Pupil Premium

Promoting and ensuring that every child reaches their full potential is the priority of all at Priors Hall – A Learning Community. 

High expectations and consistency of progress and achievement for all pupils is embedded throughout our school, irrespective of gender, race, culture or socio-economic background, and this is enhanced further by ensuring Pupil Premium is used to maximum effect. 

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 pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.  

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. 

Schools also receive funding for pupils who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and pupils of service personnel. 

Funding for financial year 2021 to 2022

In the 2020 to 2021 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years: 

£1,345 for pupils in reception to year 6 

Schools will receive £2,300 for any pupil identified in the January 2020 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of: 

  • adoption 
  • a special guardianship order 
  • a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order) 
  • who has been in local authority care for 1 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) 

The Pupil Premium is used strategically to ensure maximum impact on attainment. As a school we will work hard to support disadvantaged pupils. We will regularly review our actions and their impact, and add or remove initiatives to ensure continued success, raised aspirations and to limit social exclusion.   


We are committed to ‘narrowing the gap’ between all pupils and any specific cohort or group of pupils. This involves not only academic gaps but also if a child does not have access to enrichment. 

We will ensure teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of our pupils. 

We will ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups; this ensures that the needs of pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. 

We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium to support any pupil or group of pupils we have legitimately identified as being disadvantaged. 

Funds will be allocated following an analysis which will identify priority groups or individuals. 

Not all eligible pupils will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at one time.