Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.
The Pupil Premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11. It was introduced in 2011 to provide additional school funding for those children from Early Years Foundation Stage to Year 11 classed as having deprived backgrounds, and also those who had been looked after by a local authority for more than six months. The Service Premium was also introduced for children whose parent(s) are, or have since 2011, served in the armed forces.
Broadly, pupil premium funding is spent in three ways at St Francis. Significant funding is allocated to direct academic support to ensure all pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding have the necessary support to reach at least national standards of attainment in the core areas of reading, writing and mathematics by the time they leave the school. Further pupil premium funds are used to ensure pupils are able to play a full part in the life of the school, removing any differences in opportunity that might occur as a result of financial constraints. Pupil premium funds are also directed to other, less-tangible forms of support to ensure some of our more vulnerable pupils are able to access the curriculum effectively.
Could my child be entitled to free school meals and therefore Pupil Premium?
It's not just a free school meal!
Applications are made online using the Department for Education Eligibility Checking Services (ECS) which allows your eligibility to be checked confidentially online and you do not always have to provide paper proof of benefit. Please apply at
If you are eligible to claim free school meals your application will trigger additional government funding for your child’s school.
Children whose parents receive the following support payments may be entitled to receive free school meals:
- income support (IS)
- income based job seeker’s allowance (IBJSA)
- income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the 'Guaranteed' element of the State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HMRC) that does not exceed the income threshold set by the Treasury , currently £16,190
- Universal Credit - if you apply after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
- Working Tax Credit 'run on' - the payment someone may receive for a further 4 weeks AFTER they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
If you are entitled to working tax credit during the four week period immediately after your employment stops, or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week, your child would also be eligible for free school meals for this four week period only.
Children who receive IS or IBJSA in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.