Heather Ridge Infant School

Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.

Who is eligible?

Schools receive additional funding based on those children who are eligible for Free School Meals.  Since the introduction of Universal Infant Free School Meals, where all Infant children are entitled to free school meals, it has resulted in those eligible becoming less identifiable.

However, this means that schools are missing out on vital funding at a time when budgets are decreasing.

If you feel you are eligible for Free School Meals, we encourage you to speak to the office who will be happy to assist you.

Alternatively, download the following document, complete and return to the school office at your earliest convenience.

FSM Application Form


It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium allocated to their school is spent.  Schools will be held accountable for their use of the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the impact this has on educational attainment.  School performance tables now include a ‘Narrowing the Gap’ measure showing how disadvantaged children perform in each school.  Since September 2012, schools have had to publish online details of their pupil premium allocation and their plans to spend it in the current year.

How we spent our Pupil Premium Funding

Below are a series of reports why outlay how we spent our Pupil Premium Funding.  Please click on the relevant year to view the reports:

Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-2021

Pupil Premium Strategy 2021-2022

Pupil Premium Strategy 2022 - 2023