St Mary's Catholic Primary School

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Pupil Premium



Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.


This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.

Primary schools are given pupil premium funding each year for children in Reception to Year 6 who are, or have ever been, entitled to free school meals based on their family income.

The rates for eligible pupils 2022-23:

Pupils in year groups Reception to Year 6: £1345 

Children in care: £2345 

Children previously in care who have been adopted, or who have a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order: £2345 


Service Children recorded as being from service families: £310 


Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.


If you think your child might be eligible for pupil premium funding, please read the information below or contact the school office for more detail.