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Pupil and Catch Up Premium

Pupil Premium

Oakdale Junior is a highly inclusive school.  All members of staff and governors are committed to meeting the pastoral, social and academic needs of all pupils in our school, to ensure every child achieves their full potential.  


The Pupil Premium is a grant given to schools to enable them to fully meet the needs of children who are considered 'socially disadvantaged'.  These are pupils  who are:


  • Currently eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible at any point within the last six years

  • children looked after by local authorities, referred to as looked-after children
  • children previously looked after by a local authority or other state care, referred to as previously looked-after children


Pupils falling within the above categories represent 27% of the total pupils on roll. These pupils tend to be at greater risk of underachieving and the Pupil Premium grant is given to schools for schools to ensure these children achieve as well as their peers. Oakdale Junior School is committed to narrowing the gap between vulnerable pupils and their peers, and pupil premium funding forms a vital part of that process. 


In the 2023-2024 financial year, schools will receive £1,455 for each primary aged child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive £2,530 for each looked after child at their school.

Schools have a duty to report how they use Pupil Premium allocation each year. The Pupil premium strategy statement 2023-24 document below give details of how we intend to spend this money.  


How to register?

Parent(s)/Carer(s) who are on one of the qualifying benefits may apply for free school meals under the ‘benefit’ based free school meals criteria. This will then enable your child’s school to access The Pupil Premium Grant. This grant must be spent by the school to help eligible pupils to reach their full potential, both academically and socially. The school decides how best to spend this. If you believe you fall into this category you can complete an online application form here:



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