The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as pupils from less deprived families. Currently, for children who qualify who are aged below 5 years they receive a lower amount of £300 per annum. The premium for children aged 5 upwards is worth £1345 and goes to students who are currently on Free School Meals (FSM) or has been registered for (FSM) in the past six years. It also goes to students in care or who have been looked after by local authorities for more than six months. Also, school will receive £300 for every pupil with a parent who: is serving in HM Forces or has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence
Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10 GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow students.