The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel and children adopted from care, or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order / Residence Order.
The Government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. The school is held accountable through:
- the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
- the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium
- transparency for parents as published online
In most cases the Pupil Premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. Local authorities are responsible for looked after children and adopted children and make payments to schools where an eligible looked after child is on roll.
Our intention is that all pupils, irrespective of their background or the challenges they face, make good progress and achieve high attainment across all subject areas. As a school, we are committed to meeting our pupils’ pastoral, social and academic needs in a nurturing Christian environment. As with every child in our care, children who are in receipt of pupil premium funding are valued, respected and entitled to develop to their full potential and to “Shine as Lights in the World” (Philippians 2:15).
Please click the link below to view our strategy statement.
Your child may be eligible for Pupil Premium funding (and able to get free school meals) if you receive any of the following:
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods, and your monthly average income over three assessment periods should be no more than £616.67)
- 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 are 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 four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Please see the links below for further information: