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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium was introduced in 2011 to help schools to further support the children of low income families. Children who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) either currently or in the past six years (known as the Ever6 FSM measure), attract additional funding to the School (£1345 per eligible pupil for 2021/22). Each year we encourage eligible parents to apply for Pupil Premium support.  Doing so brings additional funds into school to support your child.  There is no stigma attached to applying for this funding and other families will not be aware that you have done so.

The additional money that comes into school for eligible pupils can be used to fund 1:1 tuition after school and can be used to pay for all day and residential trips, school clubs as well as fund school uniform and even school shoes and a winter coat. 

Prior to April 2018, children qualified for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you received any of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less

These benefits have now been rolled into a single benefit, called Universal Credit. From April 2018, free school meals and pupil premium will only be allocated to pupils with a family income under £7400 (net) per year.

Since September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 have qualified for free school meals, regardless of their family income, but only the children who would qualify for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the pupil premium.

If your child qualifies for free school meals based on the above criteria, it’s important that you apply for the Pupil Premium and tell the school. 



Any child who applies and is entitled from April of this year onward will secure a free school meal throughout the rest of their time at the school i.e. also in KS 2.  This is not something that needs to be reapplied for each year; apply once and it is good for the rest of your child's time in primary school.  This means that even if the family income level rises above the £7400 threshold, the entitlement remains.

Please look at the eligibility criteria below and use the attached form to apply.

Objectives of Pupil Premium Expenditure

We seek, through targeted funding and intervention to eliminate barriers to participation and good progress.  Whilst it is not true of all Pupil Premium entitled pupils at Woodland Grange, nationally, such pupils on average, perform less well and make less progress than non-entitled pupils.  It is our aim to narrow the gap, where one exists, between entitled and non-entitled pupils.

Apart from support with the cost of clubs, day trips, residential trips, uniform and music tuition we also target resources to directly impact upon the academic progress of pupils.  This includes 1:1 reading support and small group work led by a teacher focusing upon key areas of literacy or numeracy.  The majority of our pupils entitled to pupil premium also benefit from one-to-one tutoring with a school staff member (often their class teacher or member of staff member known to them).

It is a requirement set by the Department for Education that schools report:

  • Pupil premium grant allocation for the current academic year
  • Details of how school intends to spend its allocation
  • Details of how school spent its previous academic year’s allocation
  • How it made a difference to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils

Please click on the documents below to see how Woodland Grange uses Pupil Premium funding.

Please click below to see details of our COVID catch up plan