At Highfield Middle School we strive to ensure that all children in our care can be successful, regardless of age, background or beliefs.

Pupil Premium is additional funding which was introduced in 2011 by the government to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and diminish differences in outcomes between them and their peers.

Statistically, pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds do not achieve as well at school as other pupils. Their attendance is lower and ultimately, they leave with fewer qualifications. We receive funding for children who are looked after, or have been in the past, those who are/have been eligible for free school meals and ‘Service Children’ who have parents serving in the armed forces.

We are committed to using this funding to support these pupils, impact positively on their success in education and ensure that they have the same life chances as their peers.

Is Your Child Eligible for Pupil Premium? 

All children who currently qualify for free school meals on their family circumstances are entitled to pupil premium. This applies if you receive any of the following benefits:

Universal credit (income dependent)

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
  • Children who are or have been in care, and children who have a parent who is or was in the armed forces, are also entitled to pupil premium.

In addition, pupils who have qualified for free school meals on the above grounds in the past, but are no longer eligible, continue to receive pupil premium for the next six years. Schools are responsible for recording the children who are eligible for pupil premium in their annual school census.