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Whitchurch CE Infant & Nursery Academy

Pupil Premium

Whitchurch C.E. Infant & Nursery School is determined and committed to providing all pupils with the best education possible; assisting all to realise their full ability and take pride in their achievements.


Pupil Premium funding is allocated in order to enable programmes/ initiatives that will close the gap in achievement and attainment between pupils who are receiving funding and those who are not. The funding is divided between whole school interventions that raise the quality of teaching and learning across the whole school and individual specific interventions. All interventions are targeted to raise pupil progress. Some will do this by improving the quality of teaching and thus learning in the classroom. Others will be focused on enriching the life experiences of the pupils, inspiring and motivating them through curriculum and extra curriculum experiences.


The Pupil Premium is a government initiative which provides additional funding to schools in order to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and thus close the gap between them and their peers.


The government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after pupils and service pupils as indicators of deprivation.

Currently a fixed amount of funding is provided for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years, which is £1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6. 


Schools will also receive £2,300 for each pupil who has left local authority care as a result of:

· Adoption

· Special guardianship order

· A child arrangement order

· A residence order

- Recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)

Pupils who have been in local authority care for one day or more also attract £2,300 of Pupil Premium money. Additionally, funding of £300 per pupil is received for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.


The early years pupil premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3-4 year olds. Early years providers are any organisation offering education for children under 5, including nurseries and childminders. Entitlement is checked as part of the Nursery funding entitlement check performed by Shropshire Council. Information is gathered via the Parent declaration form. The EYPP payment is approximately £100 per term per child. 


If you think your child may be entitled to free school meals, please complete the relevant claim form and return it to the school. We will then pass this information on to Shropshire Council who will perform an online check.


This information is, of course, entirely confidential.