Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.
Purpose of Pupil Premium Funding
The Pupil Premium was first introduced in April 2011, and is a specific grant aimed at pupils that are eligible for free school meals (FSM) at time of the school census in October and children that have been in receipt of FSM within the last six years. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces and those that are looked after. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils. Pupil Premium is aimed at children from Reception to Year 11.
At St Joseph’s, Upton, the Pupil Premium is used to support children and provide equality in life chances. In April 2015, the school was allocated £102,920 of funding, to be spent during the 2015-16 financial year.
The leadership team and the Governing Body review the use of Pupil Premium to ensure best value is gained for all of our children.
The Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team will regularly and rigorously monitor, evaluate and review the strategies we have put into place for Pupil Premium and report to the governing body on its progress and impact.
If you believe that your child is entitled to Free School Meals, but you are not currently claiming them then the school will not be given Pupil Premium funding for your child.
Wirral awards free school meals to families that receive the qualifying incomes as follows, and whose children attend a Wirral school: Income support (IS); Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA); Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA(IR); support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190; The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit. If you have recently become unemployed or have reduced your working hours and have been granted the four week working tax credits run on, then you may be entitled to free school meals. Please call 0300 123 5012 for advice.