Pupil Premium

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most.

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools annually.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium will be spent as they are considered best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

Every student who is in receipt of free school meals (FSM), or who has been at some time during the previous six years, or who has been looked after by the local authority for at least six months, is eligible.

Children who received Free School Meals at primary school will continue to receive them at Oaklands School as long as their parent(s) / carer(s) still qualify for one of the relevant benefits. We encourage parent(s) / carer(s) to claim for Free School Meals even if their child does not want one every day.

High expectations

Oaklands School has high expectations for its students and the Catch-up funding enabled us to target students with the following interventions in literacy and numeracy to allow improved access to the secondary curriculum:

  • Improvement in speech and language skills
  • Improvement in reading age scores, especially for students whose reading age is two years or more below their actual age
  • Improvement in vocabulary skills
  • Improvement in writing skills
  • Raising self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Support for students to close the gap in their progress compared to their peers
  • Support students at risk of exclusion
  • Positive partnership work with parents and carers
  • Using additional staff to raise attainment in literacy and numeracy in Year 7. 

Oaklands School Catch Up Spend 2022/2023



Recruitment of Academic Mentor in English. Small group interventions in Maths & Science by subject specialists and Connex 1-2-1 tutoring as part of National Tutoring Programme framework.


Oaklands School Pupil Premium 2022/2023

Oaklands School received £419,245 in 2022/2023. The funds were used to support students . The following is not an exhaustive list:



Intervention lessons from subject specialists


Trip support to attend subject specific residential trips particularly in MFL,  France and Spain.


Parental Engagement – sessions for parents to equip them with practical strategies so that they are able to support their children with IL and revision at home.


Year 10 Pastoral residential trip in March 2023


Pastoral Support Assistants to monitor coursework, behaviour and attendance.


Additional Study Support sessions after school every week in the Learning Hub and special study rooms for Yrs 10 and 11


Coursework and examination catch-up and revision sessions after school, on Saturdays and during holidays. Students taught by HoDs specialists.


2 x English and Maths Residential study and revision conferences- external providers


Additional English and maths Classes for students on intervention list- curriculum enhancement.


Equipment support for students - Laptop


Uniform and equipment – direct payment hardship fund


Year 7 – Lion King, Epping Forest, African Adventure Activities


Year 8 - Team Building Activities - Nuclear Races, City of London Activities, Mini Olympics


Year 9 - National Trust Visits, Theatre Visits, Art activities


Year 10 - Team building Activities, Escape Room, Greenwich


Year 10 - Kenilworth Castle History Trip


Year 10 - Geography





  • Disadvantaged Progress 8 score of 0.4`1
  • Top 10% ranking over the last five years
  • No variation within subjects or groups.
  • Congratulatory letter from Secretary of State for Education in 2016
  • Invited by DFE to work as lead support school in Eastern Region (specifically in regard to disadvantaged students).


Pupil Premium Funding Intent 2023/2024

For full details of this: Pupil Premium Report 2023/2024