What is the pupil premium?
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. From September 2014, the premium will be worth £1,320 for students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); £1,900 for any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £300 for students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent. At St Marys we pride ourselves on utilising the Pupil Premium to support our students with a specific focus on Literacy, Maths and maximising the life opportunities for all students.
Claiming Free School Meals:
There is an issue with parents not claiming Free School Meals and therefore the Pupil Premium entitlement is not available. It is very important that parents let us know if they are in receipt of any of the following types of benefits, as we will not be automatically informed by the local government: Income Support (IS); Income Based Jobseekers Allowance; An income-related employment and support allowance; Support under part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; Child Tax Credit (provided not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income not exceeding £16,190 or Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
Since September 2014, all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for Free School Meals, however, it is still vital that parents inform us about their eligibility for these benefits, as it means the school will receive additional funding to support their children.
To register for Free School Meals please complete the online form: Free School Meals Application
Pupil Premium Reports:
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium. At St Marys, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
At times, families may find that they require financial support to access additional activities or possibly fund visits. The Lupton Tower Trust is available to support families within the local area. Applications can be made via email. Please read the following leaflet.