Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Funding

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium funding was launched by the Government in April 2011 in order to raise the attainment of pupils that may be vulnerable to under achievement, and close the gap between them and their peers.  The funding is now allocated to children who are looked after by the local authority, those who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years and for those children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. 

The money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.

As a school, we decide how the Pupil Premium is allocated and we are accountable for the use of the funds.  We have a responsibility to report on the progress of children receiving Pupil Premium and demonstrate how we are using the grant to have a positive impact. 


At Horton Kirby C of E Primary it is our aim to ensure that all children from disadvantaged backgrounds are able to make the same or better progress than their peers.



  • At Horton Kirby, we organise teaching and learning in order to best meet the needs of all of our children.
  • We arrange appropriate provision for children from vulnerable groups and for those who may be socially disadvantaged, to ensure that their needs are accurately assessed and met.
  • We recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children who are disadvantaged have free school meals. We follow the government’s guidelines to allocate Pupil Premium support to those children who receive, or have received, free school meals, or who are in care.
  • It may be the case that not all children receiving free school meals will receive pupil premium interventions at any one time.


The Government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:

  • the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
  • the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium
  • the reports for parents that schools have to publish online. Our Pupil Premium evaluations for 2018/2019, 2019/2020 and our Pupil Premium Strategy for 2020/2021 are available for download via the links at the bottom of this page.

Is your child entitled to Pupil Premium?

You may apply for free school meals if you are entitled to receive one of the following:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • An Income- related Employment 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, assessed by HM Revenue and Customs, that from 6th April 2009 does not exceed £16,190)
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

If you fulfil any of the above criteria and wish to apply, please complete an online application form by clicking on the link below.


If you require any further information or support with applying for free school meals, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

Pupil Premium 2021/2022 Strategy

Download File

Pupil Premium 2020/2021 Evaluation

Download File

Pupil Premium 2019/2020 Evaluation

Download File

Pupil Premium 2018/2019 Evaluation

Download File