What is pupil premium?

The pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.

This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well than their peers.The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their class mates.


In 2023 -2024 Grove has received ££384,120  for the 271 pupils eligible for pupil premium.

How is it spent?

Grove's Pupil Premium Strategy Statement below outlines how school will spend the money to benefit the children who are eligible. A large proportion of Grove's money is spent on additional members of staff to reduce class sizes and to provide targetted intervention for pupils who are falling behind or need extra help. Some of the money is also used to subsidise the cost of educational visits and residential visits so that all of our children can access the range of exciting visits and experiences on offer at Grove.

How to claim a free school meal

Your child may be eligible for free school meals, and accordingly pupil premium, if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income based jobseeker's allowance
  • Income related employment and support allowance
  • Support under Part iv of the Immigartion and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit,provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have a gross annual income of £16,190 or less
  • Universal credit

Click here for more details from the DFE 

From September 2014, all children in Reception and years 1 and 2 qualify for a free school meal under the Universal Infant Free School Meals Scheme.

Even if your child is having a free meal under this scheme, or is bringing sandwiches, it is important that you tell us if your child qualifies for a free school meal as this allows school to claim pupil premium.

If you have any questions regarding your child's eligibility for a free school meal, contact Mrs O'Mahoney who will be able to help you.

Please click here to view Grove School's Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2023 - 2024.


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