Pupil Premium

At St John Bosco Arts College, we believe that every child, regardless of background or social deprivation, should have equal opportunities for success. As such, we use Pupil Premium funding to overcome any barriers to achievement for our disadvantaged students in the spirit of St John Bosco himself.

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It was allocated to children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months. Eligibility for the Pupil Premium for 2012–13 was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever6 Free School Meals measure). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and a smaller amount for the children of service personnel.

What is the rationale behind it?

According to the Department for Education website:
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

What is St John Bosco Arts College doing?

The provision allows the school to be completely flexible in ensuring that the most suitable and pertinent interventions are put in place to help narrow the gap between FSM pupils and their counterparts. It is our intention to ensure that pupils will be able to benefit from the widest choice of opportunities and support to ensure that they develop academically and personally and that these interventions are individualised to best suit the needs of every eligible pupil.

At St John Bosco Arts College we have introduced and developed a variety of intervention strategies to help support students who have qualified for the Pupil Premium.  Click on the strategy statement below for further information.

Can parents apply for funding?

Decisions on individual funding requests will be decided using various criteria such as: behaviour, attendance, punctuality, progress and a pupil’s individual needs. See documents attached to access funding.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they are accountable for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups. New measures have been included in the performance tables that show the achievement of pupils who attract the Pupil Premium.

What impact has the funding had?

The document below shows the impact of the Pupil Premium funding at the School.

How can I find out more about Pupil Premium at St John Bosco Arts College?

Please contact Mr Johnston for further information about Pupil Premium at the school.

How do I apply for free school meals?

As a Liverpool resident, you are eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income support

  • Income related employment and support allowance

  • Income based job seekers allowance

  • Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Child tax credit only with an income of less than £16,190

  • Pension credit – Guarantee credit.

Click here to find out more details on Free school meals and how to apply

Pupil Premium funding is allocated to schools to provide financial support for students who:

1. were registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.

2. were adopted from care, left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or residence order.

3. children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child.

For more information about how the government allocate funding please click on the link below:

P​upil Premium: Overview

St John Bosco Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2023-2024

Tuition Fund Statement 16-19 Year olds

LCC Benefits and Support

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