Premium Allocations

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is additional funding provided by the Department of Education to individual schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils from low-income families who were eligible for free school meals, looked after children and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces. Funding is provide to “diminish the (attainment) difference” between children entitled to pupil premium and those classed as “other” (non-pupil premium).

Schools are free to make decisions on how to best spend their pupil premium funding but are accountable as spending must have a positive impact on overcoming educational barriers to learning.

Currently, 62% of our school population is entitled to pupil premium funding. There are children in every year group at Victoria Lane Academy, who are eligible for Free School Meals. These pupils generate Pupil Premium (a monetary amount paid into the school budget) and these pupils in our school are closely tracked and monitored throughout their school life to ensure they progress equally as well as their peers in school.

You can view or download our Pupil Premium allocation by clicking the link below and find out how this will used at our school. Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 23-24

Previous Allocations


Sports Premium

The Government is spending over £450 million on improving physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. In 2013, the Chancellor announced an additional year’s £150m extended funding, taking the total investment to the end of the 2016 academic year. On 6th February 2014 the Government committed to continue the funding for the Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2020.

The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary Head Teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.

This means they should use the premium to:

  • Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that the school already offers.
  • Make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.

Each school will receive £16,000 plus an extra £5 per child in year 1-6 each year. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools. The money will be used so that all children benefit regardless of their sporting ability.

Purpose of the Funding

All schools have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but there is freedom to choose how we do it. At Victoria Lane Academy, we recognise the invaluable contribution of PE to the health and well- being of our children. In addition, we believe that an innovative and varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children.

Sport and PE at Victoria Lane Academy

In order to create sustainable, enjoyable and competitive sport within our school we offer a wide variety of sports, competitions and after school clubs which are accessible by all. We have a long term plan from EYFS to Year 6 with planning and assessment resources to inform future teaching and planning. The coverage and opportunities offered to all learners are carefully planned to fit in with all intra-school and inter-school competitions. We have a traditional sports day every year and enter teams into: football, cross country, hockey, rugby and athletic competitions to name but a few. After school clubs include: Table Tennis with Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club, Gymnastics, Dodgeball and Active Families in conjunction with Family Action.

You can view or download our Sports Premium allocation by clicking the link below and find out how this has been used at our school.

Previous Sports Premium Expenditure

You can view or download our Sports Premium allocation by clicking the link below and find out how this is being used at our school.

Swimming Data

In addition to the impact of our Sport Premium spending, we regularly participate in weekly swimming and water safety sessions, which is a statutory requirement of the National Curriculum PE programme of study. We aim to ensure that as many of our KS2 children as possible reach the required expectation to be able to:

“Swim confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.”
“Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.”
“Use a range of strokes effectively.”

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 and our year 6 children missing a lot of swimming lessons over the last three years, our swimming data this year is not as high as it has been in previous years, but we have plans to improve this over coming years.

View Our swimming data for 2022/2023

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