Pupil Premium

Our school is fully committed to making sure every young person, no matter what socio-economic or family background they have, gets the education opportunities and outcomes they deserve. 

Meopham School uses well researched, evidence-based strategies that aim to improve the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils.  Based on Sutton Trust research and the school’s knowledge of its pupils, its community and what works best for our school, we place the following principles and strategies at the heart of all learning as we believe that they produce the best results for our pupils.


What is the 'Pupil Premium'?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help narrow the attainment gap between them and their non-disadvantaged peers. The funding is allocated to schools based on the number of:

  • Students in receipt of free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever 6 FSM)

  • Looked After Children (LAC), adopted or special guardianship

  • Students who have left care through adoption or another formal route such as a Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangement Order

  • Service children

This money is used to help disadvantaged pupils overcome any barriers to their learning and to ensure they reach their full potential.


Free School Meals - are you claiming your entitlement?

To apply for free school meals, parents must have one or more children aged four or over attending a local authority maintained school in Kent or be eligible as a household with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) subject to maximum income funds.

Parents who have one or more children aged four or over attending local authority maintained school in Kent and be in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • 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)

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190

  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.

  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

Visit the Kent County Council FSM page where you can find out more about claiming your entitlement.


Travel passes for school pupils and school transport

Visit Kent County Council School transport page where you can find out more about school transport.