Allocation of Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is an amount of money allocated by the government to schools for:

  • Children of statutory school age from low income families who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or who have been previously
  • Children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months
  • Children whose parents are currently working in the armed forces

The DFE offer the following guidance on how the Pupil Premium is to be spent: ‘In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. 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…[Schools] will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low income families.’

The purpose of the information on this page is to inform parents, carers and governors how much Pupil Premium will be received by the school for this academic year, how it will be spent and the impact previous spending has had on disadvantaged pupils’ achievement. At Enfield Academy, 17.4% of pupils are eligible for pupil premium funding, which is in line with the most recent national average figure available of 17.3% (Jan 2020).

Context of the school

Enfield Academy of New Waltham

Enfield Academy is a small primary school serving the locality of New Waltham. The school prides itself on knowing its pupils and their families well. At the core of its ethos is the nurturing of the whole child, enabling each and every child to flourish in a friendly and safe countryside environment.

There are six classes across the school, with 155 pupils on roll. At present, 34 pupils are eligible for the pupil premium grant in 2020 - 2021, based on the DFE criteria.

These children are on roll across all year groups but there are ten children in one year group, and between three and five across the rest of the school in other year groups.

The barriers to educational achievement some of our children face and how we overcome them.

When making decisions about using the pupil premium it is important to consider the context of the school and the small number of pupils eligible. Common barriers for pupil premium children at Enfield can be: less support at home; lack of confidence; low self-esteem; lack of motivation; lack of life experiences taken for granted by others; more frequent social and emotional difficulties; and attendance and punctuality issues. There may also be complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing. The challenges are varied and there is no ‘one size fits all’.

Our key objective in using the pupil premium grant is to narrow the gap in achievement between pupil groups. As a school, we have a good record of ensuring that the pupils make good and often outstanding progress, but levels of attainment for pupil premium children are varied – possibly due to the low numbers involved.