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What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as pupils from less deprived families. 

Schools receive £955 for every secondary age pupil who claims free school meals or has claimed free school meals in the last six years. £2,345 goes to any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months, or has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order. £310 goes to students with a parent/parents currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.

Eligibility for Pupil Premium

Families who receive certain benefits may be eligible for free school meals. Your child is eligible for free school meals if you’re in receipt of one of the following benefits: 

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • Income Support 
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance 
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance 
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit 
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit) 
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190 

Is my child eligible for Free School Meals?

Click on the link below to begin your application for Free School Meals.


How many students at Rivington and Blackrod High School are eligible for the Pupil Premium?

Approximately 27% of students at Rivington & Blackrod High School are eligible for the Pupil Premium. Numbers on roll currently – 1692. Total number identified as PP is 472 students. 


Pupil Premium Spend

Pupil Premium Grant value for 2020–2021 is £410, 310.00

How is the Pupil Premium Grant used?

The grant is used to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students of all abilities and close this gap. At Rivington and Blackrod High School, we use a tiered approach as set out in the Education and Endowment Foundation (EEF), which targets spending across the following three areas below. 

  • Teaching - Deliver training and professional development for all staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for pupils
  • Academic support - Identify the main issues stopping pupils from succeeding at school and use the pupil premium to fund additional support
  • Wider approaches - Funding used to support; Support attendance and behaviour; Mental health and emotional resilience; Aspirations and confidence

The appendix here outlines Pupil Premium Strategy against the three areas for 2020/21.

Rivington & Blackrod 2019 Activity Survey Data



In Post 16 Placement 



In 6th Form, College, Employment or Apprenticeship 



In NEET/Illness/Refused to Disclose 


Year 7 Catch Up Premium

 The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 students who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).

 All schools have to report on how this money was spent, as well as the impact of the premium to those pupils who are eligible.