What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the government.  It is designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better and to close the gap between them and their peers. Disadvantaged students are defined as those currently in receipt of free school meals (FSM), or those who have been entitled to this in the past six years. The school also receives an enhanced premium for Looked After Children (those that have been in care or adopted). The Service Pupil Premium is also a smaller fund available to assist the school to provide pastoral care to the children of armed forces personnel.

Nationally, statistics show that pupils who are in receipt of FSM achieve less well. The aim of this money, therefore, is to try to close that attainment gap. You can find out more here.

At Howard Community Academy meeting the needs of each child is important, and we strive to create the best opportunities and experiences for every single pupil at our school.

How much Pupil Premium funding does the school receive?

The Premium is awarded to the school and calculated per eligible student on the following basis:

  • £310 per Service Personnel child
  • £1,345 for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years
  • £2,345 per Looked After Child (Pupil Premium Plus)

Approximately 39% of our pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium funding. We are required to publish how much Pupil Premium money we receive and how we have chosen to spend that money. Please read our Pupil Premium Strategy in the downloads section below for more information.


If you believe that your child is eligible for additional support, please contact Mrs Weir, who will help you to explore additional funding to support your child’s education.

If you are not sure if your child is eligible for additional support, then please speak to our office team in the strictest of confidence: they will be able to offer further advice and assistance.

Mrs Weir is our Pupil Premium Lead.

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