Pupil, Sports & Catch Up Premium at St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School
What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil premium provides our school with additional funding; this funding allows us as a school to target schools from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they receive the same opportunities and access the same trips and in school activities. From September 2022, the premium is worth £1385 for any child who has been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) in the past 6 years. £2140 per student who is either continuously looked after for at least six months, or has been adopted from care or has left care under a ‘Special Guardianship’ or a ‘Residence Order’. £320 for any child who has a parent(s) currently serving in any branch of the armed forces or currently receives a pension from the Ministry of Defence.
At St Matthew’s we utilise the Pupil Premium Grant to ensure that all pupils have equitable access to our curriculum and to wider opportunities. You can read more about how we spend the grant by clicking on the links below.
How many St Matthew’s pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium?
Currently, 23.3% of our pupil roll is currently eligible for Pupil Premium.
Is there an issue with eligible pupils not applying for FSM?
Yes. Even though a lot of our children may be eligible for Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM) the school will receive extra money from an application for FSM. If you are eligible to any of the following benefits than please contact the school office or contact the Free School Meal department at Northumberland Council on 01670 620444.
The eligible benefits are:
- Income Support (IS)
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- An income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit (without Working Tax Credit)
If you are entitled to any of these benefits please get in touch as we are not notified by the Local Authority automatically.
How is its impact measured?
The impact of our Pupil Premium funding is measured in an annual report, compiled by the Headteacher and approved by our governing body on a yearly basis. It covers what we intended to achieve and if it was achieved as well as what can be improved, please click one of the links below for the current PPG strategy which runs from 2021-2024.