Gillingham CofE
Primary Academy

Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium

Pupil premium is a government scheme that was introduced in 2011 to improve the education of underprivileged children.
The scheme aims to grant schools extra funding so that they’re able to provide additional support for children who are faced with extra challenges. Its objective is to help schools unlock the learning potential of their pupils and provide them with a better education. It also aspires to narrow the gap in educational development between children of underprivileged backgrounds and their peers.

Children can be eligible for the pupil premium for a variety of reasons. These include their family circumstances, such as their income or occupations, and whether or not they’re in care. If a child is eligible, a school will receive the necessary amount of funding for each child per school year.

How much does the school receive?

  • Primary schools receive £1345 for each pupil that is currently eligible for free school meals based on their family income.
  • Primary schools receive £1345 for every pupil that has previously received free school meals based on their family income. Pupils are eligible for funding for six years since they last received a free school meal.
  • All schools receive £2345 for every pupil that is currently in some form of care.
  • All schools receive £2345 for every pupil that has previously been in some form of care and has since been adopted or placed into a child guardianship order.
  • All schools will receive £310 for every pupil that has a parent currently serving in the armed forces, or receiving a pension from the Ministry of Defence.

Who qualifies for pupil premium?

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to Universal Free School Meals. However this only entitles them to a free dinner each day, not additional pupil funding.

If you believe that your circumstances would entitle your child to Pupil Premium funding, which would mean that the school receives an additional £1,320 per year, please click the link below:

Norfolk County Council – Application for Free School Meals

How do we spend our Pupil Premium?

The Government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to best use the Pupil Premium funding as they know the needs of their children. Please find below our Pupil Premium Strategies and reviews.

Gillingham Pupil Premium Spend 2023 – 2024

Gillingham Pupil Premium Spend 2022 – 2023

DfE Pupil Premium Guidance

DFE Overview – Pupil Premium

Gillingham CofE Primary Academy

For all enquiries, or if you would like to visit the school please contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions or make an appointment for you.

Telephone: 01502 713425 •

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