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Pupil Premium & Catch-Up Funding

What is the Pupil Premium (PP)?

The Pupil Premium is a sum of money received by the college, from Central Government funds, to provide additional resources for any pupil who is:

  • Currently eligible for Free School Meals [FSM]
  • Has been eligible for FSM in the past 6 years
  • Designated a Child in Care [Looked After Children (LAC)]
  • Designated a Previously Looked After Child (PLAC)– through adoption from Care, Special Guardianship or a Child Arrangement Order
  • A child whose parents are currently serving in the Armed Forces.

In addition, the college has the discretion to allocate PP funds to pupils who we believe are socially disadvantaged or vulnerable but who may not qualify for PP funding.

What is Catch Up?

The Government has made a commitment to provide additional funding to schools for each pupil who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics.  The purpose of this funding is to enable schools to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those pupils that most need it.

Funding received by the College will be allocated to enable us to provide identified pupils with additional support in literacy and/or mathematics. This support will be delivered by qualified specialist teachers and progress will be monitored each term. 

The vision for PP & Catch Up provision at Swanmore

At the heart of this provision lies the premise that every pupil, regardless of their socio-economic background or ability, should and will have access to the appropriate support to ensure they leave Swanmore College having reached or exceeded their potential; potential here means readiness for life beyond Swanmore, be it in further education, an apprenticeship, employment or readiness to be a happy and fulfilled member of society.

To this end, we are committed to ensure that this combined funding meets the academic, pastoral and social needs of all pupils who may require additional support to achieve their potential and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.

Service Premium

We have a small proportion of students at college who are from Military backgrounds, and we receive the Service Premium for their benefit. As most of the Naval families around here have settled and bought houses in the area, we have found that they generally do not require the catch-up assistance required by those military families that move area, schools and curriculums a great deal.  The funding is, however, useful for supplying revision guides and pastoral and ELSA provision in the event of parents being deployed for some time.

More information on PP

Pupil Premium is a really good opportunity for eligible parents to secure financial support for their children.

Any parent wishing to check their child’s eligibility for new or continued free school meals on the HC3S online system, please click on the link below:

You will need to enter your name, address, national insurance number or asylum support service number.  In addition, you will need to provide your child’s name, date of birth and identify the school they are attending.

If you have any questions, or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it could be used to benefit your child, please contact:

Mrs Tamsin Benton, Lead administrator and Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) for Pupil Premium

Mrs Amanda Griffiths, Deputy Headteacher