Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium

The Pupil Premium Grant is funding provided by the Government that is additional to main school funding and is allocated to schools to help them support disadvantaged students and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.


This funding is provided for students in Year 7 - Year 11 who:

  • are entitled to or are in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM), or have been at any time over the last 6 years (FSM6)
  • are children of Service personnel, or have been in the last 3 years
  • are in care or have ever been in care
  • have been adopted from care or left care under a Residential Order or Special Guardianship Order (Children Act 1989) or a Child Arrangement Order

The funding is not ring-fenced but is provided to enable the academy to implement strategies to improve attainment for disadvantaged students. In some cases, these strategies are extended to include other cohorts of students who may benefit from additional support. 

St Augustine Academy has always invested a dedicated amount of school budget share to improve the life chances of its more disadvantaged students.

Our Principles:
  • Teaching and learning opportunities should meet the needs of all of our pupils

  • Appropriate provision should be 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 will be socially disadvantaged

  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals

  • We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged

  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time

For more information please see:

Department for Education:
More information about Pupil Premium can be found on the Department for Education website.


If your child is under 19 and in full-time education, you may be able to get free school meals for them. The quickest and easiest way to apply for school meals is to apply online:

The link will take you to a page which should give you information on eligibility and how you can apply online.

For parents of year 7 students

You need to inform Kent County Council (KCC) over the summer holiday that your child has moved from primary to secondary school. Call them on 03000 415123 between 8:30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. This is also the number to use to apply for free school meals if you have not applied before.

For Catch-Up premium, see below.


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