At The Island Free School we believe that every one of our pupils is capable of achieving excellent academic outcomes. Central to our philosophy is the removal of any and all barriers to learning. As a small secondary school we have the ability to ensure that all pupils are well known by all staff and can therefore ensure that the individual needs of all pupils are fully met.
We welcome the pupil premium as a further resource to ensure that there is no disparity of opportunity within our community. We want every child to flourish and are committed to meeting this aspiration regardless of the challenge.
Research suggests that young people growing up in more deprived communities experience less access to language and literacy-rich activities at home and in the community. They are also more likely to have emotional, social and behavioural difficulties. Some are more likely to experience physical hardship and neglect.
In our first year of operation we will utilise pupil premium funding in the following ways to remove barriers to learning:
A proportion of funds will be used to ensure that all eligible pupils are able to get to the Free School regardless of where they live. If a child is not eligible for Free transport under the Island Transport policy then the school will support parents in meeting any transport costs.
A proportion of the funds will be used to support parents in purchasing the school uniform.
For eligible pupils, the music tuition and instrument hire fees will be paid for using pupil premium funds throughout the student’s time at the school.
Extra curriculum and enrichment
A proportion of pupil premium funds will be allocated to ensure that eligible pupils are able to fully participate in the activities of their choice. This may include the purchase of specialist equipment, travel costs and activity specific clothing.
At the end of each academic year, we will publish a detailed report showing how the funds were allocated. Where appropriate we will also provide statistical evidence on the academic impact of funding.