Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium reports

For our reports on Pupil Premium grant expenditure (for previous years) and proposed expenditure (current year), click the links below:
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Government introduced ‘Pupil Premium’ funding to raise achievement in schools. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. It encompasses all students who are either In Care, in receipt of free school meals, Ever 6 FSM (those who have claimed free school meals in the past 6 years) or whose parents are actively serving in the Armed Forces. You can read more about Pupil Premium here.
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely, with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent. At BCCS we pride out selves on utilising the Pupil Premium to support our students with a specific focus on Literacy, Transition (at all key stages) Engagement, and Attendance, maximising the life opportunities for all students.

Why is there a Pupil Premium?
Students who have either been in care or have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.   GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two-thirds of their fellow students.

Applying for Pupil Premium

You can use this link to apply 

If you require further help or assistance you can contact Patrick Callaghan @ pcallaghan@bristolcathedral.org.uk


Free School Meals
For information on applying for Free School Meals, click here.

You can apply for free school meals if you receive one of the following:
  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)
  • Child Tax Credit, but are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) does not exceed £16,190.
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999.
  • The 'Guaranteed Element' of Pension Credit.
  • Income Related Employment And Support Allowance benefit (any element of contribution based paid free school meals are not available)
Please note that if you wish to apply for free school meals for a child attending an academy, BCCS is registered with Bristol City Council to use their service so you can still apply either online or in writing. 

Additional eligibility criteria:
From April 2014, maintained schools, non-maintained special schools and general hospital schools will attract the Pupil Premium for children in Reception to Year 11:
  • who left care under a Residential Order on or after 14 October 1991 (under the Children Act 1989);
  • who left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005 (under the Children Act 1989);
  • who were adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005 (under the Adoption and Children Act 2002);
  • where the parent self-declares their child’s status to the school, providing supporting evidence (e.g. an adoption order); and
  • where the school records on the January School Census that it has a child on roll who meets the above criteria.
Please contact our administration team for more details about registering with the school for Pupil Premium: telephone 0117 353 5000.

Pupil Premium at BCCS 
The primary focus of the Pupil Premium grant is to support your child’s achievement.  Other intended outcomes for all students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding include:
  • Pupil Premium students’ attainment would be in line with their peers
  • Pupil Premium students’ achievement would be in line with / in excess of their personalised estimations and predictions
  • Pupil Premium students’ achievement and attainment would be supported by their parents’/carers’ engagement
  • Pupil Premium students’ engagement in and enjoyment of learning inside school would be promoted and facilitated
  • Pupil Premium students’ engagement in and enjoyment of learning outside school would be promoted and facilitated
  • Pupil Premium students’ ongoing engagement with education, employment and training post 16 would be promoted and facilitated
  • Staff are trained and developed to remove barriers to learning and underachievement
In order to support these outcomes BCCS is able to offer:
  • Educational resources such as revision books. Subject Leaders have identified the educational resources which are essential to their curriculum areas, and your child(ren) should be supplied with these. 
  • English and/or maths additional tutoring.  English and maths staff have already identified students who they believe should would benefit from additional support in one or both of these areas.  
  • Reading programme students in Years 7 and 8.  Literacy support for Year 9 students. Students identified by the school.
  • Essential educational school trips – all Subject Leaders have identified the trips which are essential to their curriculum areas, and therefore you should not be charged.  If you are charged for a trip and believe it should be covered please contact the school.
  • Year 7 Activities week. Year 7 camp funding may be provided for Pupil Premium students. Please contact the school for further information.
  • Instrumental/Vocal Music lessons: Music staff have identified students who they believe would benefit from additional music lessons. We can support up to 50% of the costs.
  • Counselling – open to all students.  Students may request support from our school counsellor by visiting the Student Support Centre.
  • Breakfast Club – it is the intention of the school to provide a free breakfast to all pupil premium students in the Cresswell café.
  • Visits to Universities.
  • Homework Club/coursework catch-ups.
  • Specialised Year 11 mentoring for GCSEs and post-16 applications.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
  • Student Support with mental wellbeing.
  • Outside speakers.
  • Parent/Carer workshops/programmes.
  • Individual Learning Mentors.
  • Holiday Revision and Exam technique sessions including Easter revision school.
  • Online revision and learning support resources.
  • Careers advice and guidance.
  • Transitional support across key stages.


The Literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with additional £500 for every Year 7 pupil who did not achieve a level 4 in Reading and / or Mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. Funding for the 2014 to 2015 financial year has been allocated to schools based on the number of eligible pupils listed in autumn 2014 census returns and the 2014 Key Stage 2 assessments. Based on our data to this point we currently have 11 pupils eligible for the Catch up Premium at a rate of £500 per student, giving an expected income of £5,000. Funding and data for the year is yet to be validated. The interventions that we carry out are reviewed on a regular basis and adapted as appropriate.

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This list is not exhaustive and should your child have an alternative requirement, or if you have a query regarding Pupil Premium, please contact Mr Callaghan on pcallaghan@bristolcathedral.org.uk. Please note that the entitlements on a case-by-case basis will be decided by the school based on need and impact, and may not necessarily be appropriate for all students.
As a school focused on reflective practice and continuous improvement we encourage parental feedback to enable to provide the best possible support for our students. If you have any suggestions or comments regarding Pupil Premium please do not hesitate to contact Mr Callaghan.