Pupil Premium

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

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. Source – DfE website

At Whitecross Hereford we have high aspirations and ambitions for our students and believe that no student should be left behind. We believe it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure. We value growth mind-sets and the belief that hard work can allow everyone to develop, improve and make progress. We are determined to ensure that our students are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding, along with allocations made from the schools own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.

Pupil Premium Spending

Using research, such as the Sutton Trust Toolkit, we can determine the strategies that will be most effective. Pupil premium money provides a range of additional support for students and these interventions, along with quality first teaching have a positive impact on student’s attainment and self-belief. Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. We aim is to ensure that all students make good or better progress as they move through the school.

Information for parents and guardians

In place of the current requirements regarding information about pupil premium expenditure, schools are now required to publish their ‘Pupil Premium Statement.’

For further information regarding pupil premium for children of service families, please follow this link: Service Pupil Premium 22-23 .

How we measure the impact of Pupil Premium

Data is collected on students’ progress at four points throughout the academic year. This data is analysed to identify the progress of whole cohorts, classes, key groups of students and individuals. Review meetings use this data to identify gaps between the performance of pupil premium and non-pupil premium students and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.

At each point, we review the impact of actions taken and will plan for how the progress of students who are under performing can be accelerated, and whether funding is required to support this. When selecting students for Pupil Premium support, we look at all students across the school. There are some students who are not eligible for pupil premium who will benefit from this support if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets. Annual reviews will evaluate the impact of pupil premium spend across the school and decisions on future spending will be made upon the impact of this spend.

The designated staff member for Pupil Premium is Mrs G Kendall.

Whitecross Pupil Premium

Financial Year 2022-23

In this financial year schools will receive £985 for students in Years 7 to 11 for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.

Schools also receive £2,410 for each student who left local authority care because of one of the following: adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangement order or a residence order. If a student was registered as eligible for free school meals and left local authority care for any of the reasons above, they attract the £2,410 rate.

Children who were in local authority care for one day or more also attracted £2,345 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these students does not go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked-after children.

Eligibility for Free School Meals

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • 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 guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they will remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they are in on 31 March 2022.

Free school meals will only be awarded on receipt of a completed, approved application form and will commence from that date. Applications cannot be backdated. Parents need to complete one application form for all children, even if they attend different schools within Herefordshire Council’s jurisdiction. Applications can only be made for children attending a school within the Herefordshire local authority. If your child attends a school in a different authority, your application for Free School Meals should be made to that authority, even if you reside within Herefordshire.

Application Form

To apply on line please click here.

Alternatively you can print a Free School Meals Application Form and send it to:

    • Revenues and Benefits Services, Herefordshire Council, Plough Lane, Hereford. HR4 0LE
    • Your Child’s School
    • One of the Herefordshire Council Customer Services Information Offices located at:

Franklin House, Hereford; Cruxwell Street, Bromyard; Ross Library, Ross on Wye; 64 Bridge Street, Kington; St Katherines, Ledbury or 8 Buttercross, Leominster.

Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents and guardians to get even more support for their children in schools. If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you do not want your child to eat school meals, please call into the office to collect a claim form. Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school.

Free School Meals

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Statement 2022