From 2011 schools were allocated additional funds known as ‘Pupil Premium’ to provide additional support or resources for children from low-income families who were eligible for free school meals or who had been looked after continuously for more than six months.

From April 2012 the Pupil Premium was extended to include children who had been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently or have served in the Armed Forces, children who are looked after or children who have been adopted or been in the care system.

For further information please click here to access the Government guidance.

At the beginning of each financial year a Pupil Premium spend plan is created detailing how the school intends to spend the premium during the financial year ahead. At the close of each financial year, an evaluation of the success of the plan is made is created. To see spend statements for previous financial years and the spend plan for the current financial please follow the links below:


Pupil Premium and Recovery Catch Up Funding Strategy Statement 2021-24 – Pupil Premium

Original – 2021/2022

Update 2022/23

Pupil Premium Spend Plan & Review 2020/2021

Pupil Premium Spend Plan & Review 2019-20


To find out more information about eligibility for ‘free school meals’ or the application process please visit:

This link will take you to South Tyneside Free Meals Website:

Click here to obtain a copy of the Free School Meals Form