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Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

Waingels is committed to being an exceptional school, striving for excellence for all of its students. The Pupil Premium Policy aims to ensure that students who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding are given the opportunity to succeed in the pursuit of academic achievement and personal development. Thus, ensuring that the funding is spent effectively and that staff and governors make decisions that aim to narrow the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and those that are not disadvantaged.

Pupil premium funding is spent on the following:

  • Resources for students to remove barriers to learning
  • School counselling services
  • Special curriculum
  • Homework club
  • Books, Curriculum Resources, KS4 Revision Guides, mathematics sets
  • School trips and enrichment activities

If you are entitled to the government pupil premium funding you can apply for extra financial support throughout the year. As different expenditures arise, then please contact the school to apply. All enquiries will be dealt with discretion and ensuring that the funds are allocated fairly.

Funding is allocated to those who are eligible for it based on priority of need, each case is dealt with on an individual basis and the Principal has the final decision on how the funds are allocated.

Who Qualifies for Pupil Premium Support

The Pupil Premium is additional finance given to publicly funded schools in England. It is targeted specifically to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and diminish the difference between them and their peers.

Pupil premium funding is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have:

  • Been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
  • A parent in the Armed Forces
  • Been looked after for one day or more, are adopted, leave care under a special guardianship order or a residence order

Free School Meal Eligibility & Pupil Premium (for 2017 - 2018)

£935 for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years

£2300 (from 01/04/2018) for any pupil identified in the January 2017 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of the following;

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order (previously a residence order)
  • who has been in local authority care for one day or more
  • recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local-authority care)

£300 for each eligible student with parents in the Armed Forces (service pupil premium or SPP). Pupils attract the SPP if they meet the following criteria:

  • 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

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address underlying inequalities between these children (as specified above) and their wealthier peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

At Waingels we have used the additional funding provided through the Pupil Premium scheme [PP] in a variety of ways, with groups of targeted students to ensure that those supported by the grant are making accelerated progress and that gaps in students’ progress and attainment are closing. Whilst many of the activities are targeted specifically towards students who are entitled to PP, Waingels operates an open-access policy where ever possible.

Pupil Premium Spend 2018/2019

Waingels received a total of £176,362.94. This is split into Pupil Premium- £168,204,17 and LAC PP - £8,158.77.           

Pupil Premium Spend 2017/2018

Waingels received a total of £181,200 additional funding (including £13,754 catch up funding), for 170 Pupil Premium students. 


Application for Free School Meals- Guidance Notes for Parents and Guardians

Application for Free School Meals

Pupil Premium Policy

Pupil Premium Strategy 2020/2021

Updated Pupil Premium Guidance

Pupil Premium Frequently Asked Questions