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Pupil & Sport Premium

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium grant is an allocation of additional funding, to help raise the progress and attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential. The Pupil Premium funding is allocated to schools based on the number of students on roll, known to be currently eligible for free school meals or have been eligible within the last 6 years, as well as pupils who have been looked after by the Local Authority, or have left Local Authority care because of one of the following:

  • Adoption
  • Special guardianship order
  • Child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)


All schools are required to annually report on the amount of funding and how this is being used each academic year. The grant may be spent in the following ways:

  • For the purpose of the school i.e. for the educational benefit of the pupils registered at the school
  • For the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies
  • On community services whose provision furthers the benefit of pupils at the school


We recognise that evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across three areas, with a particular focus on teaching – teaching, targeted academic support and wider approaches.


For information about how this funding is used, please read our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement.

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2023-24

For information regarding school strategy, please read our Pupil Premium Policy.


PE and Sport Premium

The PE and Sport Premium is funding given to schools to spend on improving the quality of PE and sport provision in school. This can be spent in a variety of ways, including raising the profile of PE for whole school improvement, increasing opportunities to partake in sport and the range of activities available, improving the teaching of sport, increasing involvement in competitions, encouraging pupils to take on leadership roles that support sport and physical activity, and raising attainment in swimming. At Tidemill Academy, PE and school sport is seen as a key factor in providing an inclusive and exciting education. We are very proud that Tidemill Academy has been awarded Platinum Level for the School Games Mark after retaining five years at gold level before becoming eligible. Our case study, which highlighted how we support exit routes of children into community sport, was highly regarded. Other areas assessed included pupil participation levels, competition, workforce, clubs. 


For information about how this funding is used, please read our Sport Premium Report.

Our 2022-23 swimming data is as follows:

Swim 25m

Perform a range of strokes

Safe self-rescue