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Anker Valley Primary Academy

Anker Valley Primary Academy

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium at Anker Valley Primary Academy 

At Anker Valley, we strive for excellence for all of our children, ensuring that we have high aspirations and ambitions and that the ethos that no child should be left behind is central to everything that we do.  

We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from, but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure, and we are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. 


Background to Pupil Premium Funding 

The pupil premium is a government initiative that was introduced in April 2011, to target extra money at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds in order to ‘close the gap’, raise attainment and improve progress.  

Research shows that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-disadvantaged peers. The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported, in order to reach their potential.  

The Government has classified pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years, looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools, per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period.  

At Anker Valley, we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to 'close the gap' regarding attainment. 

If you think that you are entitled to apply for the Pupil Premium Grant, please contact the school office.   


Our Approach 

Money allocated as Pupil Premium funding, will be ring-fenced and used to benefit all eligible pupils. We have established clear lines of responsibility with the Head of School and a link governor taking responsibility for Pupil Premium.  

At Anker Valley, we currently have a low percentage of eligible pupil premium children, however as the school grows we expect this to increase. We will plan our spending carefully to ensure that it has been spent to maximum effect. This will mean making informed decisions about our spending such as: 

  • Ensuring that spending is directly linked to gaps in attainment; 

  • Making use of our own data to adapt and expand interventions; 

  • Making sure there is at least good teaching in a day to day basis; 

  • Making use of research when evaluating interventions and considering the implementation of new interventions. 

Impact of Pupil Premium funding will be measured through: 

  • Pupil progress and tracking data opportunities 

  • Key Stage data (Early Years, KS1 and KS2) alongside Local and National comparisons 

  • Parent and pupil voice (enjoyment, attitudes to learning nurture, behaviour etc) 

  • Attendance 

  • Music Board Association exams and orchestra for disadvantaged students 

All staff will be made aware of areas for development in the school in terms of subjects, year groups and they will know which children are focus children.  

Money will be used to benefit all pupil premium children and support higher as well as lower ability children by extending the provision on offer.  


Pupil Premium Funding will support disadvantage pupils through the implementation of approaches that have been researched and proven to have impact, which may include: 

  1. Ensuring high quality teaching and learning

  2. Targetted interventions

  3. Family Support (Including attendance) 

  1. Emotional Well Being Support 

  1. Specialist Art and Music Lessons 

  1. Subsidised trips 

  1. Outdoor Education (Including Forest School) 

  1. Extra-Curricular activities 


Mrs Julia Jones is the chair of our Local Governing Body and is also the governor who leads on the Pupil Premium Grant at Anker Valley Primary Academy.