Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to children from low income families who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals and Children Looked After by the Local Authority.  Eligibility for the Pupil Premium for 2012/13 was extended to students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years.

Pupil Premium funding at Highfields is focused on supporting children from low income families and other target groups to be fully engaged with school, raise their achievement and ensure they make at least similar progress to their peers.

In 2019/20 Highfields has 358 students eligible for Pupil Premium for whom we receive approximately £337,200. In addition, we estimate that we will be allocated approximately £18,000 Year 7 Catch up funding. Combined, this funding is allocated to the following initiatives:

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium allocated to schools per Free School Meal pupil is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
— Department for Education

Raising Achievement

  • Additional teaching staff in core subjects

  • One-to-one tuition

  • Saturday and Holiday School targeted teaching

  • Additional Teaching Assistant support in lessons

  • Individual and small group Literacy teaching

  • Individual and small group Numeracy teaching

  • Targeted interventions

  • Additional teaching time in core subjects

Raising Aspirations

  • Raising Aspirations Programme

  • Mentoring Programmes

  • Supported School Uniform

  • Flexible Charging Scheme

  • Extended Schools Programme

  • Sport Programme

  • Performance Programme

  • Support for Self Study

  • Enrichment Opportunities



The Pupil Premium funding for 2018/19 has had the following impact on eligible students: 

  • Two-thirds (67%) of Pupil Premium students achieved at least standard passes in both English and Mathematics. 45% achieved a strong pass in both subjects. 

  • Pupil Premium students at Highfields made progress slightly above that of all students nationally and significantly above Pupil Premium students nationally. 

  • 87% of Pupil Premium students achieved Grades 9-4 in English significantly above that of all students nationally. 75% achieved at least a strong pass, again significantly above all students nationally. One-third of students achieved at least a Grade 7 in English. 

  • In English, Pupil Premium students on average made two-thirds of a grade more than all students nationally. 

  • 67% of Pupil Premium students achieved a standard pass in Math, 47% achieved at least a strong pass. This is close to the attainment of all students nationally

  • The Pupil Premium Spending Review and Spending Allocation reports are reviewed and updated every September

Click here for the Pupil Premium Spending Review

Click here for the Pupil Premium Spending Allocation