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Pupil Premium Funding

What is the Pupil Premium?

Disadvantaged Pupils

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The Pupil Premium has risen over the last few years nationally, with schools attracting £2410 per looked-after child, £1385 per child who has been able to access free school meals within the last 6 years and £320 for service children. For the 2022-23 academic year schools have also been awarded £2000 Recovery Premium Funding.

Pupils from Service Families

Pupils from Service families also attract Pupil Premium funding at the level of £300 per child.  This money is to be used to support pupils’ pastoral needs, for example during times of parental deployment or during a move to, or away from, our school.


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 Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium
  • the reports for parents that schools have to publish online

The link below provides:

  • The document showing our current strategy plan, for the next 3 years and the way in which we will be using the funding, which was written in the Autumn Term 2021. This document includes an evaluation and reflection on the 2021 – 2022 funding.
  • The updated document for the second year of three, written in the Autumn Term 2022, identifies priorities for the next academic year (2022 – 2023).