What is the Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium funding is additional funding allocated to schools to support disadvantaged pupils. We receive pupil premium for: children that are cared for or adopted from care; and for every pupil who has received free school meals over the last 6 years.
How can I find out if my child is entitled to Pupil Premium?
The easiest way to check if you are entitled to free school meals is by calling the school office. The staff will go through the process with you in complete confidence.
Children qualify for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Children in Reception and KS1 are automatically entitled to a free school lunch; however we ask all parents to register their child when they start school. This ensures the school receives the maximum funding.
The overall aims of our pupil premium strategy:
- To continue to reduce attainment gap between the school’s disadvantaged pupils and others nationally
- To raise the in-school attainment of both disadvantaged pupils and their peers
- To offer increased and detailed targeted support for pupils eligible for pupil premium across the school.
It is of paramount importance to us that all pupils reach their full potential across a broad and rich curriculum entitlement.
We encourage all parents and carers to ensure that the office staff know whether their child is entitled to FSM, is a “Looked After” child or has a parent who is a member of the armed services. We treat all enquiries in the strictest of confidence. If your personal circumstances change, you may be entitled to Free School Meals, enquiries can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org
How is the funding used?
Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across 3 areas, with a particular focus on teaching.
- Investing in high-quality teaching (Using pupil premium funding to improve teaching quality is the most effective way to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. By doing so, schools will inevitably benefit non-eligible pupils as well)
- Targeted academic support – additional support for some pupils focussed on their specific needs
- Wider approaches – support for non-academic issues that impact success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional challenges
Schools must show how they’re using their pupil premium funding by publishing an online statement about how they use their funding and the impact it has on the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.
Click the link below to read our current strategy (which is the final year of our three year strategy):
Click the link below to see information about the first two years of our three year strategy, which includes our reviews of 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.