Pupil Premium – General Introduction

What is the Pupil Premium?


The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools that is in addition to the school’s main funding.  After national research in 2010, it was shown quite clearly that the number of disadvantaged students leaving full- time education at age 16 with 5 or more good GCSEs (grades A* - C) was significantly lower than those from more advantaged backgrounds.

Therefore, the main aim of the Pupil Premium is to enable such students to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by their school so that they leave school having achieved broadly in line with their peers.  At Townley, our aim is to ensure that all of our students achieve the very best that they can, irrespective of their background or situation.

Which Students Qualifiy for the Pupil Premium?


Since its introduction in 2011, the Pupil Premium scheme has been extended each academic year to include a wider range of students. Students eligible for funding are:

EVER 6 FSM:  The Pupil Premium for 2015 to 2016 will include students recorded in the January 2015 School Census who are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) in any of the previous six years (ie since Summer 2009), as well as those first known to be eligible at January 2015

CHILDREN ADOPTED FROM CARE OR WHO HAVE LEFT CARE:  The Pupil Premium for 2015 to 2016 will include students recorded in the January 2015 School Census and Alternative Provision Census who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order).  These are collectively referred to as post-CLA in these conditions of grant.

EVER 5 SERVICE CHILD:  For the purposes of these grant conditions, Ever 5 Service child means a student recorded in the January 2015 School Census who was eligible for the Service child premium in any of the previous four years (ie since the January 2011 School Census) as well as those recorded as a Service child for the first time on the January 2015 School Census.

Funding for the current Academic Year (2018/2019)


Funding for the current Academic Year (2018/2019)

Pupil Premium   per student

Disadvantaged Students:


Students in Year groups Reception to Year 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM



Students in Years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM



Looked-After Children (CLA) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one   who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local   authority



Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in   England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child   arrangements order or a residence order




Service Children



Students in Year groups Reception to Year 11 recorded as Ever 5   Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence




If a student has been registered as eligible   for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the   reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate


Children who have been in local-authority care   for one day or more also attract £1,900 of Pupil Premium funding. Funding for   these students doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local   authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing Pupil Premium funding for   Looked-After Children


Please use links below to access further information with reference to Pupil Premium.


Pupil Premium Policy

Please click the link here for Pupil Premium information in our Student Services Section  

Select the links below to view the current Pupil Premium Policy and Pupil Premium Planned Allocation for this academic year 2017-18.



School Meals

Free School Meals


The Free School Meals checking service, is a fast and convenient way to check your Free School Meal eligibility by entering some personal details including your National Insurance Number or National Asylum number. 

This safe, fast on-line service removes the need for paper forms to be completed and posted to Bexley Council and will give you an instant decision.  We will be notified straight away if your child is eligible.

If your child is already in receipt of Free School Meals, you should already have received a letter/email from us regarding the new system.  To ensure your child continues to receive Free School Meals, you will need to re-apply with us with the details we requested or you can complete the application online.


To apply for Free School Meals using the checking service please click on the image below.



FSM Checker Logo


To view eligibility criteria for Free School Meals, please click on the image below. 

Free School Meals Q

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