Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium - what you need to know

Mrs Sarah Cronin - Pupil Premium Lead


  • The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
  • In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. 
  • Schools are held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures are included in the performance tables that capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. Schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
  • Schools will also be provided with information about strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of pupils from poorer backgrounds. 

Key facts

  • 40% of pupils at Castle Hills Primary are currently eligible for FSM.
  • The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
  • The level of the premium in 2014/15 was £1300 per pupil. 
  • The Government has decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium will be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years. As a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.
  • We ensure our Pupil Premium spending action plan includes performance measures and that our spending priorities are evaluated and reviewed to ensure that they are successfully improving outcomes for children.
  • School performance data shows that in all key stages, pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding make good or better progress in Reading, Writing and Maths, and in the vast majority of classes and subjects, they make similar progress to those children not eligible for Pupil Premium. Where this is not the case, interventions are reviewed and action taken to accelerate their progress.

Service Premium

  • A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces; this is currently £250. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.

Please click on the links below to access further information:


Pupil Premium-strategy-Castle Hills Primary 2017-2018.pdf

Free School Meals versus None Free School Meals Data Analysis2017STEP.pdf

2015 Progress and Attainment Outcomes by Year Group (F2-Yr5) – New School Tracking & Assessment System (STATs)

Pupil Premium Outcomes.pdf

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure Summary 2015/16 – including 2015 end of key stage Statutory Assessment results

pupil premium summary 2015-2016 updated.pdf

Revised Pupil Premium Policy 2015-2016

Policy for Pupil Premium at Castle Hills Primary School 2016-17.pdf

Pupil Premium Outcomes 2015-2016.pdf

EYPP planning strategy2016-2017.pdf 

PP-strategy-Castle Hills Primary.pdf 2016-2017


pupil premium summary 2014-2015 Marchcomplete.pdf

pupil-premium-outcomes 2014-2015.pdf