Pupil Premium Grant

What is the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)?

Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.


The funds allocated to a school are based on the number of pupils in the school who are, or have been in the last six years, eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), and is valuable funding to support those in most need. Schools receive a payment for each child who is registered for Free School Meals (FSM).


How can I apply for Pupil Premium for my child?

At Essendon we would urge all parents/carers who may be eligible (including those receiving Universal Free School Meals) to take up their entitlement.


Please visit for further details.


If you require assistance with a free school meals application please call the Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4048 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm Saturday), or speak to the school office and we will be happy to help you.


How is Pupil Premium funding deployed at Essendon?

At Essendon, we believe that no pupil should be deprived of reaching his or her potential both academically and emotionally. You can read in detail about how pupil premium is used at Essendon in our Pupil Premium Strategy. We believe in treating each pupil as an individual. We therefore consider carefully how to spend each pupil's funding in their best interests. Our pupils' needs vary hugely and include: improving enjoyment of or engagement in school; counselling; enriching activities; filling gaps following periods of absence; life-skills courses and many other academic and practical support activities to prepare them for the next stage in their education.


Here's just a few of the things the funding is currently making possible for our pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium grant: 

  • enabling a whole school week of life enhancing opportunities during our Enrichment Week

  • subsidising the school's residential trip to enable all pupils to participate

  • subsidising transport costs for swimming lessons and termly educational and/or enriching class trips

  • providing workshops in school

  • providing School Counselling services

  • providing extracurricular activities including breakfast club and sports or craft clubs both before and after school and during unstructured times of the school day

  • running intervention groups for vulnerable pupils at all levels, including stretching higher attaining pupils and supporting pupils whose progress was not in line with peers

  • funding external support to engage disaffected pupils (making school "fun")

  • running life skills groups

  • running intervention or "catch up" groups for pupils who have missed periods of school.

Pupil Premium Strategy

You can read our current Pupil Premium strategy statement by clicking the link below:

Pupil Premium Strategy 2020-2021 (reviewed Feb 2021)

You can read our spending and impact statement for the previous academic year here:

Pupil Premium Spending and Impact Statement 2019-2020