St Bonaventure's Catholic Primary School
Tel 0117 353 2830
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Pupil Premium

What is pupil premium?

The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant, which is additional to main school funding, is seen by the government as the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between disadvantaged children and their peers, by ensuring that specific funding reaches the pupils who need it most.


For the financial year 2016-2017 schools receive:

  • £1,320 per pupil who is registered as being eligible for free school meals or was registered at some point no more than 6 years previously.
  • £1,900 per pupil who:
  1. has been looked after for 1 day or more
  2. has been adopted from care
  3. has left care under a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangements order
  • £300 per pupil with parents in the armed forces

All schools decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.


At St Bonaventure’s Primary School we support all our pupils. We do this by providing high quality classroom teaching supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required. The School Leadership Team and Governing Body monitor the impact of all spending and interventions, including the Pupil Premium. The nature of some of the interventions that we run means that many have benefited additional children who do not receive Pupil Premium funding.


We are very proud of the way in which we support out most vulnerable children both emotionally and academically. We continue to review and refine the ways in which we spend the pupil premium grant in order to support these children.


If your child is found to be eligible for pupil premium, we can offer you a either a reduction in your one off payment, or five free sessions at either After School Club or Breakfast Club, to be taken at any point during the year academic year (although not on days where the clubs are full up).  PLEASE NOTE: This offer is for first time applicants only.  If you child has already been registered for pupil premium with us they will not be eligible for this offer.


How do I find out if my child is eligible?

You can either use the Pupil Premium checker on School Gateway, or look at the list of benefits/criteria below to see if your child has any of these.  If your child is in Reception and Yrs 1 and 2 you can fill out the Pupil Premium Checker Form and return to the school office, and we will check for you. 



If I think my child is eligible what should I do?

You need to apply for free school meals to trigger pupil premium funding (unless your child is adopted, or ever in care, or if you or your partner are in the Armed Forces). Please apply online using the following link: Application for Free School Meals

If this link doesn’t work, just type Bristol Free School Meals Application in your search engine and you will find the website.


What do I do if my child if adopted/was ever in care/comes from a family in the armed services? 

Please inform the school in writing about your circumstances and we will add you to the pupil premium database. We may require some further evidence to verify your situation, but we will notify you about this at the time. Alternatively, call into the office and talk to a member of staff. 


What happens if my child is eligible?

Please get in touch with the school to tell us whether you would like a discount on your one off payment, or if you would rather have five After School Club or five Breakfast Club sessions.


List of benefits related to pupil premium

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999                     

  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit (as long as 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)

  • Universal Credit.

  • If your child is adopted

  • If your child has ever been in care

  • If you or your partner are a member of the Armed forces (this entitles your child to a reduced amount of pupil premium).