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Ashmead School

Ashmead provides its children with two everlasting things, one is roots, the other wings.

Pupil Premium


We have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure, and we are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential.



The pupil premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential. The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period. This fixed amount of money has increased every year so far. At Ashmead we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to 'close the gap' regarding attainment.



We have planned our spending carefully to ensure that it is spent to maximum effect. This includes;

  • Ensuring that spending is directly linked to gaps in progress and attainment;
  • Making use of our own half termly data to create appropriate interventions;
  • Making sure there is at least good teaching on a day to day basis;
  • Making use of research when evaluating interventions and considering the implementation of new interventions.


Money is used to benefit all pupil premium children and supports higher as well as lower ability children.

The documents below show you how we have chosen to spend the pupil premium funding, each financial year, and the impact this has made.

If you have any questions or queries regarding Pupil Premium please ask to speak with Cheryl Thompson, Assistant Head Teacher.

We recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged or underachieving. We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We therefore reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged.