Pupil Premium – what is it?

Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the government to schools to support specific groups of children who may be vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include children who are entitled to free school meals; those who are looked after by the Local Authority and children of armed service personnel.

Pupil Premium Policy

School Aims

We aim to ensure that every child leaves Hollydale excited about learning and determined to succeed.  We want to equip them with confidence, resilience and a passion for justice and equality.  These qualities will enable them to thrive and to champion kindness and fairness at all stages of their future lives.

The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium funding will support us in achieving our aims.


We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.

We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups. This specifically includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are addressed.

In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who are eligible for free school meals, (or have been eligible in the last 6 years) are socially disadvantaged.

We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We therefore allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils that the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.

Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following annual needs analysis which will identify priority classes and groups.


We have a range of provision in place to support children who belong to vulnerable groups, including those who are socially disadvantaged.  This provision has the full support of the Governing Body and includes:

  • providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning support
  • additional teaching and learning opportunities provided by teachers, TAs or external agencies
  • additional support for assessments, training and advice from specialists such as speech therapists, educational psychologists etc.
  • access to therapeutic interventions and advice
  • activities that broaden the curriculum

All our work funded by the Pupil Premium will be aimed at accelerating progress so that the vast majority of children leave Hollydale at, or above, the national average. We also aim for every child to make progress that is good or better, so that they leave having made at least 2 levels of progress from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2.

Sign Up for the Government’s Free School Meal Programme

If you are a parent or carer please sign up for free school meals here: https://forms.southwark.gov.uk/ShowForm.asp?fm_fid=1650

Southwark council provides all primary school pupils with a free, healthy meal every day at school. Some families are also eligible to sign up for the government’s Free School Meal Programme. By signing up, the meal your child gets each day won’t change in any way but Hollydale will receive an extra £1,320 from the government. This extra money will make a big difference and could pay for new equipment, teachers or learning activities – all to improve your child’s school experience.