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 their wealthier peers 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 are free to 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 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 year to year 6
- £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
Eligibility 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 (IS) or you are a pupil receiving the benefit in your own right
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or
- Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
- Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (ie they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.
You can check if you are eligible online here:
Or get in touch with Benefits Information
- Email: Benefits@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
- Telephone: 0300 123 7021, Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm
- By post: Revenues and Benefits Department, PO Box 187, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH34 9DB
If your child does not have Free School Meals but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please contact the office (in confidence) to register them. Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium Funding that may be used to help your child.
Use of Pupil Premium at St Bernard’s
Through our mission and vision at St Bernard’s, we believe we can maximise the impact of our pupil premium spending to ‘close’ and ‘eradicate’ the gap for our ‘Ever 6 FSM’ children.
At St Bernard’s we ‘strive for excellence’ and provide a culture where:
- We believe in the unseen potential of all children
- All staff adopt a ‘solution-orientated’ approach to overcoming barriers
- All staff support children to develop ‘growth mindsets’ towards lifelong learning
- When analysing data and identifying pupils, we ensure that:
- All teaching staff and learning coaches are involved in the analysis of data and identification of pupils
- All staff are aware of who pupil premium and vulnerable children are
- All pupil premium children benefit from the funding, not just those who are under-performing
In the academic year 2015 – 16, our school will receive £94,020 in Pupil Premium funding. To ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially, Pupil Premium funding is allocated to a number of initiatives.
Please click on the link to see a breakdown of current and projected spending for 2016-17.
Please click on the links below to see any previous reports on spending and the impact of initiatives used.
A copy of our Pupil Premium Policy can be accessed below. The policy is reviewed on an annual basis.
The designated lead person for Pupil Premium funding is Mr Jevons (Head of School)
Our designated governor for Pupil Premium funding is Mrs Letissier (Chair of Governors)
National Pupil Premium Award
We are proud and delighted to announce that St Bernard’s was selected for a National Pupil Premium Award in 2014-15 due to the progress our disadvantaged children make and for the way we use Pupil Premium money. We are pleased to be recognised as a school who does much for their disadvantaged children and families.