'The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners.' SIAMS Inspection Report

School's Pupil Premium Strategy 2022-25

Purpose of Pupil Premium

'Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.

School leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice. Pupil premium is not a personal budget for individual pupils and schools are not required to spend all of the allocated grant on eligible pupils.

It is for school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium, within the requirements of the conditions of grant.

Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when used across 3 areas.

  1. High-quality teaching, such as staff professional development.
  2. Targeted academic support, such as tutoring.
  3. Wider strategies to address non-academic barriers to success in schools, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support [this may also include participation in school trips and extra-curricular activities, as well as subsidising school equipment and uniform]

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) recommend that schools particularly focus their pupil premium on supporting high-quality teaching' 

Department for Education

Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

​All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are automatically entitled to free school meals under the Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme. Speak to school directly to find out how to order and access the meals. If you have a child in either of these year groups and you think you may be eligible for Pupil Premium funding, you should apply using the link below. 

Apply for pupil premium up to year 2

Pupils in Year 3 - 6

For children in Years 3 - 6, the school will automatically get a pupil premium amount if the child is eligible for free school meals.

You can apply below for free school meals (£2.30 towards the cost of each meal). The application outcome will be confirmed instantly and emailed to you with a reference number. We will process the application and notify your child's school within 5 working days. Pupil premium is automatically applied for at the same time.

You will then need to find out from your school how to order and access free meals.

During September and October there is a longer wait for applications to be processed.

Qualifying benefits

  • Universal Credit (annual net income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods) 
  • Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee 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 four weeks after you stop qualifying)

Check eligibility and apply

Children in care or with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Families with children in care or with SEN need to meet the eligibility criteria above.

The government directly funds meals for children residing in local authority care homes.

Changes and support

Contact the free school meal team by email at  if:

  • you stop receiving an eligible benefit
  • you change your address
  • you need help or support including unsuccessful or pending applications

If you think that you are eligible to apply, or if you are not sure, please contact me in confidence. At a time when school budgets are very challenging, this funding will make a measurable impact on your child. Don’t pass up the opportunity to help us make that difference.