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Pupil Premium Funding

The government’s Pupil Premium funding was introduced in April 2011 to address the inequalities between children they term ‘disadvantaged’ and their peers by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most. To redress the current imbalance, the Pupil Premium funding is allocated to support the learning and development of our disadvantaged children and can be used to target specific interventions and initiatives with the aim of accelerating their current rate of progress. If you feel you meet any of the criteria below, please complete an application or speak to any of the school office staff. The school can gain additional funding for your child regardless of whether they choose to have the free school meals.


  • Children who are currently eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)
  • Children who have at any point during the last 6 years received FSM (known as Ever 6 FSM)
  • Children adopted from local authority care or have since left care
  • Children whose parents currently work in the armed forces or have done so in the last 5 years (Ever 5 In Service Child)


As a school, we are free to decide how to use the funding to meet our disadvantaged pupils’ needs. At Sandcross we often liaise with families to ensure that we are getting the best impact out of the funding for each child.


The school can spend money on additional staffing, new resources, support for specific groups of children, improving the school environment and extra-curricular activities as well as staff professional development. The reports below show how Sandcross School has chosen to spend this money and what impact it has had.