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Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium Strategy

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is government-funded financial support to raise the attainment of students who are disadvantaged. Such students are identified as those who:

  • are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible within the last six years;
  • have been in local authority care for one day or more;
  • have left local authority care because of adoption, a special guardianship order, or a child arrangements order.
  • have been continuously looked after by the local authority for more than six months.

Students with parents in the armed forces are also eligible for a Service Premium.

How can I apply for free school meals?

Free school meals offer students in years 7-13 a £2.60 daily allowance towards the cost of a meal, to be spent at lunchtime. This funding does not carry over to the next day and is automatically uploaded to the child’s lunch account but is not reflected on your parent pay.

Free school meals can be issued to any family in receipt of the following:

  • Universal Credit (annual net income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods) 
  • Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying)

Once an application is made, the outcome will be confirmed instantly and emailed to you with a reference number. North Northamptonshire Council will process the application and notify Bishop Stopford School within 5 working days. Pupil Premium is automatically applied for at the same time.

If you believe you could be eligible for free school meals, you are welcome to apply using the following link: Free school meals and pupil premium | North Northamptonshire Council (


Recovery Premium

The Recovery Premium grant is part of the government’s package of funding to support students whose education has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID 19).

It is a time-limited grant providing additional funding to schools up to the end of the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

The spending should primarily be focused on those students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. This is because it has been proven that this cohort of students were significantly affected by the pandemic. However, schools can use it to support identified students based on an assessment of individual need.

The school-led tutoring grant is to support disadvantaged students in catch-up learning and should focus on providing tuition to students eligible for pupil premium but also includes students with other types of disadvantage or additional needs. This includes special educational needs and disability (SEND) children who have a social worker, previously looked-after children, young carers and other vulnerable students.

Contact information and the Pupil Premium Statement

If you have any further questions about either Free School Meals or Pupil Premium, please do not hesitate to contact the  Pupil Premium Co-ordinator.  

Please find the Pupil Premium statement for 2023-24 attached below.