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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is money from central Government designed to help disadvantaged young people do well at school.  The funding is allocated to schools for children from Reception to year 11 who:

  • Have been registered for FSM (Free School Meals) in the last six years,
  • Are in care or have been,
  • Have parents in the Armed Forces or have been in the last four years.

In 2017/18 the academy received £247,580.  

In the 2018/19 financial year, the academy will receive £1320 per child through pupil premium, £2,300 for each looked after child and £300 for each service child.   The total pupil premium allocation for 2018/19 for the academy is £253,440.  62% of the students are eligible for pupil premium funding.

The Department for Education state, “It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to  schools per FSM pupil is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.”  


The West Grantham Academy St John’s is a medium sized primary provision with 326 pupils.  The academy has classes that range from Nursery to year 6.  There is a two form entry in each year group to ensure smaller class sizes.  The academy is situated in a deprived area of the small town of Grantham, Lincolnshire.

  • 40.2% of pupils are registered for free school meals
  • 0.6% of pupils in the academy are looked after children
  • 54.5% of pupils in the academy have received free school meals in one or more of the previous six years (Ever 6)
  • 0.6% of pupils in the academy are from service families

How much Pupil Premium funding does our academy receive? 

For 2018-2019 The West Grantham Academy St John’s is expecting to receive £253,440. The current figure is always an indicative figure and is subject to change throughout the academic year.

How is the Pupil Premium spent?

We always think very carefully about the individual children who have an entitlement to this money and how we can best use it to support them to achieve their full potential and remove barriers to their education.  The funding can be spent on a wide variety of incentives, activities, enrichment, pastoral support, training and interventions.

For more information as to how pupil premium is spent at the academy, please see our Pupil Premium Strategy below. 

How You Can Help

How much parents and carers get involved with their child’s learning makes a very big difference on how well they do at school.  So we may spend money on activities that help keep you informed on how best to help.  We will always keep you informed about their targets and progress.  We track each pupil termly to ensure that they are making progress and can quickly judge if support and interventions are working.  This will happen through reports and parents’ evenings. 

If you would like to discuss Pupil Premium further please contact the academy’s office to make an appointment to see Mr Davey.

We urge all parents and carers to take up Free School Meals if you are eligible as the extra funding can have a huge impact on your child’s attainment and progress.  Please call in at the academy office, in confidence, to see if you are eligible.  For the forms and help on how to apply please speak to Mrs Bevan who will be happy to help.