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Disadvantaged Students (Pupil Premium)

The Pupil Premium was introduced in by the coalition government in April 2011 to provide additional support for students from low income families and looked after children.  The extra funding is made available to schools to help them to narrow the attainment gap that exists between children from disadvantaged and more affluent backgrounds.

Using Pupil Premium Funding To Improve Opportunities for Students.

At Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy, we use Pupil Premium funding to provide a wide range of academic and enrichment opportunities to students to broaden their cultural experiences and raise their academic achievement and aspiration.

In the last year, some of these opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, have included:

  • Subsidising once in a lifetime trips to see the Northern Lights in Iceland.
  •  Supporting students to allow them to develop skills, confidence and team building abilities on an activity camp at PGL.
  • Supporting students to learn to ski on the academy’s Austrain ski trip.
  • A residential trip to Bryntisillio Outward Bounds centre in North Wales to improve attendance and self-esteem for disaffected students.
  • Supporting trips to drama workshops at the RSC in Stratford Upon Avon.
  • Supporting science skills through subsidised trips to the Birmingham Thinktank and University of Birmingham Summer Lectures.
  • Paying for university visits for year 11 More Able students to raise aspirations and improve understanding of opportunities at higher education.
  • Helping students to develop their language skills by subsidising trips to France and Spain.
  • Providing revision guides to year 11 students.
  • Running Saturday School to develop students skills in English and maths.
  • Employing an intervention coordinator to work with students in years 7 and 8 who are falling behind in their maths and English work.
  • Increasing staffing in our Children’s Services team to allow us to provided more personalised support for vulnerable students.
  • Providing resources to support students in learning musical instruments.
  • Supporting families in providing academy uniform.
  • Subsidising one to one devices for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Paying for curriculum resources to enhance the academic experience for students across a range of subjects.
  • Providing one to one support for looked after children in English and maths.
  • Providing USB pens, preloaded with revision resources for year 11 resources.

A breakdown of how we utilise the money and our rationale for it can be found in the attached documents below.



Checking Eligibility and securing financial support

Students that meet the government criteria for pupil premium funding will receive free school meals and the academy receives additional funding to support with their studies.  An application can be made online by a parent, via a secure website and your information will be processed and you will be notified of the outcome.

If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply or wish to make an application, please click on the link below, which will provide you with more information and access to an online application form via Walsall Council Services.


  1. Pupil Premium Policy - September 2016
  2. Impact Statement