Pupil Premium - St Wilfrids Catholic High School and Sixth Form College

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in 2011 and is allocated for pupils on roll that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years.  It is also allocated for children who are or have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day and for children from service families who receive a child pension from the Ministry of Defence. Pupil Premium funding is allocated to support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.

The priority for St Wilfrid’s Pupil Premium Strategy is to help create successful, independent, curious learners who are sensitive to opportunity and the possibilities of life. We aim to remove any barriers to learning for our students and ensure every student has the opportunity to maximise their potential.

At St Wilfrid’s the pupil premium funding is used to:

  • Help close the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils
  • Raise the self-esteem and aspirations of students entitled to Pupil Premium through pastoral support and extra-curricular activities.

Intervention for each student is considered on an individual needs based process.  It is possible that one student may benefit from several interventions.

As a result of the use of the Pupil Premium funding we expect to see:

  • Improved levels of progress and attainment
  • Closing of attainment gaps
  • Improved access to the curriculum
  • Improved access to pastoral support
  • Improved access to extra-curricular activities
  • Improvements in attendance
  • Improvements in behaviour and attitude to learning

Details relating to Pupil Premium Funding:

St Wilfrid’s allocation from the Pupil Premium grant for the academic year 2021 – 2022 is £261,225

The date of the next review of the schools pupil premium strategy is March 2022

St Wilfrid’s Pupil Premium Statement 2021- 2022 and Review of 2020/2021

Pupil Premium Policy STW

Free School Meals

We want to make sure that we are providing your child with the best education and support we can. Healthy school food has obvious health benefits and can help pupils establish healthy habits for life. Healthy school food can also help to improve pupils’ readiness to learn.

Families who receive certain benefits may be eligible for free school meals. Provided your child is attending a state funded school or academy full-time in the Wakefield District, they will qualify for income-related free school meals if you receive:-

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit – as long as you have a yearly household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) and you do not get Working Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

Please be aware that the following benefits do not qualify for Income Related Free School Meals: Contributions based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Contributions based Employment & Support Allowance, Working Tax Credit, Invalidity Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Child Benefit.

Post-16 students

Post-16 students can receive free school meals if they attend a sixth form school or academy within the Wakefield District. This does not however apply to students who attend local Colleges. You should contact the Colleges directly for assistance.

If you are over 18 and still attend school, you can claim for free school meals if you receive Income Support, Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income related Employment Support Allowance.

Pupil Premium

Schools will receive additional funding from the government for each child registered for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money.

How to claim


Completed forms should be returned to Wakefield Council, Children and Young People, Learner Support Service, Free School Meals, Room 42, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QL or email hst@wakefield.gov.uk

You do not need to send evidence of your qualifying benefit(s) with your application form. If Wakefield need evidence at a later date, they will contact you.

How long will it take to process the claim?

Wakefield aim to process applications within 5-10 working days.

Once Wakefield have determined the outcome of the application, they will advise school (normally by phone) and you will be issued with a letter.  We will ensure this information is treated in the strictest confidence and handled sensitively.

Change of circumstances

You no longer have to reapply once you have submitted your application form as Wakefield are able to carry out an audit check from time to time on your eligibility status. However, as soon as your circumstances change, for example, if you start to receive Working Tax Credits or you stop receiving any of the qualifying benefits you must notify them by phone immediately on 01924 305 061. They will then inform us.

If your child receives free school meals whilst they are not entitled, you may be asked to pay for meals provided.

Wakefield are not informed automatically if your circumstances change, so it is your responsibility to notify Free School Meals on 01924 305 061 of any changes.

Backdating your child’s entitlement

Free school meals normally start from the day Wakefield receive your application form (provided you are eligible). Applications are not backdated unless there are exceptional circumstances.