Pupil Premium

Waverton Community Primary School values the abilities and achievements of all its pupils and is committed to providing, for each pupil, the best possible environment for learning that promotes enquiry and creativity. We aim to make effective use of the pupil premium grant by creating a curriculum and environment in which all children, including the most disadvantaged and the highly gifted are regarded as unique individuals and receive both challenge and support designed to meet their needs.

Pupil Premium Information

Pupil Premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and those who are not, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Department for Education urges schools and local authorities to encourage parents to register their child as eligible for FSM so that each school receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement. Schools can spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, however, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.

In the 2023 to 2024 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:

  • £1,445 for pupils in reception year to year 6
  • £1,035 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

Schools will also receive £2,530 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

The service premium is not part of the pupil premium as the rules are different.

Schools get £335 for every pupil with a parent who:

  • is serving in HM Forces
  • has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence

This funding is to help with pastoral support.

Eligability for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium

You may qualify if you are a parent, guardian or carer and receive one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of 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 £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:

Follow the link to check if you are eligible  FREE SCHOOL MEALS

Our Approach at Waverton Community Primary

  • At Waverton we aim to provide a progressive curriculum for all, that promotes enquiry and creativity.
  • All staff are aware of which pupils receive PPG
  • At Waverton we will use the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to ‘close the gap’ regarding attainment.
  • Expectations are high for all pupil groups and individuals.
  • We do not equate deprivation and challenge with low ability.
  • Not all pupils who qualify for FSM are socially disadvantaged and not all socially disadvantaged pupils qualify or are registered for FSM. We therefore focus on the needs and levels of progress of all pupils.


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