Pupil Premium

Helping to raise attainment

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. This funding was introduced in 2011 and is allocated to children from low income families who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM), including those who have received FSM at any point in the last 6 years, and children who are looked after (CLA) under local authority care.


Purpose and allocation of the premium

Pupil premium funding is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, less family support, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.


St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School has written its own policy specifically for the pupil premium funding as a way of providing parents with further information on its allocation and spending. This can be viewed by clicking the link below:

⇒ Pupil Premium Policy and Practice


To view how we have used the pupil premium funding during the academic year 2017-2018 please click on the link below:

⇒ Pupil Premium Report 2017-2018


Funding for 2016-2017

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
  • £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil identified in the spring school census having left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.

Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding.


If you would like paper copies of any information, policy or document found on our website please contact the school office and a member of staff will be happy to arrange this for you free of charge.

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