Pupil Premium and Service Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. The government has used pupils entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) or entitled at any point during the last 6 years (Ever 6) and pupils ‘Looked After’ by the Local Authority (LAC) as indicators for disadvantage. 

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for pupils in Reception Year to Year 6

Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.

Who is eligible for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium?

All children who are at school; and were under 19 at the start of the academic year; and are claiming or have parents who are claiming:

  • Income support; or
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance; or
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (this benefit was introduced from 27 October 2008); or
  • Child Tax Credit, but who are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and whose annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) does not exceed £16,190; or
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration & asylum Act 1999; or
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit


  • Families in receipt of Working Tax Credit are not eligible for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium.
  • From 1 May 2009 those 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, are entitled to Free School Meals.
  • The PP will only be awarded if you apply for FSM, however, please note your child is not required to have the FSM if they prefer not to.
If you think that you might qualify for Pupil Premium funding then please complete the form below and return to the address given in the form:
The service premium is extra funding for schools to support children and young people with parents in the armed forces. 

Pupils attract the premium if they meet the following criteria:

  • one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
  • they have been registered as a ‘service child’ in the school census at any point since 2011
  • one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) or the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)

In the financial year 2016 to 2017, schools will receive £300 for each eligible pupil.

For more inofrmation on how the Pupil Premium and Service Premium funding has been targeted please click the links below.