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Ely College

Pupil Premium and Meridian Trust Charter

The Government believes that Pupil Premium (PP) funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the underlying inequalities between children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), or who have been eligible in the last 6 years, and their peers.

The use of the term ‘Pupil Premium’ refers to those pupils who attract government pupil premium funding: pupils claiming free school meals at any point in the last six years and pupils in care or who left care through adoption or another formal route. Meridian Trust also includes within its Pupil Premium Charter those pupils identified as Young Carers (YC), either through parental identification or through the use of the Multi-Dimensional Assessment of Caring Activities (MACA) tool. For the academic year 2023-24, the government is also adding a ‘Recovery Premium’ to help schools meet the demands of ensuring all pupils catch up after the Covid pandemic. The Recovery Premium is calculated on a per-pupil basis, and it is meant to help schools deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting a wider cohort of pupils than those who attract the funding, by directing spending where the need is greatest.

Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and for those pupils who are the children of either currently serving members of HM forces or who have retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence.  This ‘Service Premium’ is not classed as Pupil Premium but is allocated to help with pastoral support. 

The Pupil Premium (PP) and Service Premium currently stand at:

  • £985 for every secondary-age pupil who claims free school meals or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years - from 2023 to 2024 this amount will be set at £1,035

  • £2,410 for every pupil who is within local authority care - from 2023 to 2024 this amount will be set at £2,530

  • £2,410 for every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, special guardianship order or child arrangements order - from 2023 to 2024 this amount will be set at £2,530

  • £320 for every child of either a serving member of HM forces or retired on a pension from the MOD

The PP funding is used to help fund a range of educational benefits for pupils across the school such as targeted small-group interventions, additional pastoral support, or inclusion in school activities such as extracurricular clubs, school trips, and music lessons. 

Who is eligible?

Your child may be eligible if you receive any of the following benefits:

Free School Meals

If you think your child may be eligible for free school meals, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.  This form can either be emailed directly to  or you can return the form to the college reception, and we will forward it on your behalf.

What happens if your financial situation changes

Your child’s school will continue to receive the funding for the next six years

Pupil Premium Strategy

It is a requirement for the academic year 2023-24 that the school publishes both how the money was spent in 2022-23 and how it is going to be spent in the coming year 2023-24.  The coronavirus has, for the past 3 years, interrupted a significant number of planned activities for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, but there have still been considerable efforts made to ensure that those in receipt of PP funding have received additional support.   

The strategy document can be accessed here

Ely College follows the Statement of Principals set out by Meridian Trust

In addition to the principals above Ely College have worked together with other Meridian Trust schools to create the unique ‘Pupil Premium Charter’.  This charter maps out our intentions to ensure that the academic gap between pupils who are in receipt of the Pupil Premium, require SENDV support or require support for any other experiences that have historically shown to impact attainment and those who are non-disadvantaged narrows in all its schools.  The Meridian Trust PP Charter is the minimum guarantee to all pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding who attend a Meridian Trust school.   

Pupil Premium Charter



The Meridian Trust Pupil Premium Charter ensures a focus on closing the gap in attainment, attendance, parental engagement, CEIAG (Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance) and pupil experiences.  There is much evidence to suggest that those in receipt of pupil premium funding do not experience activities and opportunities which broaden their outlook and perspective on the world. 

Therefore, a significant strand of the charter focuses on giving pupils experiences, and we encourage all pupils, but especially those in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding, to take part in school trips and visits and to live a childhood set of experiences.  We fully support the initiatives that promote the joy of outdoor activity such as the National Trust's 50 things to do by you're 11 and 3/4 and will actively look for opportunities to promote such experiences for all our children in college.