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Droxford Junior School

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium statement

The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low income and other disadvantaged families and their peers. It was introduced 2011 by the Department for Education (DfE) and is a specific grant based on school census figures. The grant is calculated by the number of children entitled to Free School Meals (FSM), children who are looked after and those with parents in the armed forces.

The Pupil Premium is in addition to main school funding and is used by the school to improve progress and raise the standard of attainment for those pupils. The DfE have agreed that it is for school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent.

As a school we dedicate a significant proportion of our Pupil Premium allocation directly into ensuring all pupils receive high quality teaching and learning. However, we recognise that some children have significant barriers to learning and that those children may need additional support to overcome them.

Therefore some of our funding may be spent on providing support in those areas. At Droxford Junior School, we are committed to providing a curriculum that ensures that all children including the most disadvantaged are able to reach their full potential.

At our school, eligible pupils may benefit from the following:

  • Emotional Literacy Support (ELSA) which is led by a fully trained ELSA raises self-esteem and promotes positive learning attitudes
  • Financial support for after-school clubs, trips and residentials to ensure all children have access to a broad and motivating curriculum
  • Access to additional educational resources
  • Pupil Premium and Sports Premium funding is used in conjunction with school budget to employ a sports coach to enable sports-based lunchtime activities and high quality sports curriculum in the afternoons for all groups of children
  • Help towards school uniform and PE kit

Schools are required to publish information on how the Pupil Premium allocation is spent and the impact of this expenditure. In addition, they must set out how they plan to spend their funding for the coming year. Further details can be found on our Pupil Premium Funding Analysis and Strategy Document.

How to apply for Pupil Premium Grant / Free School Meals


This criteria for eligibility is where parents/guardians are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers’ 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 you 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 Customs1
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • If you think that your income is low and you receive any of the benefits listed above then click on the link below

Check for eligibility