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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 September 2023:

  • Horizon Community College has 30% of students eligible for the Pupil Premium, which is higher than the national average (21%)
  • By year group this cohort constitutes 26% of Y7, 29% of Y8, 33% of Y9, 31% of Y10 and 32% of Y11
  • 8 students are eligible for the Service premium

How are Pupil Premium students supported at Horizon Community College?

At Horizon, the Pupil Premium First 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 Fletcher via email or call 01226 704230. We look forward to hearing from you.


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.

What has been the impact of our Pupil Premium strategy?

Horizon’s Pupil Premium Attainment 8 score for 2023 was 4.1. This means that, on average, our Pupil Premium students achieved at least a Grade 4 in each of their qualifications. In comparison, the 2022 national average Pupil Premium Attainment 8 score was 3.8.

Horizon’s Pupil Premium Progress 8 score for 2023 was -0.02. In  comparison, the 2022 national average Pupil Premium Progress 8 score was -0.55, while the 2023 national average Progress 8 score for all students was -0.03. This score will have placed our Pupil Premium students in the top 25% of the country for progress in 2023. 

The attendance of our Pupil Premium students across the Autumn and Spring Terms of the 2022-23 academic year was 89.7%. This was above the national average Pupil Premium attendance figure of 89.1% but slightly below the national average for all students of 92.3%.

Finally, in terms of students leaving Horizon in the summer of 2023, 100% of our Pupil Premium students have taken up a place in education, employment, and training.

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

Mr Fletcher leads on the progress of our Pupil Premium students. He is a member of the Quality of Education Team and has a responsibility for Raising Achievement within college. He works with teachers and support staff to ensure our Pupil Premium students are able to realise their potential and are prepared for post-16 life. 

College Calendar

  • Thursday 27th June – Y11 Prom at Tankersley Manor Hotel
  • Wednesday 3rd July – Dance Show
  • Thursday 4th July – Dance Show
  • Friday 5th July – Dance Show
  • Friday 5th or Monday 8th July – Y6 Transition Days
  • Wednesday 17th July – Celebration of Achievement Evening