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What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium grant is a sum of money allocated to local authorities and schools with pupils on roll that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years.  It is intended to enable schools to provide targeted support​ to help vulnerable children to reach their full potential and diminish any differences between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.  Schools have the f​reedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying schools budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.


Who is eligible for free school meals?


Children whose parents receive certain support payments are entitled to receive free school meals.  If you think that you may be eligible, we urge you to apply by completing the 'free school meals' application form on Wigan Council's website, or contact a member of their team:


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Opening Hours   Telephone: Monday to Friday 8.00 to 18.00.  Saturday 8.00 to 12.30.  Opening Hours Mon - Fri 09.00 - 17.00 Saturday 10.00 - 16.00
Phone Number01942 828644
Textphone (Minicom)01942 828725
Fax01942 828613
FacilitiesDisabled Access, Disabled Parking, Disabled Toilets, Parking, Lift​
AddressWigan Council, Wigan Life Centre, The Wiend, Wigan, WN1 1NH


My infant child gets a free meal anyway - do I still register?​


Simply, the answer is yes!

September 2014 saw the launch of the 'Universal Free School Meal' offer which now means that children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes all receive a free school lunch every day!  Whilst this is fantastic for families, we have become concerned that it is deterring some of the eligible parents & carers (under the old criteria) from completing the registration process.  We urge all eligible families to claim so that school receives targeted money to spend on their child's learning.



Pupil Premium allocation at St. John's.


Our key aim in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to close the gap between pupil groups.  As a school we have an excellent track record of ensuring that pupils make good or better progress and our performance data shows that pupils in receipt of the grant achieve equally well.  Through targeted spending we are determined to make sure that all groups of pupils perform equally and consistently well.  For children who start school with skill development lower than that expected for their age, our aim is to ensure that they catch up urgently in order to reach at least the required expectations for their age.  Our aspirations is for pupils eligible for the PPG to achieve the high/greater depth standard in their learning.


PPG 2021 - 2024

Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium Statement 2023 - 2024

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