Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium


In 2012, the government launched Pupil Premium funding, which targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds underachieve compared to their advantaged peers. The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential.


The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period.


For every child in receipt of Pupil Premium, the school receives an extra £1320 in funding. We want every child at our school to succeed no matter what their background and so we use the Pupil Premium funding to enable all children to access learning opportunities across the school.  This may be to pay for trips or extra-curricular clubs or for small group interventions to target specific support. 


For a breakdown of how our school uses the Pupil Premium funding, please see the Pupil Premium Report 2021 to 2023 below.


We do urge all parents and carers to check whether they may be eligible even if they do not want their child to have free school meals each day.  To qualify for Pupil Premium/Free School Meals Entitlement, parents/carers must be in receipt of either:


  •  Income Support
  •  Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (IBJSA)
  •  Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  •  Child Tax Credit, provided that their annual income is less than £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC) and they are not in receipt of Working Tax Credit.
  •  The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit      

Please  apply on line through West Sussex County Council website. Details are given below in the Free School Meals Application

If your child is entitled to Pupil Premium, please contact the office as we can help with uniform, trips, clubs and activities.