St Michael with St John Church of England Primary School

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Pupil Premium


The pupil premium grant was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to support vulnerable pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years.


What are Free School Meals?

It is the entitlement for your child to receive a free two course meal each school day.


Am I entitled to Free School Meals? 

Free School Meals are available to any full-time student who is still at school and eligible. This includes nursery children who attend full days and also sixth form students. Meals are not available for students at further education level. You can get Free School Meals for your child if you or your partner gets either:

•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 Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

•Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs

•Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school lunches. Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also eligible to receive Free School Meals.


Why should I register?

•If your application is successful, it could save you money.

•If your application is successful, it will raise an extra £1,320 for your child’s school, to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities.

•This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving one of the welfare benefits listed above.  It is therefore important to sign up for free school meals, even if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, so that your child’s school receives as much funding as possible.


How will the information I provide be used?

•The information you provide in this form will be used by the council to confirm receipt of one of the listed welfare benefits. 

•Once this is confirmed, this helps to decide how much money your child’s school will receive each year.

•The information will also be used in relation to children in Year 3 or above to decide whether they are eligible for free school meals.

•You only need to complete this form once and it will last for the duration of your child’s time at their current school.


If you think you could be eligible for Free School Meals, click the link below and complete the form:  


If you would like help with completing the application form, please contact our Inclusion Manager Miss Qadri at the school on 01254 665190.



St Michael with St John CE Primary School is situated in an area of high deprivation, whereby:

  • 42% of pupils live within the 10% most deprived areas nationally;
  • 72% of pupils live within the 20% most deprived areas nationally;
  • 98% of pupils live within the 33% most deprived areas nationally.


As a result of this, our disadvantaged pupils may experience the following circumstances:

  • low income households;
  • poor or overcrowded housing;
  • low levels of communication, language, literacy and numeracy;
  • a lack of nursery provision leading to them being socially, emotionally and academically ill-prepared for learning;
  • speaking English as an additional language due to them coming from homes where little or no English is spoken;
  • restricted opportunities to enrich and extend learning outside of school due to attending mosque every evening.



  • Target all pupils eligible for PP funding to attend the Breakfast Club to improve attendance.

  • Focused ‘Narrowing the Gap’ intervention support including talk-tastic and pre-teaching groups.

  • Well-being support provided at lunchtime by the Safeguarding and Welfare Officer.

  • Increased targeted support from a teaching assistant or class teacher for phonics, reading, writing and mathematics.

  • Additional reading, writing and maths sessions to pre-teach gaps and provide additional support by KS1 and KS2 Team Leaders and Inclusion Manager.

  • Close tracking and monitoring of data - impact of support and intervention for PP pupils to be discussed at termly PPMs.

  • Broaden range of experiences to impact on learning through access to activities through the Children's University, the school's club offer and trips/visits.

  • Inclusion Manager to closely monitor and report on the impact of provision for PP pupils at termly Governors’ meetings.

  • Safeguarding and Welfare Officer to monitor and report on the impact of attendance at Breakfast Club and overall attendance. Robust approach to absenteeism - Safeguarding and Welfare Officer to take a more rigorous approach with families, with support from Local Authority Inclusion Officer.  Attendance meetings to be held with parents of persistent absentees and those at risk of low attendance. 

  • Morning sessions to enable increased targeted support from a HLTA or class teacher for reading, writing and mathematics (Year 6).


Further information regarding strategies that are implemented using pupil premium funding can be found in our Pupil Premium Strategy below. This document includes details of the impact of Pupil Premium funding for the year 2018/19 and details of the planned spending for the year 2019/20.