve expected progress for English, mathematics and science are detailed below. All data is based upon end of year assessment in July 2015.

Year group

(as at July 2015)






























The school is presenting its anticipated spending for the academic year 2015-16. An evaluation of impact will appear here in Autumn term 2015, although current monitoring data shows that pupil premium students are, on average, performing significantly above pupil premium students nationally and in line with national averages for all students.

For the school year 2014-15 the FitzWimarc School will receive £148,665, with the amount received under year 7 catch up funding to be confirmed.

It is intended to distribute these funds as:

Curriculum Support £5,000
Student Support £10,000
Educational visits and transport £5,000
Intervention Tutoring (small group tutoring) and Support (including Year 7 catch up) £128,665


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