Pupil Premium Funding at Springhill Academy
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 peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
Schools also recive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
Although children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a universal free school meal, the school will only receive pupil premium funding if parents have met the criteria and completed the application.
If you believe that your child is entitled to a free school meal, please see Mrs Burr in the school office or you can follow this link to download a form and apply online:
Free school meals are available to children of families who are in receipt of:
income Based Jobseekers Allowance
income-related employment and support allowance
the guarantee element of state pension credit
universal credit with family net earnings of £7,400 or less
I am an asylum seeker
Parents receiving Working Tax Credit for four weeks after their employment finishes are entitled to free school meals during that period. This also applies to parents who start working less than 16 hours per week (please seek advice about this from the Benefits Agency)
Children who receive Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive Free School Meals.
In cases where children receive education who have not attained compulsory school age, there will be a conditional requirement that they receive education both before and after the lunch period, before being eligible to receive Free School Meals.
If you receive Working Tax Credit only, your child is NOT eligible.
In order to effectively measure the impact of Pupil Premium Funding at Springhill academy, there are a number of analyses completed. We monitor the impact of support by analysing attainment and progress of Pupil Premium pupils and comparing them to other pupil groups to see if differences in attainment and progress are minimised. In addition, we also measure improvements in participation in activities and clubs, attendance, confidence, behaviour and reductions in exclusions.
Pupil Premium Strategy Review