Pupil Premium Funding


As a school we believe that all students have an entitlement to achieve and exceed their full potential despite their socio-economic circumstances. As educators, we will provide opportunities without barriers, increase resilience and place inclusivity at the heart of all we do. As leaders, we will ensure that all resources are effectively deployed to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to succeed to the highest standard.

Parents and Carers: Is your child eligible for free school meals?

Applying for a free school meal could bring significant extra funding for the school called ‘Pupil Premium’. This can help fund valuable teaching and learning support for our school (and is still paid to the school even if your entitlement ceases) and all parents and carers eligible are encouraged to register their children even if they do not want to eat the school meals.                                 

You can apply online at https://www.coventry.gov.uk/info/54/benefits/168/free_school_meals/2

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed 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 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

If you do not qualify for most benefits (also known as having ‘no recourse to public funds’), your child may still be eligible for free school meals. Ask their school or local authority whether they’re eligible.

  • Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have a total annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190

Children who receive Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive Free School Meals.

Please note:

If you receive Working Tax Credit only, your child is NOT eligible.

Pupil Premium Eligibility

The following groups are eligible for pupil premium:

  • pupils who are recorded as eligible for free school meals, or have been recorded as eligible in the past 6 years, including eligible children of families who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF)
  • 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

Pupil Premium Funding rates

This table shows how the pupil premium grant is allocated to schools and local authorities in financial year 2023-24, based on per pupil rates.

Pupil eligibility criteria

Amount paid to Caludon Castle
Pupils who are eligible for free school meals or have been any time in the last 6 years


Children in households with NRPF

Children who are looked after by the local authority (LAC)


Children who have been previously looked after by the local authority or other state care


Children of a parent in armed services


COVID-19 Recovery Premium

In 2023-2024, Caludon Castle receives an additional £276 per student to help support pupil premium eligible students following the pandemic.

Caludon Castle Pupil Premium Pledge

We promote our own Caludon Castle Pupil Premium Pledge (in line with all Castle Phoenix Trust schools) which outlines ten commitments we are working on to make our vision statement have practical positive impact on students’ opportunities and achievement.  Our commitment focuses on quality first teaching and learning, targeted intervention and enrichment.

An important part of our pledge includes tackling non-academic barriers to academic success, such as difficulties in attendance, behaviour and social and emotional wellbeing.  

Uniform Costs

In line with government guidance, we strive to make uniform affordable for families. We have a small number of blazers which can be donated to students in need. If parents/carers need support with the cost of uniform, we may be able to direct you to sources of funding or some second hand uniform if you contact us.