Pupil Premium & Catch Up Grant


Pupil Premium (Our Strategy)

The Pupil Premium is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or background. It is allocated to schools based on the number of children who come from low-income families – this is defined as those who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals.

It’s important to know that a pupil does not need to have a school dinner, but the parents / carers must have applied and be entitled if they wanted one.

It also includes:

  • pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years
  • children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months

First introduced in April 2011, the level of the premium in 2011-12 was £488 per pupil; it increased to £600 per pupil in 2012-13 and £1300 per pupil in 2014/2015. This amount increased to £1320 in the 2015/2016 academic year and remains at £1320 for this academic year.  Schools also receive £1,900 for each pupil who:

  • has been looked after for 1 day or more
  • has been adopted from care
  • has left care under:
    • a special guardianship order
    • a residence order
    • a child arrangement order

This money is for schools to decide how to use but should be spent in order to improve educational attainment of children from less privileged backgrounds.

This is one of the government’s education policies. It’s based on findings that show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.

At Sharp Lane Primary, 30% of our children are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, we want to diminish the difference so all children achieve and prosper, regardless of eligibility for FSM.

The Pupil Premium champions at Sharp Lane Primary are Mrs R. White & Mrs A. Watkins.

 They are available at school if you need to speak to them on 0113 831 5551 or by emailing contact@sharplane.co.uk


Pupil Premium Strategy 2023 - 2024


If you wish to know more about Sharp Lane Primary School's use of the Pupil Premium Grant, please take time to look through the links below.

Pupil Premium Documentation