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Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding provided to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged students to close gaps in progress and attainment with their peers.

The Pupil Premium is paid to schools based on the number of students who:

  • Have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’)
  • Have previously been in care (know as ‘Pupil Premium Plus’)
  • Are children of service personnel

Pupil Premium funding is also provided to the Local Authority for those students who are registered with them as being in care.

The most up to date information on the amount of funding per student can be found at the DfE Website:

How many Students are eligible for Pupil Premium at Horizon Community College?

As of the 2021-22 Summer Term:

  • Horizon Community College has 32% of students eligible for the Pupil Premium, which is higher than the national average (21%)
  • By year group this cohort constitutes 31% of Y7, 32% of Y8, 35% of Y9, 29% of Y10 and 32% of Y11
  • 32 students are eligible for Pupil Premium Plus funding having previously been in care
  • 16 students are eligible for the Service premium

How are Pupil Premium students supported at Horizon Community College?

At Horizon, the ‘Additional Student Support’ strategy sets out how teachers, leaders and support staff work together to ensure that all students eligible for Pupil Premium funding can access academic, pastoral, careers and enrichment support in and out of the classroom. This strategy is outlined below:

How does Horizon Community College spend its Pupil Premium Funding?

The funding is not a personal budget for individual students, and schools are not required to spend funding on all eligible students. Instead, Horizon Community College specifies how it plans to spend its allocation in the College Pupil Premium Strategy statement (along with the Recovery Premium, which is further support provided to schools post-pandemic), linked below:

What research does Horizon Community College use to support Pupil Premium planning?

We use a wide range of sources to inform planning, but the main starting points include:

If you wish to find out more about the college Pupil Premium offer, please contact Mr Arezoo via email or call 01226 704230. We look forward to hearing from you.

Where can I find out if my child is eligible for free school meals?

The criteria for your child to qualify for Free School Meals, along with the application form, can be found at the Barnsley Council website

If you require support with completing the application form on the website, we’re more than happy to help. Contact our Admin team via email or call 01226 704230 and a member of the team will be able to advise.

Who leads on the progress of Pupil Premium students at Horizon Community College? Mr Arezoo

I’m Mr Arezoo, Vice Principal at Horizon Community College. I work with leaders, teachers and support staff to ensure that Pupil Premium students are able to realise their potential at Horizon, and ensure they are prepared to make the next step to post-16 routes.