What is Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is an amount given by the government to schools to support children who have, or have had in the last 6 years, free school meals.


The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.


The Government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through: the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium the new reports for parents that schools now have to publish online and are available here.


The Pupil Premium funding is spent in ways that are intended to address the disadvantages that some children will have experienced at some point in their lives. The school will use the funding to support these children to make equivalent progress to those children who have not been disadvantaged. The details of the plans for this year are detailed in the annual Pupil Premium Strategy Statement. Click below to view our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for this year.