Pupil Premium

Information regarding Pupil Premium Grant

The pupil premium is additional funding (currently £1,320 per registered pupil) given to publicly funded schools in England (according to the number of children who are, or have been eligible for free school meals and children who are either designated as ‘looked after’, adopted or service children) to raise the attainment and improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

This funding, if eligible, will be received each year that the children remain at primary school, regardless of how your circumstances may change. 

Pupil Premium Free School Meals

The school receives a considerable amount of additional funding (equivalent to about a tenth of our school budget) according to the numbers of pupils who are registered for free school meals (FSM). Once a child is confirmed as eligible for FSM s/he is automatically registered for Pupil Premium, with an additional £1320 (2018-19) per pupil being allocated to the school budget.  Children remain registered for Pupil Premium for six years after they no longer qualify for FSM.

You qualify if you are in receipt of any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers’ Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of state Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit

Please click here for further information from West Sussex Council.

Please click here to apply online. You can also apply in writing with a form available at the school office.

Why Register for Pupil Premium

If you do qualify, we would urge you to take up the entitlement which will support the entire school.  Claiming your £1320 releases much needed funding from other sources to benefit every child at school.

Your child would also be entitled to;

  • Free School Meals (if desired)
  • a free school sweatshirt
  • £30 towards the cost of an extra-curricular club each term
  • subsidised residential trips
  • a selection of books related to your child’s Topic Block, issued four times a year (Cygnet Book Club)
  • funding for music lessons and towards instrument hire may be available depending on individual circumstances
  • a free 3 in 1 travel card (worth £50).

Free School Meals

In Reception and KS1, all children will be provided with a free school meal, whether or not they are registered, but the school will not be able to claim the £1320 unless you register, so PLEASE do!

It is not necessary for your child to take up the free school meal and they may continue with their present lunch arrangement if wished.  All that is needed is a NI number and our lovely office staff can help with form filling, or with contacting a translator for most languages, if anyone is unsure what to do.

Support for Extra Curricular Clubs

To ensure everyone is afforded similar opportunities to attend extra-curricular clubs, the school will pay the cost of £30 towards one club for each child registered for Pupil Premium per term.  Registration for a club occurs at the end of the previous term and must be completed online – you will be notified of your child’s place via email. If your child is registered and in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, you can tick the associated box on the registration form and the school will meet the cost of one club.

Pupil Premium Strategy for 18/19, including the Impact Report for 17/18

Further Support

If you require further support, please contact our helpful office staff or alternatively, speak to Mr Warwick, the Assistant Head and Pupil Premium Leader.