Athelstan Community Primary School

To Be The Best That We Can Be

Pupil Premium



Do you receive any of the following?

-Income support

-Employment Support Allowance (income Related)

-Income based Job Seekers Allowance

-Guaranteed Pension Credit

-Child Tax Credit and your income (as calculated by the Inland Revenue) is less than


-Universal Credit

-Receiving support under Part Vl of the Immigration and Asylum Act of 1999

-In the Armed Forces


If you can answer yes to any of the above you may qualify for free school meals/Pupil Premium.

The school office will help with your application.

If your application is successful not only will your

child receive free school meals, but our school will receive an additional £1,345 additional funding (per child). This is called Pupil Premium.

All applications are confidential.

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil premium is additional funding provided to schools for supporting more disadvantaged pupils to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children. There are three categories of children that qualify for pupil premium:

  • Children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM)
  • Looked after children
  • Armed forces children

Pupil premium funding has been used to provide the respective children with appropriate support to make the expected progress in their learning.

The additional support includes one or more of the following:

  • Working with the teaching assistant/teacher in class.
  • Receiving extra support and intervention by a teacher and or teaching assistant out of and within core lessons.
  • Participation in other intervention programmes identified and organised by the SENDCo and Inclusion Lead eg spelling or reading programmes.

The respective children’s progress and attainment is tracked and monitored carefully to ensure they achieve their full potential.


In addition to all of the above at Athelstan we also subsidise the following:

  • After school Clubs – Children are encouraged to attend extra-curricular activities to enrich and develop their interests.
  • Visits – school visits provide a valuable cultural and learning experience for our children. For this reason, we actively encourage all of our children to participate.
  • School Uniform- a yearly voucher is provided to assist with uniform costs.


At Athelstan Community Primary School, we are committed to ensuring that our Pupil Premium children achieve the best possible outcomes.

We have high aspirations for all the children in our school community and believe that all children should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential and “Be the best that they can be “. We seek, as a school community, to provide personalised learning opportunities and targeted support to allow every child to flourish. We recognise that not all pupils, who are academically or socially disadvantaged are registered for free school meals, we therefore reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil, or group of pupils, identified by the school as being at a significant disadvantage. In order to meet the above requirements, the Governing Body of Athelstan Community Primary School will ensure that provision is made to secure the teaching and learning opportunities and meet the needs of all pupils.


Areas identified to support our Pupil Premium children for the academic year 2022-2023


  1. At Athelstan we will continue to promote and implement early intervention programmes to support children with additional needs and to combat poor speech, language and Communication skills.
  2. For those pupils who present with social, emotional and mental health needs we will continue to provide pastoral care using the THRIVE approach and accessing additional support for pupils and families from the NHS Well-being in Mind Team. Staff will be deployed effectively to ensure that there are no barriers to learning of pupils across school, particularly in phonics, spelling and reading.  
  3. We will continue to narrow the gap for our most disadvantaged pupils who are currently not on track to achieve ARE at the end of KS2 via targeted support in class and the use of the Pupil Premium Recovery Fund which will provide additional tuition for targeted pupils.  
  4. We will continue to ensure that disadvantaged families receive access to after school clubs, holiday clubs, visits and enrichment activities.

The Pupil Premium Strategy for the academic year 2022-2023 will be published in the Spring 2023 term.

See below for the latest Pupil Premium reports 







Service Families

Within our school community we have several service families. There are many issues faced by service pupils and here at Athelstan we are able to support with:

  • Separation anxiety
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs
  • Gaps in learning (this may be due to frequent moves)
  • Pastoral issues

Please see the link below to an amazing charity which offers support and resources to children whose parents are currently serving in the Armed Forces.

Little Troopers


Feast Free activities for children over the Easter holidays