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Pupil Premium

Leighton Academy Pupil Premium




We aim for our Pupil Premium and other pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and academic ability and achievement to ensure they reach their potential in all aspects of their life.

Through the holistic approach we use, this will enable each to access the programmes and support from staff and other agencies to empower them to progress. The investment in training for all staff will support the continuity of experience, support their well-being and through targeted interventions they will achieve and be the best they can be.

The range of intervention and support programmes will allow all of our pupils to access specific programmes of support which will be focused on their specific areas for development.

The focus on transferable knowledge and skills will support the pupils as they progress through school and prepare them for future education, training and life. We recognise the importance of well being and equipping our pupils with the strategies, perseverance and resilience to manage life challenges and experiences. Through the multi-faceted approach we endeavour to give all our pupils positive and successful experiences. 

Our strategy will combine the use of trusted, successful intervention programmes, staff training to ensure there is high quality teaching and support and access to a knowledge and vocabulary rich environment to stimulate their learning and interactions.

As part of our provision for Pupil Premium (PP) eligible pupils we implement a range of experiences, interventions and assessments to support their learning these include:

  • Speech and language specialist 1to1 and group sessions and assessments.
  • Talking partners/boost and narrative therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Specialist TA 1to1 and small group interventions
  • Meemo working memory intervention
  • Young writers project
  • Continuation with existing provisions including specialist teachers and therapists.
  • Music lessons.
  • Commando Joe’s – to offer team building, resilience, confidence and enjoyment that the children can apply across their lives.
  • Reading recovery and O3 reading programmes
  • Kiva
  • Play therapy
  • Animal assisted therapy
  • Staff training to deliver intervention programmes
  • Development of the green room and staffing to support pupils emotionally.

Please see pupil premium infomation below for impact of funding.



The Pupil Premium is Government funding allocated to children from low income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and for children who have been looked after for more than 6 months. Any pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years also qualify for the Pupil Premium.

The money can be used by the school to help to provide more support to the children, to help develop children’s academic progress, their self-esteem or their social and emotional skills.


For each child registered, the school will from April 2023 will receive:

£1,455 for pupils in reception through to Year 6

£1,035 for pupils in years 7 through to 11

£2,530 for pupils who are in care or who have left local authority care through adoption/special guardianship order/child arrangements order/residence order

£335 for pupils where either parent is a serving member of the armed forces or has been in service during the child’s education 

Your child or children can get a Free School Meal if you, your partner or the child is receiving one of the benefits below

Income Support

Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA(IB)) - Not JSA (Contribution based)

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA(IR) 

Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190.

The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

Universal Credit

If you have recently become unemployed or have reduced your working hours and have been granted the four week working tax credits run on, then you may be entitled to free school meals. Please call our Schools Team on 0300 123 5012 for advice.

It should be noted that children who receive “education suitable for children who have not attained compulsory school age” will still need to satisfy the additional requirement of “receiving education both before and after the lunch period”, before being eligible to receive free school meals.

In order to apply for Free School Meals please do so online at or by calling

0300 123 5012.

*Please note Cheshire East no longer offer a paper version of the form.