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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Funding

Meeting the educational needs of potentially disadvantaged children

The aim of the Government Pupil Premium is to raise achievement amongst pupils in the following categories who receive or are entitled to Free School Meals, children in care (Looked After Children) and children with parents in the Armed Forces.

The funding is used to enable an education which will increase life choices for children who fall into one of the three categories above, enabling them to have more choices in further education and later careers. Children will be supported to attain and progress well, diminishing the difference between high and low income families.

The funding for the Pupil Premium Grant is informed by data collected in the School Census.

For the financial year 2022-23, the same criteria currently used to assess FSM (Free School Meal) eligibility (i.e. receipt of qualifying benefits) will continue to be used to assess whether a pupil qualifies for the pupil premium (£1345 per child at present). Data on FSM-eligible pupils will continue to be collected by the department annually, through the School Census (for mainstream settings) and the Alternative Provision census (for non-mainstream settings).

Department for Education Information

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility is judged against the benefits that the applying parent/carer is entitled to.

You are entitled to Free School Meals if you are in receipt of:

  • Universal Credit - with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance (IBJSA)
  • An income–related employment and support allowance (ESA)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of the State Pension Credit

If you are entitled to Child Tax Credit and also Working Tax Credit, you will be eligible for Free School Meals:

  • During the four-week period immediately after your employment ceases


  • After you start to work less than 16 hours per week


How to apply

Please use the link below to download the FSM Application form or speak to the office staff.

For further information from Buckinghamshire Council please visit their website.


Additional Pupil Premium Support at Beechview Academy  

We have a range of additional strategies and programmes available to support all our children for those identified as being in receipt of the “pupil premium”.

If you are not sure if you qualify, please get in touch with the school office who may be able to help.

Miss Katie Evans is the Pupil Premium Lead at Beechview Academy.

Support for clubs, trips and uniform is available so please contact the school office if you would like to access this.