The Priory CofE Primary School


Pupil Premium is an opportunity for your child to be given extra support in school, in addition to what they already get. Pupil Premium allows us to continue to meet the individual needs of each child on a personal basis, looking at how we can help them shine and reach their potential.

Is your child eligible for Pupil Premium? Please click the links below to find out more and apply.

Merton Council Guidance 

Purpose of Pupil Premium

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.  Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel and children adopted from care, or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order / Residence Order.  (Eligibility dates apply.) The Department would welcome your help in raising awareness of the need for parents to self-declare to the school that their child is eligible for the Pupil Premium.

In order for school to claim the Pupil Premium parents will need to inform the school about the child and provide supporting evidence, for example, show the school the original Adoption (Court) Order, or enrolling FSM. 


The Government believes that headteachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium.  The school is held accountable through:

  • the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers

  • the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular, those who attract the Pupil Premium

  • transparency for parents as published online


In most cases, the Pupil Premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.  Local authorities are responsible for looked after children and adopted children and make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll. 

What does this mean for The Priory Church of England Primary School?

At The Priory School, we support all of our pupils. We do this by providing high-quality teaching, supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required. The School Leadership Team and the Governing Body monitor the impact of all spending and interventions, including the Pupil Premium.  We track every pupil, looking at their attainment and progress and how we can support them with their learning and overall well being. Our goal is that every pupil leaves The Priory feeling happy, loved, confident, positive and prepared for their next stage in life. We want them to have 'a love for learning' and have the skills and knowledge to relish that challenge throughout their lifetime.

We also provide music tuition, club places and support with covering residential trip costs. 

Click here if you are concerned about a child