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Pupil Premium Strategy Statement

Please click HERE to read our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for 2020-2025. 

What is the pupil premium?

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

Pupil premium was introduced in April 2011. The funding is provided in addition to the school’s main funding and is intended to help disadvantaged pupils to ‘close the gap’ and raise attainment and improve progress.

Children who are eligible include:

  • Pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years;
  • Pupils who have been looked after continuously for more than six months;
  • Children of armed services personnel.

In the 2021-22 financial year, schools will receive the following funding:  

Disadvantaged pupils

Pupil premium per pupil

Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 free school meals (FSM)


Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM


Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority


Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order


Service children

Pupil premium per pupil

Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence



Applying for Free School Meals

Marion Richardson has all pupils at the heart of all we do and the centre of the school vision and seeks to ensure all pupils have: experienced an engaging, creative, relevant and challenging curriculum which has enabled then to develop the skills needed to be lifelong learners; and have had opportunities to explore, discover and develop interests, skills and talents they didn’t know they had. This is achieved through various funding sources, including the pupil premium. It is therefore very important that parents apply/renew their applications for FSM.

For further information on applying for Free School Meals in Tower Hamlets please click HERE

If you are unsure if you are eligible or would like any support please come in to the school. We are able to check your eligibility and support you in completing the necessary application forms.

 An online application form for Free School Meals in Tower Hamlets is available HERE

How will the impact of the spending of pupil premium be measured?

To monitor the progress and attainment, measures are included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the pupil premium. DfE performance tables can be accessed by clicking HERE.

At Marion Richardson we will continue to use our cycle of data collection, tracking and monitoring of pupil’s attainment and progress to inform pupil progress and enable early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. 

The named Pupil Premium Governors is: Nick Squire 

The Governors’ pupil premium policy can be accessed by clicking Pupil Premium Policy