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Buxton Junior School

Pupil Premium


Pupil Premium is funding paid by the government via the local authority directly to schools and is generated by the number of children who have been eligible for free school meals during the previous 6 years, children who are Looked After and service children. The Pupil Premium is targeted at improving the provision for those pupils.   



While we realise that not all the pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium actually wish to have free school meals, we would be grateful if you would support the school by letting us know if your child is eligible, so that we can get as much funding to support our pupils as possible.  


There are many benefits for both the pupil – at Buxton Junior School these may include: 

  • Breakfast club for children in receipt of free school meals, 

  • Family Resource Workers to support children and families and impact on attendance, 

  • Pupil Premium Advocates to work together with families to support, 

  • Additional Teacher support through intervention groups, 

  • Additional  Teaching Assistant targeted support for pupils in basic skills - reading, writing and maths (including Early Bird support before school), 

  • Prioritised slots in preteaching and overlearning groups, 

  • Additional TA targeted support to meet the social and emotional needs of pupils and improve attendance e.g. Early Bird, TalkTime and lunchtime sport activities, 

  • Forest School nurture provision, 

  • Subsidising residential visits, educational visits and other educational enrichment opportunities, 

  • Subsidising uniform.  


Please note that when your child was at an Infant School, they were automatically entitled to a free school meal each day as part of the Government Universal Free School Meal initiative. However, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible to register for free school meals during your child’s time at Buxton Junior School, in which case your child’s entitlement to free school meals will continue and the school would benefit from the Pupil Premium grant to support learning.  


We strongly encourage all eligible parents/carers to apply where appropriate. No one will know who has registered and it will not affect any other benefits being claimed. Any children who are entitled to free schools meals, whether they take them up or not, means that our school is given extra funding to help support their needs. 


We realise that information of this nature is very sensitive and we can assure you that all such information will be treated in the strictest confidence. 



Registering a child for school meals is really quick and easy, and will make a big difference to the child and the school. 


To be eligible for Pupil Premium the family must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits: 

  • Income Support 

  • Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance 

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance 

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 

  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit 

  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income, of no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs1 

  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit 

Under the current rules the school would receive Pupil Premium funding for any child or young person who has claimed Free School Meals in the last 6 years. 



You can register for Free School Meals by calling the Free School Meals Department at 01629 536 481 or on line at: 


If you’d like help or more information please contact Mrs Smith in the school office on 01298 22156 who will be happy to help you.