Free School Meals/Pupils Premium/Sport Premium

Pupil Premium

Pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. It’s designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers.


In 2023-2024, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,455 for pupils in reception to year 6

Schools will receive £2,530 for any pupil:

  • Identified in the January 2023 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of:
  • Adoption
  • A special guardianship order
  • A child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
  • Who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more
  • Recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)

The leadership team and governing body of Monkston Primary School have decided that Pupil Premium funding should be spent in the following ways:

  • To provide additional emotional and pastoral support so targeted children are in an excellent position to learn
  • To extend the support for children’s learning by deploying staff for targeted children to deliver focused intervention programmes
  • To focus on quality first teaching - to ensure that disadvantaged children receive more targeted support from their class teacher

The governing body tracks the achievement of children who qualify for PP funding. They ensure they have their needs clearly identified and met and their progress is closely monitored throughout school; in particular the gap between their achievement and that of their peers. Pupil premium funding is used at Monkston to enable disadvantaged pupils to make accelerated progress and to build strong foundations for their future.

Full details of interventions and support offered in 2023-2024 year can be found in:

Pupil Premium Strategy 2023 - 2024

Please see Department for Education articles and advice for children and young people.

Is your child eligible for free trips, music tuition and extra support


At Monkston Primary School we used Pupil Premium funding for the following initiatives in 2023-2024:

  • Smaller class sizes in year 6 allowing for PP children to receive targeted support from the class teacher;
  • Interventions across EYFS, KS1 and KS2 to support reading, writing and maths to boost progress and ensure pupils are meeting age related expectations;
  • Year 6 after school tuition groups in English and maths;
  • Enrichment opportunities for all PP children to attend Year 4 and Year 6 residential free of charge;
  • All school trips are fully funded for PP children ensuring they take part in enriching curriculum activities;
  • Music tuition for pupils in Year 3 – 6 is fully funded;
  • 1:1 Play therapy can be provided for pupils with significant emotional / well-being needs; and
  • A designated teacher for Pupil Premium + pupils focused on tracking their academic progress and supporting their well-being throughout their school journey.

Eligibility is based on one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

To complete an application, you will need to provide:

  • Your own name and date of birth
  • Contact details
  • National Insurance Number or National Asylum Seekers Number
  • Child's name and date of birth
  • School your child is attending/will attend.

How do I apply?

To apply for free school meals please visit the website and complete the online application form.

PE and Sport Premium

At Monkston Primary School, we understand the importance of PE and endeavour to provide a balanced curriculum that allows children to develop their physical skills and maintain a healthy active lifestyle from reception to year 6. We hope to not only provide children with the physical skills and knowledge needed to participate in sports, but also to ensure children enjoy lessons and continue to keep active when they leave our school.

As well as leading weekly indoor and outdoor PE lessons, we offer the children additional opportunities to participate in sports in our enriched curriculum, which has been provided through the sports premium funding. This includes having an outside specialist coach coming into school and working with all pupils in Key Stage 2. Children who are selected to represent the school in cross country and athletics are then provided with weekly training sessions with the sports coach.

2022 – 2023

For the year 2022-2023, we also have spent a large amount of our sports premium funding on our new marquee, which has allowed us to continue our indoor PE provision and ensure that children are getting 2 hours of physical exercise a week, as well as being active at break and lunch times.

In addition to our new marquee space, the sports premium funding has also allowed us to replace many old pieces of equipment with new, to ensure that teachers can provide the best PE lessons possible for their class.

For break and lunch times, we have invested in two new football goals, so that children can play football during break and lunchtimes and keep active; we have updated lots of our other lunch time equipment this year, such as new balls, skipping ropes, hoops and balance balls, in the aim to encourage children to keep active during break times.

Please read the information below which gives further details of our PE and sport premium funding and how it was allocated in 2022-2023.

Monkston Sports Premium 2022-2023

For more information on PE and sport premium for primary schools GOV.UK