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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include: pupils who are entitled to free school meals or who have been on Free School Meals (FSM) within the last six years; those looked after by the local authority; those adopted from care and the children of armed service personnel.

More Information

If you are in receipt of one of the following benefits your child/children may be entitled to free school meals.

  • 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 Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit


Although all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school dinner, you could have access to further financial support if you also meet the criteria for free school meals. If you think this could apply to you, please check on this link. 


Even if you don't feel you need the support, the school will receive extra funding if you qualify. 

The information below shows our Pupil Premium Promise for what we could provide for your child if you are eligible. If you require support with applying for free school meals please contact the school. 


The school receives Pupil Premium funding for pupils who:  

  • Qualify for free school meals, or have done so at any time in the past 6 years due to parent/s being in receipt of one of the following benefits: Income support; Income Related Job Seekers Allowance; Income related Employment and Support Allowance; Guaranteed Element of Pension Credit; Child Tax Credit and annual income of less that £16,190; Asylum seeker Support; Universal Credit and annual income of less than £7,400 (not including benefits) 

  • Have a parent in the armed forces (known as Service Pupil Premium, SPP)  

  • Are looked after children or pupils who have been adopted from care 


If your child is eligible for Pupil Premium Funding we can, where needed, provide the following (in addition the free school meals): 

  • Financial Support towards School Uniform  

  • Financial Support towards a PE Kit  

  • Financial support for curricular trips and residential experiences 

  • Improved access to extra-curricular activities and experiences  

  • Support from TAs to close gaps in learning (if needed)  

  •  Well-being and nurture support from the Inclusion Team (if needed)  


To apply for Pupil Premium/free school meals, please click on the button below which will take you to the application form on the website of Kent County Council.