Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that provides additional funding aimed at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research clearly shows established links between deprivation and educational underachievement, this grant is aimed at giving schools additional resource to support such children in overcoming any barriers they may have in successfully engaging with education. The Pupil Premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential by accelerating their progress and providing them with experiences that may not normally be available to them.

What is Pupil Premium?

The Government has used pupils entitled to Free School Meals and those who are looked after as an indicator for deprivation. They have given a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School Meals and who are looked after by the local authority. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

All members of staff and governors accept responsibility for those pupils recognised as ‘disadvantaged’ and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs in a caring environment. As with every child in our care, a child who is considered to be ‘disadvantaged’ is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/her full potential, irrespective of disadvantage or need.

Who is entitled to Free School Meals

Every child in Early Years Foundation Stage, Year One and Year Two will receive a school meal irrespective of family circumstances. You can still be eligible for “free school meals” because of your financial circumstances and receive a qualifying benefit (which is detailed below). If you are receiving a qualifying benefit then please inform Central Bedfordshire Council as the school will receive extra Pupil Premium funding from the Government which will be used to support your child’s education.
The qualifying benefits to receive free school meals are:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and your annual gross income does not exceed £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit (during the initial roll-out of this benefit)

If you think you meet the free school meals eligibility criteria, call Central Bedfordshire Council on 0300 300 8306. When you call to apply for free school meals, please have the following information ready:

  • National Insurance numbers and dates of birth for you and your partner
  • Dates of birth for your children
  • If you receive support from the National Asylum Support Service, your NASS number

This information will be used by Central Bedfordshire Council to check for eligibility to claim additional grant money (Pupil Premium) from central government. It will be used for no other purposes and will remain confidential to the council.
For more information about Free School Meals the please visit Central Bedfordshire Council’s website:

If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don’t want your child to eat school meals, please call into the office to collect a claim form.  Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school.

School Aims

We aim to ensure that every child leaves St George’s excited about learning and determined to succeed.  We want to equip them with confidence, resilience and a passion for justice and equality.  These qualities will enable them to thrive and to champion kindness and fairness at all stages of their future lives. The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium funding will support us in achieving our aims.



  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups. This specifically includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are addressed.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who are eligible for free school meals, (or have been eligible in the last 6 years) are socially disadvantaged.
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We therefore allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils that the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.

Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following annual needs analyses which will identify priority classes and groups.


  • We will ensure that the Pupil Premium funding reaches the groups of pupils for whom it was intended and that it makes an impact on their learning and life.
  • The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve their learning and raise achievement.
  • The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers.
  • We will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others.


We have a range of provision in place to support children who belong to vulnerable groups, including those who are socially disadvantaged.  This provision has the full support of the Governing Body and includes:

  • Having a whole school approach (we offer subsidies for school trips)
  • Early intervention and support for socially disadvantaged pupils
  • Providing small group or 1:1 support with skilled members of staff to focus on overcoming barriers and/or gaps in learning
  • Have an effective system for identifying; assessing and monitoring pupils with the expectation that socially disadvantaged pupils will meet their individual targets.
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided by teachers, TAs or external agencies
  • Additional support for assessments, training and advice from specialists such as speech therapists, educational psychologists etc.
  • Free after school enrichment programme run by staff and professional bodies
  • A curriculum that delivers experiential learning as well as academic – specialists invited to run workshops and activities days that feed into the curriculum themes run throughout the year.
  • Exposure to a variety of technologies
  • Access to therapeutic interventions and advice
  • Paying for activities that broaden the curriculum

Pupil Premium Policy 2016

St George’s Lower Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2015-16

St George’s Lower Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2016-17

St George’s Lower Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2017-18_draft