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Pupil Premium


Department for Education Articles and advice for children and young people - Further information can be found on the Pupil Premium and other school funding.


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.


"It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility"

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As a school we publish the Pupil Premium funding we receive and how it is spent.  This money is used in a variety of ways from targeted support through one-to-one and small group tuition, interventions and targeted tutorials, continuing professional development, parental engagement via our Family Worker, support packages such as accelerated reader and the school library service, trips and uniform, tailored resources and equipment.  The funding we receive contributes towards the cost but does not cover the full cost of the support we provide.    Review meetings regularly take place and provide valuable feedback about the progress of pupils and the effectiveness of interventions.



'A Rising Tide Sales all Ships'.  Our rationale behind raising aspirations, is based on the notion of raising the expectations, level of challenge and aspirations for all children.  Much of the work we have carried out, including setting ambitious targets linked to performance management and training for all teachers in raising the challenge in the classroom is part of the school development programme and not included on costs.  Similarly our work in engaging parents through the Parent's Forum, information sessions, volunteering and workshop and the revision of our practice for setting homework are not part of the spending, but do impact positively on pupil learning.



Impact is measured by the reduction of the gap in progress and attainment between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who are not.  





Financial Year 2017 to 2018


The Secretary of State for Education lays down the following terms and conditions on which assistance is given in relation to the pupil premium grant (PPG) payable to schools and local authorities for the financial year beginning 1 April 2017. PPG provides funding for two policies:

  • raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
  • supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces

The PPG per pupil for 2017 to 2018 is as follows:

Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 as recorded as Ever 6 FSM £1,320
Looked after children (LAC) defined in Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority £1,900

Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order


St Christophers Academy has been allocated £40,920 for the financial year 17/18 to be paid quarterly

Financial year 2016 to 2017

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

£1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6


Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order


St Christophers Academy has been allocated £39,600 for the financial year 16/17 to be paid quarterly




Eligibility for Free School Meals


A parent may wish to check their child's eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from key stage 2).  To do this you will need to contact the school office who will be able to help you with this process.


Eligibility Criteria


Parents/Guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseeker's allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit


Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.


If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is used to benefit your child, please speak to the school office.


If you think your child may be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't want your child to eat school meals, please call into the school office.