Pupil Premium & Catch-up Premium

What does the Pupil Premium initiative aim to achieve?

The pupil premium grant is funding provided to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students.

Wilmslow High School will receive an amount of money for each student of compulsory school age who fits the eligibility criteria. There are four categories of eligible student (see below). Each category attracts a different amount of funding.


The grant is allocated in line with the financial year, which begins in April. Each year’s allocations are based on data collected by the DfE through the termly school census system. If an eligible student joins after the relevant school census date, the school will not receive pupil premium funding for him/ her until the following financial year.

Spending the grant

The grant can be spent as the school sees fit, as long as it is used to demonstrably improve the attainment of eligible students. Schools do not need to spend an equal amount on each student, or use the money for interventions that benefit only eligible students.

How is Wilmslow High School working to achieve the aims of the Pupil Premium initiative?

Our aim is to ensure that all our students are engaging fully and successfully in our Whole Curriculum offer.

There we use our Pupil Premium funding to narrow gaps in engagement with the curriculum between students eligible for Pupil Premium funding and non-Pupil Premium students.

Who is eligible for Pupil Premium Funding?

Students who are eligible for Pupil Premium spending meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Students who have been on Free School Meals at any point in the last 6 years
  • Students who have been adopted from care
  • Students who have been looked after children at any point
  • Students who are recorded as being the children of serving members of the Armed Forces

Details of our Pupil Premium spending can be found in the following documents:

Who should I contact if I want to find out more?

Students and families will have an assigned member of staff who they can liaise with.

In addition, Mrs Kath Stephens provides a single point of contact for Pupil Premium related queries:


01625 – 441094

Applying for Free School Meals

Due to the ongoing digitalisation of processes with Cheshire East, the paper Free School Meals & Pupil Premium application forms should no longer be used. All applications for both need to be made online or by phone.

If you think that your may qualify for free school meals or for Pupil Premium, Please apply for FSM or PP Online at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/fsm or by telephone on 0300 123 5012.


Catch-up Premium

The government have provided additional funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. Further details can be found at the link below:



16-19 Tuition Fund

The 16 to 19 tuition fund is one-off funding for the 2020 to 2021 academic year only. It is intended to mitigate the disruption to learning among students aged 16 -19 arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

The students supported by this funding all need to be those who had not achieved grade 5 or above at GCSE in at least one of English or Maths by age 16.

Our analysis of need among our students suggests that the most effective spend of this funding is on the small-group and individual support designed to:

  • Build their resilience to cope with learning in the Covid-climate and perseverance with challenging tasks
  • Enable them to improve the application of their generic English and mathematical skills to the particular demands of the subjects being studied

The funding has therefore contributed towards the cost of:

  • Additional Learning Mentor time within the sixth form (extra 1 fte in total)
  • Additional tutor support for students on lower prior attainment 16-19 Study Programmes (extra 0.4 fte in total)

This team operate throughout each school day in the Sixth Form Supported Learning Zone and in relevant curriculum bases.

Additional staffing within the English and mathematics teams has been supported by other funding streams.

Full details regarding this government fund can be found here – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/16-to-19-funding-16-to-19-tuition-fund