At Distington Community School we aspire to empower our children to be successful through academic and wider learning experiences; for all our pupils to make good progress throughout the curriculum, to develop skills in areas linked to their passions and hobbies and to have a good understanding of their own well-being and be aware of strategies and support they can access at times of need. Together we will celebrate success and discuss failures and how we can build on these.
is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or background. It is allocated to school based on the number of children who come from low-income families - this is defined as those who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals.
First introduced in April 2011, the level of the premium now stands at £1385 per pupil. This money is for schools to decide how to spend but should be spent in order to improve educational attainment of children from less privileged backgrounds.
This is one of the Government's key education policies. It is based on findings that show that, as a group, children who are eligible for free school meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.
At Distington Community School we intend to use the pupil premium funding to close the gap between disadvantaged pupils and non-disadvantaged pupils in academic and wider school life.
Funding will be allocated to provide small child: adult ratios (where able); ensure no child is excluded from activities due to a lack of resources, provide extra-curricular activities and experiences for all our pupils and to ensure all our children come to school ready and able to learn.
Free school meals are available to some children according to family income. It’s important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch.
Children are entitled to Free School Meals if their parents, carers or guardians receive any of the following:
Income based job seekers allowance
Income related employment and support allowance
Guarantee pension credit
Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, and an annual income lower than the limit set by the Government
Working Tax Credit Run On because you have ceased work or reduced your working hours to less than 16 per week
To find out if your child qualifies for free school meals, and for any help or advice, you can contact school for a form or Blencathra House, Whitehaven
How we spend the pupil premium
Pupil Premium Report 2019-2020
Due to school closures as a result of COVID-19 this report will be amended with costings at the end of the financial year.