Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the government to schools to support specific groups of children who may be vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include children who are entitled to free school meals (FSM) or have been in the last 6 years (known as Ever 6), those who are looked after by the Local Authority or have been adopted (known as Pupil Premium Plus - this is allocated and overseen by the Virtual Head) and children of armed forces personnel (known as Ever 5).

The Department for Education urges schools and local authorities to encourage parents/carers to register their child(ren) as eligible for FSM so that each school receives thier maximum Pupil Premium entitlements. Schools decide upon the best allocation of their Pupil Premium but will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. 


Funding Year 2019 - 2020

In the 2018 to 2019 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for pupils in reception to Year 6;
  • £935 for pupils in Year 7 to Year 11.

Schools will also receive £2,300 for each pupil who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more or has left local authority care for one of the following:

  • adoption;
  • a special guardianship order;
  • a child arrangement order (previously known as a residence order).

Ever 5 service children receive £300 in Pupil Premium. 


Who is eligible for Free School Meals or Pupil Premium?

You may qualify if you are a parent, guardian or carer and receive one of the following:

  • Income support (IS) 
  • Income Based Jobseeker Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 Child Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HMRC) that does not exceed £16,190 
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit 

Working Tax Credit - if you or a partner are receiving Working Tax Credit, regardless of income, you will not qualify for free school meals.


You can check your eligibility online by clicking the image below.

Alternatively, you can contact Benefits Information:

Email: benefits@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Telephone: 0300 123 7021 - Monday to Friday (8am to 7pm) 

Post: Revenues and Benefits Department, PO BOX 187, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH34 9DB


If your child does not have Free School Meals but may be eligible because of your family's income level, please contact the office (in confidence) to register them. Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean that the school could still claim Pupil Premium Funding that could be used to help your child.

Contact the School

Utkinton Primary School

Quarry Bank, Utkinton,
Tarporley, Cheshire

Headteacher: Miss Lorna Pleavin

Main Contact: Jo Wright (Admin Officer)

Tel: 01829 732322

SEN Contact: Miss Pleavin

SEN Email: admin@utkintonce.cheshire.sch.uk

Chair of Governors: Mr Andy Canham