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St Peter's Catholic Primary School

St Peter's Catholic Primary School

Pupil Premium

The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.

For every child registered for the 'Pupil Premium', St Peter's Primary School receives an additional £1,455 for the school year. We also receive additional funding for children who have been 'looked after' by the local authority continuously for more than six months and a smaller amount to provide some additional support to children of service families.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium in ways which they consider will enhance the education of the targeted children. At St Peter’s, this additional funding allows us to provide an even better education for your child so that they achieve as well as other children and can enjoy the same experiences. 

If you qualify, your child/children can receive free school meals and reduced costs towards some after school activities (e.g. Karate, Football, Cheerleading & other clubs) or curriculum enrichment opportunities. If you are registered for Pupil Premium you may also get help with the cost of day trips and residential trips. 


Please read on to find out how to check if you are eligible and if so, how to apply for this financial support.


Free School Meals in YR-2 & Pupil Premium Information 

Currently, pupils in Years 1 and 2 as well as Reception children all receive free school meals, these are paid by government funding. This provision is called Universal Free School Meals or UFSM.

In addition to this funding, parents in low income families or those that are unemployed can also apply for Pupil Premium funding so that their children can receive free school meals in subsequent school years (Year 3 and onwards). Pupil Premium funding can also give children access to some discounted educational trips and events throughout their school years.


Are you eligible?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you receive any of these benefits:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • 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 you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Please note you are not eligible if you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit.


How to apply:

  1. Checking eligibility for Pupil Premium is really quick and easy. If you are not sure whether you are eligible, it is better to check so that you can be sure, there is nothing to loose!
  2. Email Mrs Cardy in confidence on with the Date of Birth, National Insurance Number (or National Asylum Support Service (NASS) Number) & FIRST 3 letters of the surname for each resident parent. Will we be able to let you know within a day or two if you are eligible. 
  3. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal, saving you more than £350 a year.
  4. If you don’t want your child to have the free school meals, they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, you still get discounts for some educational activities from the £1,320 extra the school receives.
  5. If you have any problems with applying for this support, please contact our school office on 01372 274913

No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

The information that you supply to register for Pupil Premium will be treated in confidence and will only be used for the purpose of establishing entitlement to Pupil Premium and to contact other sources, as allowed by law, to verify your initial and continuing entitlement.

Information can be found here: Pupil premium - GOV.UK ( 


Use of Pupil Premium

Since September 2012, there has been a requirement to publish online information about the use of Pupil Premium funding. This ensures that parents and others are fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by this funding and the extra support that they receive.

Our Strategy Statement for the use of Pupil Premium in 2022-23, which incorporates a review of outcomes in 2021-22 can be read below.