North Star Academy

Reshaping the future

Pupil Premium/PE Grant

Our Aim

The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our aim of helping everyone achieve to their full potential.

As a Federation, we do this by:

  • Firstly: assuring the best possible delivery of learning experiences in the classroom
  • Secondly: we have a range of group and individual interventions designed to support those with identified needs.Thirdly: we try to offer a rich and varied menu of activities designed to engage and motivate pupils, raising their aspirations and creating a positive view of learning.


  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals (FSM) will be socially disadvantaged For the purpose of this policy FSM children will include past as well as current recipients.
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. Any group will be made up of FSM children and non FSM children, where their needs are similar, or where meeting their needs helps to for all.
  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at any one me.


The pupil premium is a new 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 is expected to increase every year for the course of this current Parliament. At Bristol Gateway we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to ‘narrow the gap’ regarding attainment.