Fairway Infant School

Pupil Premium

What is it?

Pupil Premium Funding was introduced in April 2011 and is a grant allocated to schools in addition to main school funding and is intended to help disadvantaged pupils to "close the gap", to raise attainment and improve progress. 


Pupil Premium funding is allocated to 

  • Pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years
  • Children who are in the care of the local authority or who have left care through adoption, or guardianship or residence orders.
  • Children of armed services personnel


Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium in any way they think will support raising the attainment for the most vulnerable pupils. 


With the introduction of Universal Infant Free School Meals in September 2014 all the children at our school are eligible for a hot meal every day under the scheme.  It is still important for us to identify children who would be eligible for Free School Meals because their parents qualify through the benefits they receive.  We encourage all parents to consider whether they might be eligible for FSM and, as a result, would also qualify for Pupil Premium. Please contact the school office if you think you might be eligible or visit the West Sussex County Council website to apply direct to the Council.

WSCC Eligibilty for FSM


Barriers to achievement could include

  1. Low self-esteem
  2. Feeling a lack of inclusion
  3. Lacking in confidence
  4. Fine motor control development
  5. Limited development of Personal & Social skills


 Percentage of Pupil Premium Pupils