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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

Disadvantaged Pupils

Pupil Premium (PP)

Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of children from low income families. This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates. Schools are given a pupil premium for:

  • Children who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years.
  • Children who are or have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day.
  • Children from service families who receive a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.

Common uses of the Pupil Premium funding at Chenderit School include:

  • Providing Careers support for pupil premium students in Y10 and 11
  • Providing revision guides for all pupil premium students from Y9 – 11
  • Providing financial support to purchase basic equipment for pupil premium students. For example school uniform, PE kit, calculators
  • Providing support towards the cost of essential curriculum based trips

Often, all of the children in a class will reap some benefit from how the school spends its pupil premium: for example, if the money is used to fund an additional teaching assistant who works across the whole class, rather than providing one-to-one support. But research shows that the fund does help to narrow gaps between disadvantaged children and their peers, particularly in English and maths.

At Chenderit School we use the Pupil Premium to make strategic interventions that we believe will lead to improved performance amongst students eligible for the pupil premium focussing specifically in these areas:

  • Improved attainment and progress
  • Improved attendance and punctuality
  • Improved behaviour for learning and specifically a reduction in the number of exclusions of disadvantaged pupils
  • Extended access and opportunity to extra-curricular provision
  • Promoting and enabling inclusion in future education

If you have any questions in regards to the way in which Pupil Premium funding is used within Chenderit School, please view our strategy document below, or contact the following member of staff using the form on the 'Contact Us' page here:

Mr J Armstrong | Assistant Headteacher and Disadvantaged Pupil Lead


Free School Meals (FSM) 

All Free School Meals (FSM) must be approved from West Northamptonshire Council. All FSM approved from another county (eg Oxfordshire) have to re-apply to Northamptonshire to receive the benefit at Chenderit School.

Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:

  • 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 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 for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)

A pupil is only eligible to receive a free school meal when a claim for the meal has been made on their behalf, and their eligibility has been verified by Northamptonshire local authority.

Any child who becomes eligible for Free School Meals between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2025 will remain entitled to Free School Meals regardless of any change in parental income until they finish the phase of education they are in (primary or secondary) as of 31 March 2025.

If you believe that you meet the criteria above then you can appy for FSM.  Please follow the link below.