Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

Introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of children from low-income families and some other groups. This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers.

The Pupil Premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their peers.

Find out more about the Pupil Premium.

Is your child eligible?

Schools are given Pupil Premium for:

  • children who have qualified for Free School Meals at any point in the past six years. The school receives £1,345 for each of these pupils.
  • children who have been looked after under Local Authority care for more than one day or have left Local Authority care through adoption, a Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangement Order. The school receives £2,345 for each of these pupils.

Your child may be eligible for Free School Meals, if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
  • Universal credit

If you believe your child may be eligible, please visit the City of York information page here. If your child qualifies for Free School Meals, it’s important we know as, even if they take a packed lunch, as this enables us to claim Pupil Premium.

At Dringhouses we have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that all children have the right to an excellent education underpinned by outstanding quality teaching with high expectations. On that basis we are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. The ‘champion’ for the disadvantaged children at Dringhouses is the headteacher, Ben Sutton. This ensures they have a high profile with a constant focus on provision (in the widest sense) and outcomes (again in the widest sense).

As the disadvantaged children at Dringhouses perform as well as their peers on many fronts, the headteacher is currently on the ‘Social Mobility’ Steering Group for the LA – supporting the development of strategies for ‘narrowing the gap’ across the city.

Within our Pupil Premium Strategy you will find details of how we spend the pupil premium and what impact this is having on pupils’ achievement together with the latest government advice.

Within our Pupil Premium Plan (2023-2024), you can see how we plan to address the barriers to attainment.

Please see the Pupil Premium Plan (2022-23) to see the impact of our pupil premium expenditure over the last academic year.

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