Disadvantaged Pupils

Pupil Premium (PP)
Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of children from low income families. This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates. Schools are given a pupil premium for:

  • Children who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years.
  • Children who are or have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day.
  • Children from service families who receive a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.

Common uses of the Pupil Premium funding at Chenderit School include:

  • Providing Careers support for pupil premium students in Y10 and 11
  • Providing revision guides for all pupil premium students from Y9 – 11
  • Providing financial support to purchase basic equipment for pupil premium students. For example school uniform, PE kit, calculators
  • Providing 20% of the cost towards essential curriculum based trips(FSM students will receive 100% towards to cost of these trips)

Often, all of the children in a class will reap some benefit from how the school spends its pupil premium: for example, if the money is used to fund an additional teaching assistant who works across the whole class, rather than providing one-to-one support. But research shows that the fund does help to narrow gaps between disadvantaged children and their peers, particularly in English and maths.

At Chenderit School we use the Pupil Premium to make strategic interventions that we believe will lead to improved performance amongst students eligible for the pupil premium focussing specifically in these areas:

  • Improved attainment and progress
  • Improved attendance and punctuality
  • Improved behaviour for learning and specifically a reduction in the number of exclusions of disadvantaged pupils
  • Extended access and opportunity to extra-curricular provision
  • Promoting and enabling inclusion in future education

» Click here to download The Disadvantaged Pupil (DP) strategy statement for Chenderit School 2019-2020
» Click here to download DP Review of Academic Year 2018-2019
» Click here to download The Disadvantaged Pupil (DP) strategy statement for Chenderit School 2018-2019
» Click here to download DP Review of Academic Year 2017-2018
» Click here to download The Disadvantaged Pupil (DP) strategy statement for Chenderit School 2017-2018
»  Click here to download  The Disadvantaged Action Plan and Impact Report  2016-17 
»  Click here to download The Disadvantaged Action Plan and Impact Report 2015-16
» Click here to download The Disadvantaged Action Plan and Impact Report 2014-15


Free School Meals (FSM) 
All Free School Meals (FSM) must be approved from Northamptonshire County Council. All FSM approved from another county (eg Oxfordshire) have to re-apply to Northamptonshire to receive the benefit at Chenderit School.

Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more 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

In addition, the following pupils will be protected against losing their free school meals as follows

  • From 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their earnings rise above the new threshold during that time.
  • In addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period.
  • Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary).

The Universal Credit rollout is currently expected to complete in March 2022.

A pupil is only eligible to receive a free school meal when a claim for the meal has been made on their behalf, and their eligibility has been verified by Northamptonshire local authority.

If you believe that you meet the criteria above then you can apply for FSM. Please follow the link below.

https://www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/children-families-education/schools-and-education/Pages/free-school-meals.aspx