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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units.


It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever 6).

The percentage of students eligible for these additional levels of funding alters regularly due to the changing cohort of the population. The funding is allocated to the home school when a student is dual registered which significantly reduces the amount of funding available to The Orchard Centre.

How we decide to spend our allocated Pupil Premium Grant can have very different impacts on pupil attainment, and choosing what to prioritise is not easy. Therefore much consideration has been taken on how we invest the money. We have consulted educational research in order to ensure we make the maximum impact on the learning of students who are eligible.

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