Pupil Premium and Sport Premium

Introduced in 2011, Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. Pupil Premium funding can be used by schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to diminish the difference between them and their classmates.

Pupil Premium funding

Schools are given Pupil Premium funding for:

  • Children who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years. The school receives £1320 for each of these children.
  • Children who have been looked after under Local Authority care for more than one day. For these children the school is awarded a premium of £1900.
  • Children of service families or who have been so for the last three years (£300).
How will schools know who is eligible?

The Pupil Premium is based on the number of FSM pupils, looked after children and children of service families on a school roll during the January census day.

How does this additional funding benefit your child?

At Whitchurch Primary School we spend our pupil premium money in a number of ways:


  • Providing extra one-to-one or small-group teaching of Mastery techniques.
  • Employing extra trained teaching assistants to work within classes.
  • Providing subsidised instrumental music lessons for children whose families would be unable to pay for them.
  • Funding educational trips and visits (50% discount)
  • Paying for additional help such as speech and language therapy or family therapy.
  • Employing a team of Pastoral Partners to support vulnerable children and their families.
  • Running a social and emotional support programme for those children who need the additional support.
  • Investing in digital technologies that boost or support children’s learning, such as computers/tablets/Software.
  • Providing free school uniform, including a PE kit (please contact the school office for more information).
  • Implementing a reward system that helps to improve attendance.
  • Paying a 50% subsidy to Breakfast and After School Club to those children who are able to secure a place.
Additional benefits planned for 2017/2018
  • Running catch-up sessions after school for children who need extra help with maths or literacy.
  • Providing extra tuition for able or gifted children in preparation for SATs or non-academic activities such as sport/music/dance or art.
Is your child eligible for Pupil Premium funding?

Your child may be eligible for Free School Meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseekers’ Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, the guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided that you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 or less
  • Universal credit

If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us – even if they bring a packed lunch – as this enables us to claim pupil premium.

Free School Meals

As of September 2014 all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to receive free school meals as a result of a government initiative. However, it is important for all parents to test whether they would be entitled to free school meals if this scheme did not exist. This is because where parents are shown to be eligible, schools can claim extra government funds to improve the school’s resources and provide a better service to children. By applying for free school meals, Whitchurch Primary School could benefit from up to £1320 additional funding to support their learning. Parents of children in Reception up to Year 6 can apply.

Find out if your child is entitled to free school meals using the Free School Meals Eligibility Checker. You could save hundreds of pounds a year, claim free antivirus software and make additional funding available to the school to enhance the education provided here. Read this guide with instructions on using the site. For any questions, visit the FAQ or ask at the school reception.

Early Years Pupil Premium

The EYPP was introduced in 2016. This will give our school an extra £302 a year for each child whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or whose child has been in local authority care or adopted. This additional money will make a significant difference to us in supporting the development and learning for all our children. We ask that all parents with children born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 fill in the form below, to allow us to check eligibility and claim the additional EYPP for eligible children.

Early Years Pupil Premium letter

Early Years Pupil Premium form

Whitchurch Early Years Pupil Premium leaflet

Pupil Premium

If you think that your child might be eligible for Free School Meals or Pupil Premium funding please complete the form below or come and speak to the staff in the school office.

Whitchurch Pupil Premium leaflet

Pupil Premium at Whitchurch Primary School 2019-20

Pupil Premium at Whitchurch Primary School 2018-19

Pupil Premium at Whitchurch Primary School 2017-18

Pupil Premium at Whitchurch Primary School 2016-17

OFSTED’s Pupil Premium Report

Sport Premium

Sport Premium

Following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, the Government is investing £150 million per year for the academic years until 2020 to improve the provision of P.E. and sport in primary schools.

The funding is designed to impact upon:

  • achievement in P.E. lessons
  • an increased involvement in competitive school sport
  • personal health and well-being
  • improved attitudes and behaviour towards learning

At Whitchurch Primary School we are committed to ensuring our pupils enjoy sports and games activities and understand the importance of being active and having a healthy lifestyle.

The school will measure the funding at the end of 2017-18 through:

  • pupil interviews
  • staff skills audits
  • analysis of attendance at clubs
  • School Games application review
  • observation of P.E. lessons

PE and Sporting Achievements

If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us