Pupil Premium Grant

Thurston Community CollegeThurston Community College receives a grant from government to provide identified students with the additional support which may be necessary to ensure that they achieve their full potential.

The grant has two main aims:

  • Raising the attainment of disadvantaged students and diminishing the differences with their peers
  • Supporting students and families within the regular armed forces through challenging times by providing appropriate transition and pastoral support

The grant is paid in respect of students who have qualified for free school meals in the last six years, students who have been or are currently in care or have been adopted.  It  is also paid in respect of students whose parent has served in one of the regular armed forces within the last six years or in some circumstances is in receipt of a military pension.

Thurston Community College uses the funding to support students in various ways. We employ specialist staff to remove barriers to learning, both academic and emotional. We support curriculum based educational visits (this does NOT include Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education Week). Where appropriate we may also provide equipment and resources to enable a student to access the curriculum.

Further details of the strategies used to support students can be found in the following document:

Archived Documents

If you require additional information about how the college can support your child please contact your child’s Assistant Principal Year Leader. If you have any further inquiries about Pupil Premium Grant expenditure please contact Mrs Dawn Ford, Assistant Principal.


The Pupil Premium Grant per student for 2020-21 is as follows:

  Disadvantaged Students Pupil Premium per student

Pupils in Year Groups 7-11 recorded as Ever 6 Free School Meals (FSM)


Children Looked After (CLA)

Children adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship, a Child Arrangements Order or Residence Order £2345

  Services Children


Students in Year Groups 7-11 recorded as Ever 6 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence


Ever 6 Free School Meals: The pupil premium for 2020-21 will include students recorded in the January 2021 census who are known to have been eligible for free school meals in any of the previous 6 years as well as those first known to be eligible at January 2021.

Children Adopted From Care or Who Have Left Care: The pupil premium for 2020-21 will include students recorded in the January 2021 census who were looked after by an English or Welsh Local Authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). These are collectively referred to as a post CLA.

Ever 6 Services Child: The grant will be paid in respect of a student recorded in the January 2021 census who was eligible for the service child premium at any time since the January 2015 census as well as those recorded for the first time on the January 2021 census.

Disadvantages Student funding Extended to Adopted Children

On 1 October 2013, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, Edward Timpson MP, announced an addition to Disadvantaged Student funding. For the first time, children adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 will attract the additional funding. This funding will become available from April 2014.  If your child is adopted please can you read the documents below:

Additional Information on funding for Adopted Children

Free School Meals