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The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Pupil premium

What is it?

Pupil Premium was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2011, as additional funding to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals; those looked after by the local authority and the children of armed service personnel. 

Pupil Premium, using additional resources from outside the School’s Budget, is intended to address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most. The DfE have stated that schools have the right to spend this funding as they see fit based upon their knowledge of pupil needs.

Pupil Premium at Milstead School

We strive for achievement for all our pupils. Our pastoral care and rigorous monitoring and tracking of all pupils helps us to identify any pupils who are at risk of not making sufficient progress and have helped us to plan and implement good intervention strategies. With smaller numbers of pupil premium eligible pupils, value for money is central to sustained improvements in both well-being and academic achievement. 

Parental support and involvement

Parent support and involvement is a key factor in raising standards. If you would like help or advice in supporting your child you can always ask your class teacher or Rachel Deeson, Family Liaison Officer. 

 If you are unsure as to whether your child is entitled to the Pupil Premium, it is worth registering them to find out. If successful, it will have a direct impact on the funding the school receives and we will maximise the support we can provide.

 Parents can register their child for the Pupil Premium if they are 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 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.


Parents / carers can apply here:

Apply for Free School Meals


If you would like support with applying please speak to Mrs Deeson, our Family Liaison Officer. She is out on the playground every Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

For more details on the Pupil Premium please visit:

 View our  Pupil Premium Funding Strategy for more information.

School pupil premium strategy