Hermitage is committed to ensuring all children fulfil their potential and reach for excellence. We accept that there are many factors that can hinder this process for some children and we are determined to work to actively reduce the impact of these.
Our Pupil Premium Grant is used to support key children and families so that we work to narrow any attainment gap.
Eligibility for Pupil Premium
All children who currently qualify for free school meals based on their family circumstances are entitled to Pupil Premium. This applies if you receive any of the following benefits:
Universal credit (provided you have a net income of £7,400 or less)
Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
Income-related employment and support allowance
Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed element of state pension credit
Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
For the year 2023-2024, primary schools are given a pupil premium for:
Children in Reception to Year 6 who are currently entitled to free school meals based on their family income: £1,455 per pupil, per school year
Children in Reception to Year 6 who were previously entitled to benefits-based free school meals, even if they're no longer eligible: £1,455 per pupil, per school year, for six years after they stopped qualifying for free school meals
Children in care: £2,530 per pupil, per school year
Children previously in care who have been adopted, or who have a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order: £2,530 per pupil, per school year
Children recorded as being from service families: £355 per pupil, per school year
Children who are or have been in care, and children who have a parent who is or was in the armed forces, are also entitled to pupil premium.
In addition, pupils who have qualified for free school meals on the above grounds in the past, but are no longer eligible, continue to receive pupil premium for the next six years.
Schools are responsible for recording the children who are eligible for pupil premium in their annual school census - you don't have to do anything yourself, other than making sure you return any paperwork that relates to the benefits you receive or your child's entitlement to free school meals.