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What is the Pupil Premium?


The pupil premium is additional funding allocated to schools to help support disadvantaged pupils in closing the attainment gap between themselves and their peers. Pupils attract Pupil Premium funding if they are currently Children Looked After (CLA) or have post looked after arrangements in place, pupils eligible for free school meals or who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years, and children of serving members of the Armed Forces. At Cumwhinton School, this equates to 9% of our school population this year. The funding has contributed to a wide range of resources designed to maximise student potential in every possible way, e.g. extra support in core subjects and opportunities for extended school activities such as interventions and clubs.


If your child should be receiving free school meals or has qualified for the Pupil Premium in the past, please let us know. Pupils are eligible for free school meals if you or your partner gets either:


  • 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


You can apply for free school meals/uniform vouchers through this link:.


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.


How is it used?


The child is at the centre of our approach to ensuring good progress in learning for pupils who are eligible to receive Pupil Premium Funding. We provide as much support as is needed to break down any barriers to learning and ensure they are able to make good progress and fulfil their potential.


Quality first teaching is essential for students to succeed. It is lesson by lesson progress that is essential to children’s success as learners. We will work towards removing any barriers to learning that pupils face such as, poor attendance, weak English and Maths skills or emotional and behavioural difficulties.


The Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Barber works closely with Mrs Burke, who is the Designated Teacher for Children Looked After, and class teachers to ensure the progress of disadvantaged children is monitored closely and that strategies are in place to tackle underachievement and remove barriers to learning.


The information below gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding: