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Oakley Vale Primary school

Pupil Premium


Pupil Premium at Oakley Vale

The pupil premium grant is a government initiative that aims to improve the educational outcomes of disadvantaged children, including:

  • pupils who are, or have ever been, entitled to free school meals (FSM)
  • looked after children
  • pupils with parents in the regular armed forces

The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential.

We have high aspirations and ambitions for our children, and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure, and we are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. This is further detailed in the BWT Pupil Premium Policy.

Our Approach

Money has been ring-fenced and used to benefit all pupil premium pupils. We have established clear lines of responsibility with a member of the senior leadership team and a linked governor taking responsibility for Pupil Premium.

The current member of our Senior Management Team responsible for Pupil Premium is Francesca May ( We also have a link governor with responsibility for Pupil Premium who reports back to the governing body.

At Oakley Vale we have planned our spending carefully to ensure that it is spent to maximum effect. This has meant making informed decisions about our spending such as:

  • Ensuring that spending is directly linked to gaps in attainment;
  • Making use of our own data to expand existing interventions;
  • Making sure there is at least good teaching on a day-to-day basis;
  • Making use of research when evaluating interventions and considering the implementation of new interventions.

All staff are aware of areas for development in the school in terms of subjects, year groups, and they know which children are focus children.

Money is used to benefit all pupil premium children and support higher as well as lower ability children by extending provision on offer.

Latest Spending

Since the pupil premium funding was introduced, we have seen a marked improvement in outcomes for our children. We are not sitting on our laurels but continue in our drive for pupils to do even better by tackling any within school variance, developing the roles of middle leaders and looking for ways to increase learning time.

Please find links below outlining our Pupil Premium information. The date of the next review of our Pupil Premium Strategy is July 2023.


Am I eligible?

If you are in receipt of any of the following, your child may be eligible for Pupil Premium and free school meals from year 3 onwards:

  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying


How Do I Apply?

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2:

All children at this age are eligible for free school meals, so you will need to apply separately for the pupil premium for your child's school.

Please be aware that a child must reside with the applicant to receive the pupil premium.

Year 3 and above:

If your child is in year 3 and above, and you want to check eligibility for pupil premium, please use the free school meals form to apply for pupil premium entitlement.

The school the child is attending will automatically get a pupil premium amount if the child is eligible for free school meals.

Please note, it will remain confidential that you have registered, and it will not affect any other benefits that you are claiming.


Additional funding for disadvantaged children is used well. The design of the curriculum and use of targeted intervention ensures that these pupils make good progress.

Oftsed 2017