The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Pupil Premium funding is available to: local authority maintained schools, including special schools and pupil referral units.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and paid by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils. Pupil Premium is calculated by the number of free school meals (FSM) children at the school in addition to the number of looked after children (LAC), who attend the school, calculated using the Children Looked After data returns. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils. The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it is intended to help our school to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most. We want the Pupil Premium to make a difference at our school.
Please apply for free school meals if your income is low, even if your child is entitled to a free infant meal or they have a packed lunch. Children who are entitled to free school meals at any time during the last 5 years receive extra Pupil Premium funding for the school. This helps us to provide your child with lots of additional opportunities and support. Full details and the on-line application can be found on the Wiltshire Council website www.wiltshire.gov.uk or the school office will be happy to help.
All applications are treated in the strictest confidence and other children and parents do not know who is entitled to free meals.