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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Explained

This grant is an amount of money allocated to schools based on the number of the 'most disadvantaged' children a school has.  ​

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium Grant as they feel is appropriate. Schools must report and publicise annually how the money has been spent and what the impact has been made on the achievements of the pupils. ​

Funding for 2023-24 is £1455 per ‘disadvantaged children’ and £2530 per child who is looked after or adopted from care.​

The government believes that the Pupil Premium Grant, which is additional to the main school funding, is the best way to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after children & service children and other pupils.  Pupils for whom schools must spend the grant on are the 'most disadvantaged'. This is a government definition; it includes children who ​ have may have been disadvantaged at any point in their life and includes children who:

  • have had free school meals, due to low income at any point in the school life​
  • are 'looked after' by the local authority​
  • adopted from care​
  • are children of Service families

Although not included in the calculation of funds (and therefore do not qualify for our personalised budget) this also includes pupils who​:

  • have ever had a social worker​
  • have special educational needs and /or disabilities

Suggestions for how the grant is used:

Teaching - Schools arrange training and professional development for all their staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for pupils. 

Academic support - Schools should decide on the main issues stopping their pupils from succeeding at school and use the pupil premium to buy extra help. 

Wider approaches - This may include non-academic use of the pupil premium such as:

  • school breakfast clubs 
  • music lessons for disadvantaged pupils 
  • help with the cost of educational trips or visits 

Schools may find using the pupil premium in this way helps to:

  • increase pupils’ confidence and resilience 
  • encourage pupils to be more aspirational 
  • benefit non-eligible pupils 


School accountability for the Pupil Premium

Schools must be transparent about how they spend your pupil premium so: 

  • parents, guardians can understand the pupil premium strategy, this is done through the annual strategy document and  'impact statement'
  • governing bodies can see evidence-based practice so they can consider the rationale behind all pupil premium-related decisions 

Categories of eligible pupils

The GOV.UK website explains that a child may be eligible if his/her parents are in receipt of 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 who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals
  • Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both: younger than the compulsory age for starting school for starting school
  • In full-time education
  • You can apply for Pupil Premium through the following link apply for free school meals . Alternatively the school holds application forms and can provide you one upon request.


Please help us to provide the best support for your child by applying for Pupil Premium if you think you may be eligible based on the information above. Registration is confidential and we do recommend that if you are eligible you take this opportunity.

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2023-2024

pupil premium statement 2023 24 pdf for website.pdf


Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2022-2023

pupil premium statement 2022 23 pdf.pdf



Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2021-2022

pupil premium 2021 22 1.pdf

 Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2020-2021

ppg2020 21 1.pdf