Pupil Premium

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The Pupil Premium

The ‘Pupil Premium’ is top-up funding received by schools which aims to address the underlying inequalities between disadvantaged students and their peers.  The funding is used to tackle disadvantage by providing additional support in a wide variety of ways, and is targeted to reach those children who need it most.  The amount that any school receives will depend on the number of pupils that it has who are eligible for Free School Meals or who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point over the preceding six years. In addition, pupils who meet the following criteria are also eligible:

Children Looked After (CLA) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority

Children who 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.

For clarification, children whose parents are in receipt of the following are entitled to receive Free School Meals:

Income Support

Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

Child Tax Credit (as long as you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and you don't get more than £16,190 a year)

Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

Universal Credit (with annual earned income of no more than £7,400 after tax and not including any benefits you get).

The Service Premium is extra funding for schools to support children and young people with parents in the armed forces.  Pupils attract the premium if they meet the following criteria:

One of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces

One of their parents served in the regular armed forces in the last 3 years.

Pupils will only be able to claim either Pupil Premium or Service Premium if the school is notified in advance of the annual school census (mid January).

If you think you may be eligible for Free School Meals the easiest way to apply is here:


If you would like any help with the application process please contact us for further advice.

Our letter outlining further information on Pupil Premium can be found below:


Our letter sent to the families of pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium funding can be found below:

Pupil Premium Letter

Pupil Premium Strategy at The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School

The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School is a high achieving and aspirational school and the challenge for all our pupil premium students is to reach the targets not only set by the school but by their peers. Our starting point is that all the pupils in the school can achieve their goals and we work particularly hard on ensuring this is the case for our pupil premium students.  We ensure their aspirations are the same as those around them. For the academic year 2022/2023, 108 (8%) of students in the whole school cohort are eligible. Our estimated pupil premium allocation is £100,000 - see below for a breakdown of how this is spent. In such a small group, with a diverse range of needs, any interventions have to be cost effective and have high impact. The School’s leadership team has embedded key practices, strategies and ideas lower down the school, from the point of transition, to avoid the need for lots of ‘bolt on’ interventions in Year 11. All Year 6 into 7 Pupil Premium Students were invited to the Summer School in the summer with over 90% attending. Many of the initiatives the school adopts are in place because we have identified the barriers to the progress of all groups. The initiatives are school wide but are intended to have maximum impact on those who don’t have the opportunities that many others in our community are exposed to.

JHN PP strategy document 2023-2024