Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. 


The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School Meals. The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’. Schools will be accountable for narrowing the gap, and there is a planned reform to the school performance tables to include new measures that show the attainment of pupils who receive the pupil premium compared with their peers.



At Wimborne First School we aim to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.

We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.

In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.

We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.



It is the responsibility of the Head Teacher or a delegated member of staff to produce regular reports for the governor’s curriculum committee on:


The progress made towards narrowing the gap by year group for socially disadvantaged children.

Plus an outline of the provision in place since the last meeting.

An evaluation of the cost effectiveness in terms of the progress made by pupils receiving a particular provision when compared to other forms of support.

It will be the responsibility of the chairperson of the curriculum committee to make this information known to the full governing body.

The governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the pupil premium funding has been used to address the issue of narrowing the gap for socially disadvantaged pupils. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department of Education.

The school is committed to meeting the needs of all pupils, whether or not they are eligible for the Pupil Premium.



Wimborne First School has considered how to use the Pupil Premium funding they receive to support eligible children.  If your child is eligible for a funding grant called Pupil Premium, then you could receive support as follows:


Free School Sweatshirt

Free School Bookbag

Free School PE bag


If you are entitled, and have already purchased these items, the school can give a refund. This offer cannot be repeated more than once a year.


Am I eligible?


To be eligible you must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual taxable income that does not exceed £16,190
  • Income-Based Job Seekers' Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999


How do I claim my Free School Uniform?


As soon as confirmation has been received from Dorset County Council  that you are entitled to Pupil Premium funding, the school office will contact you

The school office will provide you with the school book bag and P.E. bag and arrange a free sweatshirt for you.   


You may also be entitled to Pupil Premium funding if any of the following applies to you:


  • You are the parent of a child adopted from care
  • You are in receipt of a Special Guardianship or Residence Order
  • You are, or have been, entitled to the Service Child premium in the last 4 years
  • You have been eligible for Free School Meals within the last 6 years


Applying for Free School Meals/Pupil Premium Funding




If you feel you could be eligible for free school meals, it is very simple to apply and takes moments to do.


Please click on the following link to be taken to the Dorset County Council free school meals site.


You will be told immediately if you are eligible and the next steps in the process.


Dorset County Council - Free School Meals


If you are unable to access the website, please contact the school office who can check eligibility online for you.