The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. It’s designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers.
Schools will receive £1,345 for pupils in Reception to Year 6 who are eligible for free school meals or have been at any point in the last 6 years.
Children who have been in local authority care, for one day or more, also attract £2,345 of pupil premium funding.
Schools are free to spend the pupil premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
Our aim is to support disadvantaged pupils to aspire to achieve their highest levels of achievement and attainment possible so the gap between them and pupils from more affluent backgrounds is closed.
A breakdown of how this is spent can be found on our current Pupil Premium Strategy, which is in the files section below.
Does my child qualify and how can I apply?
Children can get free school meals, if their parents or guardians get:
- Universal Credit – your net earned income must be less than £7,400.
- Income Support.
- Job Seeker’s Allowance (income based).
- Employment and Support Allowance.
- Child Tax Credit. (With an annual income of less than £16,190. As assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.)
- Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit.
- Support payments under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
- Working Tax Credit Run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).
How to apply for free school meals
- If you are claiming Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction you can claim free school meals on the same form.
- To make a claim online, please complete the Free School Meals Application.
You will receive a letter telling you the start and end date of your free school meal entitlement.