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Pupil Premium 

What does it mean?

Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding that schools receive under current Government regulations. It is awarded to all pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) or have been registered as eligible in the past six years. The Grant is used to enrich and support our children’s learning journey at DAPS in a variety of ways.


We achieve best value from this income by:-

  • Direct intervention to improve achievement

  • Development work to improve targeted teaching

  • Tailored Resources

For every child registered for Pupil Premium the school gets £1,300 funding.  This additional funding can help us to buy new lesson resources e.g. new text books, IT equipment or other special subject resources.


Our Key Priorities Using Pupil Premium Funding

  • To raise the attainment and progress of Pupil Premium children so that it compares favourably with that of non-Pupil Premium children.

  • To develop a whole school approach to supporting Pupil Premium and other Vulnerable children to ensure that they are able to engage fully with all aspects of school life.


To enable this, we consistently focus on ensuring that all children benefit from outstanding teaching and learning. In addition, targeted intervention and support strategies are deployed in order to:

  • Improve levels of attainment and progress and close attainment gaps.

  • Enhance reading, writing, mathematics and Speech and Language skills.

  • Provide social and emotional support to minimise barriers to learning.

We employ a trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) who delivers targeted support to individuals and small groups.


We may be able to help fund

  • breakfast and after-school clubs,

  • sports activities,

  • music tuition,

  • uniform

  • educational visits including residentials


You do not have to take up Free School Meals but signing up will trigger this additional funding. This will be to the benefit of your child as well as to others in the school. Please be assured this information is treated with total confidentiality.


You can register your son/daughter for Free School Meals if you get any of these 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 Customs.

Please note that the criteria for free school meals is the same, regardless of the method of checking for eligibility, but for online service all you need do is enter:

your name

national insurance or asylum number

your address and

your son/daughter’s details

If you don’t want your son/daughter to have a free school meal, you can still apply as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school will receive the funding.


No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.



Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify apply online at:

Alternatively you can ask for a Free School Meal application form and we can apply on your behalf.


If your son/daughter is eligible to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime – they will get the free meal (saving you more than £350 a year) and the school receives £1300 funding.