What is 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.
Pupil Premium funding is an amount of money awarded to a school to help provide additional support to those pupils who are in receipt of Free School Meals (not universal), have been entitled to Free School Meals in the last six years, have been adopted from care or have a parent in the Armed Forces.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current inequalities in attainment by ensuring that funding is used to reach out to those pupils who need it most.
It is up to schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. The amount of money varies depending on which category a child is eligible for.
What do I do if I think my child is entitled to Pupil Premium funding?
If you believe you may qualify for Pupil Premium, we strongly urge you to apply.
You can find more details about Pupil Premium on our catering page.
Please check your entitlement by phoning the Helpline below:
- Free School Meal Helpline: 0300 123 5012
- Alternatively you can complete the Free School Meals enquiry form online at
You can read more about applying for Free School Meals here https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals