Pupil Premium & Catch Up Premium

At Southwark Primary School, we believe that all children are entitled to an education which allows every child to achieve their potential regardless of their starting point in life or personal circumstances. The government believes this additional funding is the best way to tackle those inequalities and enable children to achieve the very best outcomes.

Which pupils are entitled to Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is provided to all schools to support pupils within the following categories:

  • Pupils who are currently registered for Free School Meals.
  • Pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point during the last six years;
  • Pupils in the care of a Local Authority;
  • Pupils who have been adopted but have been looked after for one day or more, or were adopted from care on or after 30th December 2005 and left care under:
  • A Special Guardianship Order on or after 30th December 2005
  • A Residence Order on or after 14th October 1991
  • Pupils whose parents are serving with the UK Armed Forces


How do we encourage parents to register their child’s eligibility?

We send a letter home to all parents/carers each year, explaining which children are eligible and how to register. Registering is quick and easy – just click the link below to find out how to register:


If you need any help, please speak to a member of the school office who will be happy to help you. 


What is Pupil Premium spent on?

The decision about how the individual schools use their Pupil Premium is left to each school with the expectation that they will close the gap in attainment and progress between those eligible and other children nationally. “It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (DfE). Therefore, schools are free to spend the PPG as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support these pupils. Measures are included in the performance tables which capture the achievement of those disadvantaged pupils covered by the grant.

Southwark Primary has a significant number of pupils who experience disadvantage in social or economic terms. We use funding in a range of ways to support all pupils including those who qualify for Pupil Premium. Each year we put together a comprehensive plan of interventions that we feel will best allow our pupils to meet their full potential. At the end of the academic year we then analyse the impact of the interventions and strategies used to ensure they provide best value, ensuring progress has been made. The school’s results show that we are very successful in meeting their needs.


What is the Catch Up Premium?

The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time. Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.


Please click below for Southwark Primary School's Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2022 - 2023

Southwark Primary School Pupil Premium Strategy 2022 - 2023