In 2012-13 the criteria for eligibility was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years and a premium was also introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. The amount per pupil also increased to a total of £900 and the school was allocated £114,300 for 2012-2013. For the academic year 2013- 14 the amount per eligible pupil increased to £935. St Francis of Assisi was allocated a total of £128,000. A premium has also been introduced for looked-after children and eligible pupils who have been adopted from care or leaving care under a special guardianship or residence order. The premium for such students is £1,900 and is administered to Walsall LEA and the Virtual Headteacher.
St Francis of Assisi Catholic College is committed to “narrowing the gap” in terms of progress and attainment between disadvantaged students and the rest of the school population. Our Ofsted report in May 2013 states that “The school makes good use of the pupil premium to provide extra support to help eligible students. They attain in line with similar students across the country in English, and significantly better than similar students in mathematics. Current school records show that pupil premium students are making good progress, in line with other groups, and in-school gaps are narrowing”.