Pupil Premium students are identified by the government as belonging to one of the following categories: those in receipt of free school meals, those who have been at some point in the last six years, looked after children, adopted children, and children with at least one parent in the armed forces.
All schools are allocated a proportion of their funding from central government which is called the “pupil premium”. The main pupil premium funding allocated to the school is based on the number of pupils who currently qualify for free school meals (FSM), or have qualified for FSM at any point in the last six years. This is called FSM Ever 6. The school also receives a smaller amount of pupil premium funding for eligible pupils who are looked after children, children of services families, and children adopted from care after 2005.
The Department for Education introduced the Service Pupil Premium (SPP) in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant as such any pupil in Reception to Year 11, who has been flagged as a service child since the January 2011 census, will continue to receive the premium (Ever 5 service child).
In order to be eligible for the SPP the following must apply;
- One of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
- They have been registered as a ‘service child’ in the school census at any point since 2011
- one of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme
- Pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time reserve service are classed as service children
Pupil premium funding, and those pupils who are eligible for it, remain under constant review to ensure the school combines high-impact support and intervention with value for money. Pupil premium funding at The Ridgeway School is carefully ring-fenced and always spent on the targeted group of children, although others may benefit from this intervention. It is applied to all pupils across the ability range. Although the cohort includes a significant number of lower prior attaining pupils, it also includes AGAT (able gifted and talented) pupils whom equally support with their learning.
Please take a moment to review some of the ideas and documents on this website relating to our support for Pupil Premium students.
If you think you are eligible for Free School Meals, please click the link below and find out how to apply.
Check eligibility for free school meals
If you have any questions or ideas about how the school can further support your child, please contact the Pupil Premium Manager, Sarah Hill, on firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone on 01793 846100 (ext 202).