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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children from Services families.  This also includes any pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years.


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. 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.

At Cathedral we are committed to enabling pursuing excellence for all. We recognise that children from disadvantaged backgrounds can face particular challenges and welcome the Pupil Premium as an important way to support them.

Schools are free to spend their Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, we will be held to account for how we have used the additional funding to narrow the gap for these targeted pupils. We are required to publish online how we have used the premium. This is to ensure that parents and other stakeholders are made fully aware of the impact of this additional resourcing on learning and achievement outcomes within our school.

Our approach ensures that all aspects of the school support children from disadvantaged backgrounds, by providing targeted support when it is needed. For example, when examining the progress of every pupil, teachers, the Leadership team and school governors look in detail at the development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as those with other needs. It is by providing excellent teaching, tailored to the needs of every child, and specific support to enable pupils to catch up quickly or for those who are excelling to be stretched further, that each child can reach their full potential.

We also recognise that to enable pupils to flourish, wider skills, talents and experiences, participating in clubs and school visits and journeys play an important role and should be accessible to all. We therefore will use some pupil premium money to pay for and subsidise these activities for those who would not otherwise be able to afford them. We monitor how each child is progressing and use this to inform which types of support are needed.

For 2021 to 2024 Ripon Cathedral School is expected to receive £165,000 in Pupil Premium funding for our children.

PDF icon Please click here for Pupil Premium Strategy 3 Year Plan 2021-24