The school cannot apply for the extra funding, only the parent or guardian of the child can.
The Pupil Premium Grant explained
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they may also be entitled to a
sum of money paid to their school to boost their learning.
Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.
The pupil premium grant is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
Is your child eligible for extra funding?
Schools are given a pupil premium for:
Do you qualify for the additional funding for your child?
Your child may be eligible for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits: