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Pupil Premium

Mrs J Dormer

Deputy Headteacher

At Cranfield Academy we are proud to use the income from Pupil Premium to endeavour to ensure any child who meets the criteria for the funding allocated to the school is given targeted and strategic support to learn as effectively as possible. Pupil Premium at Cranfield Church of England Academy is led by Mrs Jo Dormer. Mrs Dormer ensures the very best spending of the Pupil Premium fund, in order to best champion the life opportunities of those entitled to the fund. Mrs Dormer is happy to support any parent, colleague or other agency with any questions they may have regarding Pupil Premium at Cranfield Church of England Academy. 

The principles below guide all actions towards Pupil Premium at the Academy:

In addition to the principles above, we also use 'John Dunford's 12 ways to get the most out of Pupil Premium funding' to guide and improve our use of the Pupil Premium funds received. Finally, we are guided by our Policy, which can be seen below. 

Pupil Premium Strategy for 2023 to 2024

  • The 2023 to 2024 Pupil Premium Strategy along with the 2022 to 2023 review can be viewed by clicking here.

What are the qualifying benefits to apply for Pupil Premium funding?

The qualifying benefits to receive Pupil Premium are:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit 
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and your annual gross income does not exceed £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit (during the initial roll-out of this benefit) 
  • they are currently being looked after by a local authority in England or Wales
  • they have left care in England or Wales through an adoption, a special guardianship order or a child arrangement order.

What are the qualifying benefits to apply for Free-School Meal funding?

The qualifying benefits to receive free school meals for children in Year 3 and over are:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and you have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

Every child in Early Years Foundation Stage, Year One and Year Two will receive a free school meal. You will not have to receive a qualifying benefit for your child in any of these year groups to get a free school meal, but if you are getting a qualifying benefit, please do tell us as we will receive extra funding from the Government to support your child's education.

If you think you meet the free school meals eligibility criteria, please call the Central Bedfordshire Pupil Premium and Free School Meals hotline on 0300 300 8306. When you call to apply, please have the following information ready:

  • National Insurance numbers and dates of birth for you and your partner
  • Dates of birth for your children
  • If you receive support from the National Asylum Support Service, your NASS number

Following the discussion, if eligibility is confirmed, please inform the Office Team immediately. 

What are the qualifying benefits to apply for Service Pupil Premium funding?

The Department for Education (DfE) introduced the Service pupil premium (SPP) in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant.

State schools, academies and free schools in England, which have children of service families in school years reception to year 11, can receive the SPP funding. It is designed to assist the school in providing the additional support that these children may need and is currently worth £310 per service child who meets the eligibility criteria.

Pupils attract SPP if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces (including pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time reserve service)
  • they have been registered as a ‘service child’ on a school census since 2016, see note on the DfE’s ever 6 service child measure
  • one of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme

Children have to be flagged as service children ahead of the autumn school census deadline. Service parents need to make the school aware of their status by talking to the head teacher or school admin staff.