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Schools are required to publish a summary of how their Pupil premium money has been spent and what impact it this has made in supporting students. Details of the Pupil Premium Money Spending and Impact for previous and current financial / academic years are outlined below. To the right is general information about Pupil Premium funding eligibility.


What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives for its pupils. It is targeted at students who are entitled to free school meals, have been entitled to free school meals in the previous 6 years, are in Local Authority Care for 1 day or more, were recently adopted from care, or who are the children of service personnel. It aims to ensure that these pupils benefit from the same opportunities as other students. The amount each student receives ranges from £300 for pupils from service families to £1,900 for those who are in Local Authority care. These amounts are an increase on previous years. How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent.


How would I apply for Pupil Premium funding for my child? 

You do not need to apply for Pupil Premium funding. Your child is automatically entitled if they: 

  • Are from a service personnel family
  • Have been eligible for Service Child Premium in the past 4 years
  • Are looked after by the local authority/in foster care for one day or more
  • Were adopted from care since 2005 or were placed on a Special Guardianship or Residence  Order immediately after being looked after
  • Have had free school meals at any point in the past 6 years (Ever 6) 
  • Are eligible for free school meals now.

Please note, pupils can choose not to take the free school meal each day but the funding is allocated against their entitlement. We would urge any parent whose child is eligible for free school meals to apply for it, as this releases the funding that can be used to support their child. The free school meals system is managed with complete discretion. We have a cashless system; therefore students are unaware of who is on free school meals and who is paying. The Local Authority automatically informs us if a child is eligible for free school meals now or has been in the past 6 years, or if they are in local authority care. However, we are not informed about pupils adopted from care, on a Special Guardianship or Residence Order, or those from service personnel families. If you would like to discuss your child’s eligibility for Pupil Premium funding, then please contact the main school office and she will be able to help you. Additionally, if your child is already entitled to the Pupil Premium and you wish to discuss how the money is spent, or have ideas on how this money may benefit your child, please contact Mrs Whitmore. You can ring the school on 01708 724134 or contact her via email: contact@marshallspark.havering.sch.uk


How do I apply for free school meals? 

This website provides details of how to apply: https://www.havering.gov.uk/Pages/Services/Free-School-Meals.aspx . Essentially, you are entitled to free school meals for your child if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits: 

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (but NOT Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income of less than £16,190
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Pupil Premium Spend Reports