Pupil Premium

The pupil premium funding is the additional funding granted to 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.

  • Click here to view our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for the 2022-23 academic year (published December 2022).

Highfields Academy receives pupil premium funding under the following categories of eligibility:

  • pupils registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years
  • pupils identified in the January 2016 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as the result of adoption, a guardianship or child arrangements order; or otherwise in local authority care recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local-authority care)


Pupil premium funding must be used for purposes which supporting closing of the attainment gap between eligible and non-eligible pupils. Examples of the uses of the pupil premium in Spencer Academies Trust schools include:

  • Additional one-to-one and small-group support for eligible children
  • Funding extra teaching assistants to work with classes
  • Supporting delivery of catch-up and booster sessions before and after school
  • Running a breakfast club to improve attendance
  • Funding additional help such as speech and language therapy or family community support


The free school meal eligibility form can be accessed . Completing the eligibility criteria allows an application to be made on behalf of parents who believe that their child may have the right to pupil premium funding.