The Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding in addition to the budget provided to schools to support specific groups of pupils who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM), those looked after by the LA and the children of armed service personnel. This funding is intended to support us in diminishing the difference in attainment between different groups of pupils.
At St Mary’s the funding received through Pupil Premium is ring fenced so that it is spent on the pupils who are allocated this funding. This expenditure is reviewed both annually and throughout the year (with regard to individual interventions) to ensure sufficient impact.
How can you help?
School funding is based on a formula, which among many other elements, includes the number of children who are entitled to Free School Meals.
Even if your child does not wish to take Free School Meals but is entitled to receive them, it is beneficial to the school for the eligibility to be recorded as we receive additional funding for six years. This is especially important now that all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive automatic free school meals.
If you are entitled to claim Free School Meals, please click on the image.