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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?  

Introduced in April 2011, pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. It aims to support schools to improve outcomes of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers across the country.

In 2022/23, the Government has allocated pupil premium funding for:

  • Every child currently registered as eligible for free school meals*, or eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years

  • Every child who has been adopted from care or have left care

  • Every child who is looked after by the local authority

*To check if your child is eligible for free school meals, visit and click on “I would like to check for free school meal eligibility”. You will be asked to input your national insurance number and date of birth. If you require further assistance, please speak to a member of staff in the school office who will be happy to help you.

The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) 

Service pupil premium is additional funding for schools, but it is not based on disadvantage. Schools receive funding for every pupil with a parent who:

  • is serving in HM Forces

  • has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence

This funding is to help with pastoral support.

Pupil Premium at Orchard Lea Junior


Our vision is that all children, irrelevant of background, receive high quality, inclusive teaching to enable them to achieve the highest possible standards. Furthermore, we believe that all children should have access to a broad, balanced and enriched curriculum. Therefore, the aims of our strategy plan are as follows:  

  • For all of our pupils to have a happy, safe and memorable childhood. 

  • For pupil premium children to have an attendance that is in line with their peers  

  • To identify and remove any barriers to learning to ensure that pupil premium children achieve at least in line with their peers.  

  • To have access to a wide, broad balanced curriculum including trips, clubs and opportunities to pursue personal interests. 

  • To equip all pupils with the cultural capital, skills and knowledge they may need for the next stage in their education. 


Our Pupil Premium strategy plan aims to address the main barriers our children face through rigorous tracking, careful planning and targeted support and intervention.  

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