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Pupil Premium & Catch Up Grant

Pupil Premium 

Introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of children from low-income families and some other groups. This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. The Pupil Premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their peers. For more information about the Pupil Premium, please click here.


Is your child eligible?

Schools are given Pupil Premium for:

  • children who have qualified for Free School Meals at any point in the past six years. The school receives £1,345 for each of these pupils.

  • children who have been looked after under Local Authority care for more than one day or have left Local Authority care through adoption, a Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangement Order. The school receives £2,345 for each of these pupils.

Your child may be eligible for Free School Meals, if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income support

  • 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

  • Universal credit

If you believe your child may be eligible, please visit the City of York information page here. If your child qualifies for Free School Meals, it’s important we know as, even if they take a packed lunch, as this enables us to claim Pupil Premium.



At Dringhouses we have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that all children have the right to an excellent education underpinned by outstanding quality teaching with high expectations. On that basis we are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. The 'champion' for the disadvantaged children at Dringhouses is the headteacher, Ben Sutton. This ensures they have a high profile with a constant focus on provision (in the widest sense) and outcomes (again in the widest sense). As the disadvantaged children at Dringhouses perform as well as their peers on many fronts, the headteacher is currently on the 'Social Mobility' Steering Group for the LA - supporting the development of strategies for 'narrowing the gap' across the city.



The Pupil Premium Strategy is documented below. Here you will find details of how we spend the pupil premium and what impact this is having on pupils' achievement together with the latest government advice.


The school underwent an Ofsted inspection in May 2019; the following points are drawn from the report:

  • Pupils’ attitudes to learning are impressive. They enjoy sharing ideas with each other and act quickly on the advice given to them by their teachers. Consequently, pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), make impressive progress in their subjects.

The school underwent an Ofsted inspection in June 2015; the following points are drawn from the report:

  • Disadvantaged pupils, disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs benefit from effective support which enables them to achieve well across the school. The school makes good use of its pupil premium funding;

  • Disadvantaged pupils presently are making similar progress to others within the school. In 2014, there were too few disadvantaged pupils to compare progress or attainment with national data without identifying the pupils. The school uses pupil premium funding effectively to support disadvantaged pupils, ensuring that there are no gaps between their attainment and that of others in the school.

Catch-Up Premium

In 2020, the government announced a one-off universal £650 million Catch-Up Premium for the 2020-2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds.


“Teachers and families across the country have provided extraordinary support to help children learn at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, for many children, the disruption caused by school closures will have had a negative impact on learning and wellbeing....Every school will have been affected by Covid-19 differently and school leaders are best placed to understand the needs of their school communities. The right way to support pupils will differ between schools and must be informed by the professional judgement of teachers and school leaders. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are likely to have been affected particularly severely by school closures and may need more support to return to school and settle back into school life. While the recommendations in this guide relate to all pupils, it is likely that some forms of support will be particularly beneficial to disadvantaged children. For many pupils, compensating for the negative impact of school closures will require a sustained response. It is highly unlikely that a single approach will be enough. It is also likely to be beneficial to consider how to align chosen approaches with Pupil Premium spending and broader school improvement priorities.” 

Education Endowment Foundation - Covid-19 Support Guide for Schools (p.3). 


Schools have each received  £80 per pupil in additional funding for children in Reception to Year 11 inclusive. This funding is to be used for specific activities to catch up for lost teaching and schools have the freedom to use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances.


To find out how Dringhouses have planned to spend this additional funding, please take a look at the following document which will be reviewed in Summer 2021 to evaluate the impact of the chosen strategies.