Pupil Premium

This section of the website aims to outline the ways in which The Hastings Academy intends to ensure that pupils defined as having faced disadvantage will be supported in raising their attainment and closing the gap between them and their peers.

The Hastings Academy receives funding from the government to address underlying inequalities experienced by students who have been eligible for Free School Meals in the last six years, or have been adopted from care; this is known as the Pupil Premium.

Close to 50% of the students on roll at The Hastings Academy are eligible for pupil premium funding. This places the Academy in the 80th percentile nationally.
As part of our strategy the Academy strives to close the gap between disadvantaged students and their peers, year on year, until no gap remains.

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement

The Strategy Statement below outlines how we are planning to spend this years funding as part of our 3 year programme and how we have spent last years’ funding. The document follows the most recent Government guidance.


Hardship Fund

The Hastings Academy has established a fund to assist students who are in receipt of Free School Meals or Pupil Premium. The fund has been set up to supplement the purchase of essential school uniform and equipment as well as enabling students to participate in curriculum-based activities and trips.

Assistance will normally be limited to a percentage of the total cost of the activity/item. Please note that we do not accept applications for financial support after the item you wish to claim for has been purchased.

Making a request for financial support

A Hardship Fund application form is available to download below and from the school reception. In order for us to process your request please send your completed application form and supporting evidence to Mr Sadler l.sadler@thehastingsacademy.org.uk If you wish to discuss your case before applying please contact Mr Sadler.

All matters will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and all applications on their individual merits.