Pupil Premium Grant
What is the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)?
The aim of the PPG is to support schools in raising the achievement of their most disadvantaged pupils. More specifically, it is hoped that these pupils will benefit from increased social mobility and have improved chances of accessing higher education. Schools are free to spend the PPG as they see fit. National research shows that children who have been eligible for Free School Meals, at any point in their school career, have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. It is also worth noting that many pupils claiming Free School Meals, and those who are looked after, at Grange Academy already fall into other groups, i.e. SEN, that are vulnerable to underachievement. It is, therefore, pertinent for the school to consider additonal strategies when planning effective intervention to maximise the impact of this funding for PPG pupils. The PPG is paid to schools by Local Authorities and to Academies via the EFA (Education Funding Agency). The funding is calculated using the January School Census and Children Looked After Data Returns.
Who is eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant?
Pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM); to qualify pupils must be:
- Children of families in receipt of Income Support/Job Seekers Allowance/Income Related Employment and Support Allowance/Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax credit) and whose household income does not exceed £16,190 pa
- Children Looked After (CLA); a child who is in local authority care continuously for 6 months
- Children with parents in the armed forces (service children)
How can I find out if my child is entitled to Pupil Premium Funding?
The process for applying is straight forward and confidential. You can check on-line using a free school meals (FSM) / Pupil Premium service at:
www.bedford.gov.uk/education_and_learning/education_grants/free_school_meals.aspx (Bedford Borough Residents)
www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/benefits/free-school-meals/overview.aspx (Central Beds Residents)
After completing the application, you will be informed of the outcome and we will be notified. FSM grant will be given from the date of the application. Your child will then get a free school meal everyday from the menu at the school’s kitchen. Alternatively, you can speak to a member of our school office staff by calling (01234) 407100 and we will be able to assist you with this process. All enquiries will be treated in confidence. Pupils in Reception and Key Stage 1 are automatically entitled to a free school lunch, however this does not mean they are automatically entitled to the Pupil Premium Grant.