Children are at the heart of everything we do and Christ is the light that guides us. John 8:12
Life in Lostock Gralam
For many families life is challenging living in Lostock, they can feel isolated from the rest of Northwich so transport to services and basic amenities can be challenging. As a school we provide food share (from the local supermarket) three times a week, offer food bank, have links with the local food hub often getting a bread delivery to school, we provide clothing, shoes and anything a family may need. We have links with a local dentist who will see our children at short notice and regularly accompany families to medical appointments. We provide breakfast, subsidise trips organised debt management, collect medication, liaise with the police. Whatever our families need we are there for them.
Pupil Premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as 'Ever 6 FSM').
The Government believes that Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school means (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it the most. The Department for Education urges schools and local authorities ot encourage parents to register their child as eligible for FSM so that each school receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
In the 2023 - 2024 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,455 for pupils in Reception to Year 6
Schools will also receive £2,530 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
Eligibility for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium
You may qualify if you are a parent, guardian or carer and receive one 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)
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household earnings must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Please note: any child who becomes eligible for FSM between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2023 will remain entitled to a FSM regardless of any change in parental income until they finish the phase of education they are in (primary or secondary) as of 31 March 2023.
YOU CAN CHECK IF YOU CAN CHECK IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE ONLINE HERE OR GET IN TOUCH WITH BENEFITS INFORMATION:
If your child does not have Free School Meals but may be eligible because of your family's income level, please contact the office (in confidence) to register them or come and see Mrs Downing, Mrs Powell or our Family Support Worker, Emily.
Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium Funding that may be used to help your child.
Use of Pupil Premium at Lostock Gralam Church of England Primary School
Through our vision and values at Lostock, we believe we can maximise the impact of our pupil premium spending to 'close' and 'eradicate' the gap for our 'Ever 6 FSM' children.
At Lostock Gralam Church of England Primary School:
- Christian values and compassion are cherished and are the heartbeat of our actions
- Every aspect of-school life is centred around how to make a positive impact on every child
- Children are nurtured to help them feel safe and happy
- Everyone in our school is valued and respected
- We intend for every child to be able to grow, reach their full potential and develop a lifelong love of learning
- Everyone’s efforts and achievements are celebrated
- We help each other to make healthy lifestyle choices
- Everyone is encouraged to make a positive contribution to their future in a diverse world
In the academic year 2023-24, our school will receive £49,470 in Pupil Premium funding. To ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially, Pupil Premium funding is allocated to a number of initiatives.
Here at Lostock we have used evidence-based approaches as published by the EEF and planned our strategy using the school planning guide using the tiered approach:
- Investing in high quality teaching
- Targeted academic support
- Wider strategies
Please open the attachment at the bottom of the page to see view our current Pupil Premium Strategy Statement.
The designated lead person for Pupil Premium funding is Mrs Lisa Downing (Deputy Headteacher).
Our designated governor for Pupil Premium funding is Mr David Nield (Deputy Chair of Governors).