What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
The funds allocated to a school are based on the number of pupils in the school who are, or have been in the last six years, eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), and is valuable funding to support those in most need. Schools receive a payment for each child who is registered for Free School Meals (FSM).
How can I apply for Pupil Premium for my child?
At Essendon we would urge all parents/carers who may be eligible (including those receiving Universal Free School Meals) to take up their entitlement.
Please visit www.hertsdirect.org/freeschoolmeals for further details.
If you require assistance with a free school meals application please call the Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4048 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm Saturday), or speak to the school office and we will be happy to help you.
How is Pupil Premium funding deployed at Essendon?
At Essendon, we believe that no pupil should be deprived of reaching his or her potential both academically and emotionally. You can read in detail about how pupil premium is used at Essendon in our Pupil Premium Strategy.
Here's just a few of the things the funding made possible during the academic year 2015-2016:
provide whole school enrichment opportunities for children to participate in Enrichment Week 11th to 15th July
subsidise the School Journey to the Isle of Wight for Harefield Class 27th June to 1st July, ensuring that it was possible for all pupils to attend
subsidise coach costs for swimming and other trips
subsidise swimming lessons for some pupils across the school
provide a theatre visit by MAM Theatre Group to see Oliver Twist
provide School Counselling services for vulnerable pupils
provide extracurricular activities including breakfast club and sports or craft clubs both before and after school and during unstructured times of the school day
run intervention groups for vulnerable pupils at all levels, including stretching higher attaining pupils and supporting pupils whose progress was not in line with peers.