Grovelands School - Pupil Premium

Pupil 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.

For the financial year 2015/16, schools were allocated additional funding to be used to support interventions and provision already in place at their schools or to provide additional provision where need was apparent.

At the bottom of this page, you can find links to the Grovelands Primary School:

  • Pupil Premium Policy
  • Pupil Premium Impact Report 2019/20
  • Pupil Premium Spending Strategy 2020/21

Definition of Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who:

  • have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’)
  • are Looked after Children (LAC).
  • have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order.
  • Have received the Service Premium Grant within the last five years (known as Ever 5 Service Child).

The Pupil Premium is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers.

LAC- Looked After Child: a child who is being looked after by the local authority is known as a child in care. They might be living: 

  • with foster parents
  • at home with their parents under the supervision of social services
  • in residential children's homes
  • other residential settings like schools or secure units.

They might have been placed in care voluntarily by parents struggling to cope, otherwise, children's services may have intervened because a child was at significant risk of harm.

Free School Meals: Free School Meals are available to any full-time student who is still at school and eligible. This includes nursery children who attend full days and also sixth form students. Parents and carers with pupils aged 16-18 in Further Education can apply for free school meals. Children may be eligible for Free School Meals can be if the household in which they live receive one or more of the following:

  • Universal Credit.
  • 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 State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs

Where a parent is 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, their children are entitled to free school lunches. Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also eligible to receive Free School Meals.

Ever 6 FSM: “Ever 6 FSM” means those pupils recorded on the January 2015 School Census who were recorded as known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) on any of the termly censuses since Summer 2009, including the January 2015 School Census. Each pupil will only be counted once: for example, if a pupil on the January 2015 Census is recorded as known to be eligible for FSM and was recorded as known to be eligible for FSM on the Summer 2014 and Autumn 2014 Censuses, they will be counted as one Ever 6 FSM pupil for calculating allocations for the PPG in 2015-2016.

Service Child: The Service Pupil Premium is provided to schools who have children of Regular Armed Forces personnel among their pupil population to provide additional (mainly pastoral) support.

Ever 5 Service Child: Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 5 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.

Government Policy

The table below highlights the key points in how policy on the Pupil Premium has developed since its introduction in 2011-12:

Group Year Qualifying indicator Planned funding (per pupil)
Deprived Children 2011–12 Currently in receipt of free school meals £430
2012–13 Extended to children who had been in receipt of free schools meals at any point in the past six years £600
2013–14 As in 2012–13 £900
2014–15 As in 2012–13 Primary: £1,300 Secondary £935
2015-16 As in 2012-13 Primary: £1,320 Secondary: £935
2016-17 As in 2012-13 Primary: £1,320 Secondary: £935
Looked After Children 2011–12 Currently looked after by a local authority and has been for more than six months £430
2012–13 As in 2011–12 £600
2013–14 As in 2011–12 £900
2014–15 Looked after for one day or more, and including children who have been adopted from care or leave care under a special guardianship or residence order – now referred to as “Pupil Premium Plus” £1,900
2015-16 As in 2014-15 (residence orders now known as child arrangements orders) £1,900
Service Children 2011–12 Children whose parents are currently in the armed forces £200
2012–13 As in 2011–12 £250
2013–14 Extended to children: • whose parents have died in service and are in receipt of pensions under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme & the War Pensions Scheme; • otherwise ineligible in 2013–14 but who had been eligible in 2012–13 or 2011–12. £300
2014–15 Extended to children: • who were eligible previously but whose parents are no longer in the armed forces or are divorced. £300
2015-16 As in 2014-15 £300
Early Years Foundation Stage Pupil Premium 2014–15 Any child who qualifies through the above deprived children indicator £300
2015-16 As in 2014-15 £300


The Conservative Party Manifesto for the 2015 general election included an undertaking to “continue to provide the pupil premium, protected at current rates.”Conservative Party Manifesto 2015, p34

If you have any questions with regard to Pupil Premium then please speak with the school office or the Pupil Premium Leader.

Richard Singleton

Assistant Head Teacher (Pupil Premium Leader and Community Enhancement).

Pupil Premium Policy

Pupil Premium Impact Report  2019/20

Pupil Premium Spending Strategy 2020/21