St Bernadette's Catholic Primary

With Jesus in our Hearts, we have:

The passion to learn,

The courage to fail,

The strength to love

Pupil Premium Report

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to schools to support disadvantaged pupils and to help to close the attainment gap between them and their peers across the country.

Funding is allocated for pupils who are registered as eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years or are Looked After Children. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel. The premium was introduced by the DfE in 2001 and is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and those that are not by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.



The government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the pupil premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:


  • the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
  • the Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium
  • the reports for parents that schools have to publish online

Free School Meals (Pupil Premium)


Please inform us if you think your child is eligible for Free School Meals. We are able to claim extra funding to support your child’s learning. There is no obligation to actually take the meals.


You are able to claim Free School Meals if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Job Seekers’ 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, provided you are 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 4 weeks after not being qualified for Working Tax Credit
  • All Universal Credit Claimant


If you think you are eligible, please pop into the office and pick up an application form or apply directly online through the link below, or if you require any help at all completing the application please call or speak to Mrs S. White who is very happy to help.