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 September 2022

To view how we are using the pupil premium funding during the academic year 2021-2022 please click on the link below:

Pupil Premium Strategy 2023-2024


Funding for 2022-2023

In the 2022 to 2023 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,385 for pupils in reception year to year 6

Schools will receive £2,410 for any pupil:

  • identified in the January 2021  school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of:
    • adoption
    • a special guardianship order
    • a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
  • who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more
  • recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)

For pupils who attract the £2,410 rate, the virtual school head of the local authority that looks after the pupil will manage the 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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