Meridian Community Primary School & Nursery

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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2021 - 2024 


What is the Pupil Premium?


The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers. If a child has been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been continuously looked after for at least 6 months (LAC) the school receives an amount per head within their budget. This has risen each year to the current amount of £1320 per pupil. A provision is also made for children who have a parent in the armed services. Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following: adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order, a residence order. Meridian Community primary School is committed to ensuring maximum progress for all groups of children and strives to close any gaps.  


Meridian Community Primary School actively promotes equality of opportunity for all staff, governors, pupils and parents, creating a harmonious learning community where all can succeed. The school is committed to developing the “whole child” and focuses on the emotional and psychological welfare of their children in addition to their educational provision. We have a clear, strategic approach to the use of specific Pupil Premium funding and plans are integrated into wider school support and improvement systems. These are monitored and evaluated regularly and in depth data analysis ensures that the correct support and strategies are identified to maximise progress. Strong leadership systems ensure that Pupil Premium funding has the necessary impact. All matters relating to the Pupil Premium are reported back to the Governors via the Curriculum, Staff and Pupil sub-committees, ensuring that the school is held to account for the impact of spending. An inter-threaded matrix approach for the support of PPG pupils is enabling school to develop a strong, comprehensive and sustainable support package which aims to identify and remove any barrier to learning to ensure that disadvantaged children leaving Key Stage Two achieve at least in line with their peers, securing outstanding progress and attainment.


At Meridian...

No child is singled out

No child is aware they're Pupil Premium

No child gets left behind. 


Our approach will be responsive to common challenges and individual needs, rooted in robust diagnostic assessment, not assumptions about the impact of disadvantage.

 To ensure they are effective we will:

  • ensure disadvantaged pupils are challenged in the work that they’re set
  • act early to intervene at the point need is identified
  • adopt a whole school approach in which all staff take responsibility for disadvantaged pupils’ outcomes and raise expectations of what they can achieve

Pupil Premium Review (DfE)

In March 2022 we commissioned an independent review of our provision for Pupil Premium - to read the report please click here

You are entitled to Free School Meals if you are in receipt of the following

  • Income Support,
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance,
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance,
  • Child Tax Credit (only if you do NOT receive Working Tax Credit),
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit,
  • National Asylum Support Service. 


Free School Meals Application Form

alternatively you can email


Please click on the links below for a history of our funding from the last three years. 

Pupil Premium 2020-2021

Pupil Premium 2019-2020

Pupil Premium 2018-2019

Pupil Premium 2017-2018

Pupil Premium 2016-2017