Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding given by the Government to publicly fund schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and diminish the difference between them and their peers.

Those in receipt of the pupil premium will be in receipt of one of these categories:

  • The pupil is eligible for Free School Meals.

  • The pupil has been eligible for Free School Meals at some point in the last six years.

  • The pupil is a child of parent(s) in the Armed Forces.

At St. Margaret Clitherow Academy the targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium will support us in achieving our vision that every pupil can achieve their full potential, irrespective of background or starting point. We are committed to developing the whole child by supporting them to progress academically, emotionally and spiritually.

Eligibility for Free School Meals:       

A parent may wish to check their child's eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from Key Stage 2). To do this please feel free to contact the school office, who will be able to help you with this process.


Eligibility Criteria

Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive 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

  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190

  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit


If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't 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.