Pupil Premium

Pupil premium funding is an allocation of funding by the Government to help schools ensure the children who may be vulnerable or disadvantaged are enabled to make appropriate progress in their learning.  The Pupil Premium funding is based on the number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in any of the previous 6 years.  It also includes looked after children and pupils eligible for the Service children funding in the last 4 years.  Schools are required to report on the amount of Pupil Premium allocated and how it is being used.

The DfE, the Local Authority and the school have data to enable us to compile a list of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding.  All pupils’ individual targets are closely monitored by Mrs Clare Elkes, Headteacher,  and reported to the Governing Body.  Termly assessment data is analysed and individual pupil’s progress discussed half termly during Pupil Progress Meetings.  Individual Class teachers and the Senior Leadership Team closely monitor the impact of Pupil Premium funding on the progress and attainment of pupils eligible, as well as tracking all pupils in school.  The Pupil Premium Provision Map is updated  termly and termly analysis is compiled to show the progress of Pupil Premium/Non-Pupil Premium and to measure the gap difference between groups.


Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) provides funding to:

• Raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap with their peers; and

• Support children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.

The pupil premium grant per pupil  is as follows:

Disadvantaged pupils

Pupil Premium per pupil

Pupils in Year Groups R to 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM


Looked After Children (LAC)


Children adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 1 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order


Service children


Pupils in Year Groups R to 11 recorded as Ever 4 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.





At Buntingsdale Primary School we strive to meet the individual needs of all children.

  • We ensure that all teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.
  • Buntingsdale Primary School has an appointed member of the Leadership Team and a link Governor responsible for ensuring Pupil Premium funding is being spent appropriately to meet the needs of individual pupils, this is monitored by the Headteacher and Governing Body.

Free School Meals and Pupil Premium Strategy 2023-24

Service Pupil Premium Statement 2023-24


Free School Meals and Service Pupil Premium Strategy 2022-23 with review of funding



If your child does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please contact the office (in confidence) to register them.  Even if you do not wish them to have meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium Funding that may be used to help your child.

Online application for Free School Meals



Free School Meals (FSM)

Eligibility (DfE 2014)


Reception, year 1 and year 2

From September 2014 all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England should be offered a free school meal (FSM). This includes academies, free schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision as well as maintained schools.


Eligibility criteria for other groups

Existing entitlements to free school meals for disadvantaged pupils in nursery classes and at key stages 2-4 will continue, based on the existing free school meals eligibility criteria for those groups of pupils.

In England, children at key stages 2-4 in state-funded schools are entitled to receive FSM if their parents or carers are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • 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 they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit


The Children and Families Act does not change the current position for children who are registered pupils in the nursery class of a maintained school, or in a maintained nursery school. They will continue to receive a FSM if they meet the existing eligibility criteria and they are in receipt of full-time education or education both before and after the lunch period.


How do you know if your child can access this funding?

From September 2014 all children who are in reception, year 1 or year 2 in a state-funded school will be offered a free healthy lunch. From January all children under five will receive free milk and all children of free school meals (FSM) will be offered free milk.

Those children who are five and over and not in receipt of FSM will be able to buy milk through the schools payment scheme.

Pupil premium funding is given to schools based on the eligibilty for Free School Meals over the last 6 years (excluding the infant free school meal provision). Your child will be eligible for Free School Meals (and additional Pupil Premium funding for the school to support your child) if you or your partner are receiving any of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less, as assessed by Her Revenue and Customs
  • Universal Credit