Pupil Premium

Beacon Academy Pupil Premium Information

In keeping with the Academy’s aim, Beacon is committed to ensuring that every student achieves the very best of which he or she is capable. We believe that one of the biggest barriers for children can be poverty of expectation and so we are determined to create a climate that does not limit a child’s potential in any way.

What is the Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is an allocation of money that is given to schools to specifically assist children who fall into at least one of the following groups:

  • They are currently eligible for free school meals (FSM)

  • They have been eligible within the last 6 years for FSM (Ever 6)

  • They have been identified as Pupil Premium Plus (formerly a looked after child - LAC)

The amount that each school currently receives for pupils within these groups is £935 per student. The money is specifically designed to support activities that will raise the achievement level and the emotional and social well-being of the students in these groups who have previously been identified as being disadvantaged through economic hardship.

The Government allows Beacon (as with other educational establishments who receive this grant) to decide how best to utilise the funding to support the progress of the students who are entitled to the funding and the intervention and support we provide is outlined below.

The funding is not ring-fenced and can be carried forward into the following academic year. The Pupil Premium Report below outlines the details of the funding, how this allocation will be spent, how the previous year’s allocation was spent and the effect of the expenditure on the educational achievement for our students.

Note: Pupil Premium Plus for children who are “Looked After” is £1,900 per child. These funds are held centrally in East Sussex by the Virtual School and are used to support looked after students across the county with the greatest need. We also receive a pupil premium for any children of men or women serving in the armed forces (£300). Currently there are no students at Beacon who are entitled to this armed forces grant.


New guidance, which sets out the updated criteria used to determine which pupils are entitled to free school meals published by the Department for Education came into effect on on 1 April 2018. This reflects the introduction of Universal Credit and the phasing out of other income-based benefits. The guidance also includes information on how pupils currently claiming free school meals, or who will claim during Universal Credit rollout, are affected. Please refer to page 19 of the document at the above link for more information.

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2020-2021

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2019-2020

Free school meals for children – East Sussex County Council criteria

Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:

In addition, the following pupils will be protected against losing their free school meals as follows (please see page 10 on the document linked above for further details):

  • From 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their earnings rise above the new threshold during that time.
  • In addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period.
  • Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary).

The Universal Credit rollout is currently expected to complete in March 2022.

If you feel you meet any of the criteria above, please follow the link below and complete an online application for Free School Meals. Otherwise please contact Mrs Prowse on Ext: 205 or email: j.prowse@beacon-academy.org for an application form.

East Sussex County Council Free School Meals link: https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/school-life/meals/free/

Kent County Council Free School Meals Link: http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals#tab-2