Macaulay Church of England Primary School

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Pupil Premium



Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.

What is Pupil Premium Funding?         

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.


What is meant by disadvantaged pupils?

This term applies to:

  • pupils who are eligible for free school meals because their parents receive certain state benefits (see below). This does not apply to all children in Reception and Key Stage 1 who now receive free school meals under the universal infant free school meals scheme, which came into force in September 2014;
  • pupils known to have been eligible for free school meals on any school census in the past six years (Ever 6 FSM);
  • ‘looked-after’ children.  A child is ‘looked after’ if he or she has been provided with accommodation by a local authority for a continuous period of more than 24 hours, in the circumstances set out in sections 20 and 21 of the Children Act 1989, or is placed in the care of a local authority by virtue of an order made under part IV of the Act;
  • children who were adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or left care under a special guardianship order or a residence order.



How do you know if your child is entitled to free school meals?

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit


Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (i.e. they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.


You can use the following link, to check if your child is entitled to free school meals. Alternatively, the school can check for you. Please speak to the school office for further details. Please make sure you can show documentary proof of any support you get, and proof of your address, showing the post code where you live.