The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. It was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years. Looked after children and those of service personnel also attract funding.

Schools are free to spend this additional money in whichever way they think will best improve outcomes for these groups of children. Blakesley CE Primary School regularly assesses the needs of these pupils and provides support both academically and pastorally where appropriate. 

We are required to publish how this money is spent in our school and the impact it has had. Please click on the link at the bottom of the page to read more about how we spend Pupil Premium money at Blakesley CE Primary School.

The Trust Pupil Premium principles document outlines the expenditure strategy for funds allocated to Blakesley CE Primary School.

Because of the established link between deprivation and educational underachievement, this grant is aimed at giving schools additional resources to support such children in overcoming any barriers they may have in order to engage successfully with education.

It also applies to looked-after children, adopted-from-care children and those from of military service families. The rationale for Pupil Premium is that all pupils eligible are enabled to make better than expected progress and to engage fully in every aspect of school life.

Free School Meals

Who is eligible for Free School Meals?

Under the government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme, all children in schools up to the end of Year 2 can have a free school lunch. However, it is important that any child who is eligible for Free School Meals anyway is registered as such immediately so that the school does not miss out on crucial additional funding.

You can apply for free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400.
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

Click here to check your eligibility.

If you think you may be eligible and would like the school to help register your child please contact the school on