Pupil Premium

Our Pupil Premium Lead is Miss Ballam

Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.

The funding is used to decrease the attainment gap for the most disadvantaged children, whether by income or by family upheaval. For each pupil who is registered as eligible for free school meals, the School receives extra funding to specifically support those children. Examples of this can include things like, free places in school run extra-curricular clubs, access to free peripatetic music lessons, support with funding for school trips. 

Governments guidance on Pupil Premium

This guidance is an overview of pupil premium for school staff, parents and anyone else interested in the pupil premium.

Even though all children in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 are not charged for school dinners, it is important that you make an application to be registered as entitled to Free School Meals in order to receive Pupil Premium funding. This will secure Free School Meals for your child throughout primary school, you will also receive supermarket vouchers to cover school holidays and entitles your child to Pupil Premium funding for 6 years. 

Free school meals & Pupil Premium funding are available to children of all ages, that meet one or more of the following eligibility requirements:

  • 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).
  • Income Support (IS).
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA).
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA).
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income that does not exceed £16,190).
  • Working Tax Credit run-on  (the payment you get for a further 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).

If you think you could be eligible, please make an application online via the link below. It is quick and easy to make the application and you will get an instant decision. 

Free School Meals Application


Statement of Intent:

At St Leonard’s we are committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes in progress and attainment for every learner regardless of their backgrounds, needs or abilities, by providing the highest quality teaching and learning possible. We aim for children to become confident readers, writers and mathematicians who also gain a wide breadth and depth of knowledge across the curriculum. Within our Church school Christian framework, we want children to become life-long learners, fostering a sense of curiosity, excitement and passion for everything they experience and do. The focus of our pupil premium strategy is to support disadvantaged pupils to achieve that goal, including progress for those who are already high attainers.

We aim to give pastoral care and teach the children in our school as well as we can, valuing all children individually.  We want to provide enriching curriculum opportunities for all, celebrate children's achievements both academically and socially, fostering a passion for learning and exploring new experiences. 

Our approach will be responsive to common challenges and individual needs, rooted in robust diagnostic assessment, not assumptions about the impact of disadvantage. The approaches we have adopted complement each other to help pupils excel. To ensure they are effective we will:

  • ensure disadvantaged pupils are challenged in the work that they’re set
  • act early to intervene at the point need is identified
  • adopt a whole school approach in which all staff take responsibility for disadvantaged pupils’ outcomes and raise expectations of what they can achieve

Our intended outcomes:

Improve progress in phonics, vocabulary acquisition and early reading for disadvantaged children.

Improve the progress of disadvantaged pupils in writing

Improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils in maths

Support those children with multiple disadvantages to make progress

Raise aspirations, engagement and attendance of disadvantaged pupils, especially for families receiving Early Help