The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding allocated to schools in order to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students and support them to reach their potential.
At Wolverley CE Secondary School we strongly believe that all of our students should have an equal entitlement and opportunity to a wealth of experiences which develop their skills and abilities, build their confidence and resilience and also prepare them for a happy and successful life beyond their time at our school. It is our aim to ensure that all students, irrespective of their social or financial background, thrive and share our passion for their ‘Ambition Unlimited’.
The government allocates additional money to our school called ‘Pupil Premium’ to help us improve the outcomes for students so that they do the best they possibly can. Pupil Premium funding is allocated to the school based upon the number of:
- Disadvantaged children: in receipt of free school meals (and those who have been eligible in the last 6 years).
- Looked after and previously looked after children: by an English local authority, or who left the care of a local authority in England or Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order, or a residence order.
- Service children: recorded as having a parent serving in the regular armed forces in any school census in the last six years. It is also paid in respect of children in receipt of a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme.
For the financial year 2019-20, the Pupil Premium funding that schools receive is:
|Standard Pupil Premium for disadvantaged children in years 7-11||£935 per student|
|Looked after and previously looked after children||£2,300 per student|
|Service children||£300 per student|
Some examples of how the funding is used would include: additional staffing in maths and English to reduce class sizes, support with curriculum based texts, support with curriculum based trips that will impact on achievement and support with departmental projects. To see a breakdown of our Pupil Premium spending and plan, please follow the link at the bottom of this page.
For a student to attract Pupil Premium funding for disadvantaged children, their parent or carer must be in receipt of a qualifying benefit and a request must have been made for free school meals.
Free School Meals
By far, the most common reason that a student receives Pupil Premium funding at Wolverley is because their parent/carer receives a benefit which entitles them to free school meals. If you are unsure whether your son/daughter is entitled, then the guide below will help. Your son/daughter may be able to receive free school meals if you receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State 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 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (£616.67 per month, after tax and not including any benefits you get)
If you are still unsure, or would like to know more about if your son/daughter qualifies for free school meals then please follow the link below. From here you will be able to check eligibility and complete the application online:
Registering your son/daughter for free school meals will not affect any of the benefits that you may be claiming.
We would like to encourage parents/carers to apply for free school meals. This is because it not only provides our students with a lunch time meal from The Hub, but it also supports our school to fund additional curricular opportunities and more targeted support for our Pupil Premium students.
Further information can be found by contacting the Worcestershire Free School Meals Team on 01905 678154
If you need any further information or support, please contact the school and Miss Hawthorne will be able to support you.
Please see our full Pupil Premium Plan below: