Pupil Premium is more than just free school meals. The Pupil Premium entitles your child to free school meals (worth over £400 a year) and in addition provides the Academy with crucial funding (up to an additional £1,320 per eligible student). It is essential that, if your child is eligible* for the Pupil Premium, you apply for free school meals (even if they are an infant who already receives free school meals or if you have no intention of taking up free school meals). This ensures that both your child and other students in the Academy are able to benefit from the additional funding the Pupil Premium generates.
*Eligible families are usually in receipt of working tax credits or other benefits, or have a household income below £16,190.
Bede Academy became one of the most improved schools in the country in terms of attainment and value added progress of disadvantaged students since 2012. This resulted in winning the local Key Stage 4 category of DfE Pupil Premium Awards in 2017.
In 2016 Bede Academy was the top performing school in Northumberland for disadvantaged students both in terms of Progress8 and Attainment 8. The Academy ranked 2nd in terms of the proportion of students successfully achieving the EBacc. In 2018 Bede Academy was in the top 20% of all schools for disadvantaged Progress8
Destinations for disadvantaged students continue to demonstrate the impact of high quality CEIAG and aspirations. In 2018, 60% of disadvantaged students in Key Stage 5 progressed to University, and in Key Stage 4 100% of disadvantaged students went on to further study. There were no students leaving the Academy NEET at any Key Stage.
Pupil Premium Action Plan
Our Pupil Premium Action Plan does not exist in isolation from the Bede Academy Development Plan. At Bede Academy our mission is to provide all with the opportunity to work hard to achieve their personal best, to encourage personal, moral and spiritual development within a Christian framework; and to create a disciplined, sensitive environment where everyone is equally valued.
Equity lies at the heart of our curriculum intent and eradicating disadvantaged is a core priority. This action plan expands on our academy priorities to exemplify specific actions pertaining to pupil premium spending. Actions in bold are included exactly as in the Bede Academy Development Plan.
The overall aims of the Pupil Premium Action Plan are summarised in the diagram below and are aligned with our mission to be a great academy where our students achieve excellence in character, excellence in curriculum outcomes and excellence within our community.