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 can I access this funding for my child?
The school must assess how it best sees fit to support individual pupils and this may mean that some funding can be used to support academic trips and educational resources.
If you would like financial support for a school trip, please contact Mr Hill our Extra Opportunities Co-ordinator (covering Mrs Hitchen's maternity leave).
School trip reply slips should not be returned with the assumption that support with funding is readily available. You must contact Mr Hill first to see if financial help can be obtained. Not all trips can be funded and funding towards trips is assessed on a case-by-case basis, so please do not assume that because your child is (or has been) registered to receive free school meals that it will automatically be funded in full, or part.
If your child/ward needs any equipment or resources for school, such as revision guides, folders or even basic equipment such as writing equipment, please contact Mr Hill.
We welcome the ideas of parents and carers of children registered to receive the funding to let us know what they think will most help.
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 Mr Hill, Extra Opportunities Co-Ordinators 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, going on trips or visits, or taking part in activities to develop social or language skills.
For the school year 2014-15 the FitzWimarc School received £139,640, with the amount to be received under year 7 catch up being £15,000.
The school is presenting its anticipated spending for the academic year 2014-15. 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.
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
For the school year 2013-14 the FitzWimarc School received £72,901
We have used our Pupil Premium allocation to support the curriculum in a number of ways.
IT office equipment
IT learning resources
educational equipment and materials
office furniture and materials
We have used our Pupil Premium for supporting groups and individuals as follows;
other hired services
pupil support courses
provision of pupil meals
toilet and medical sundries
exam fees expenditure
FSM top up
Students were supported through the funding and part funding of educational visits as follows;
Educational visit costs
Total expenditure £69,801.32
Pupil Premium 2013-14 - Evaluation of impact
Initial analysis of the 2013-14 GCSE examination results shows that, in terms of value-added (which remain estimates until the publication of official figures around January 2015), pupil premium students have performed in line with national expectations in all of the EBACC subject areas. Initial analysis suggests that the value added level has risen in each of maths, English and science for pupil premium students over 2012-13 levels.
Year 7 catch-up funding 2013-14 - Evaluation of Impact
Yr7 pupils made on average, one whole level of progress in English and two sub-levels in English and Mathematics.