Each of the grammar schools give some priority to 'Pupil Premium' applicants.
Pupil Premium is additional funding paid to schools by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. For the school to receive Pupil Premium funding, the child must have been registered and in receipt of Free School Meals (due to family low income for example) at any point in the last six years. This is different to Universal Free School Meals which all children in Reception - Year 2 receive regardless of income.
For 2024 entry, your child must have been registered for and in receipt of Free School Meals at any point before the closing date for test registration (30 June 2023). You must tick the relevant box when registering for the entrance test. Failure to tick the box on your application will result in your child not being considered for one of the Pupil Premium places.
If you are unsure whether your child receives or has ever received Free School Meals, speak to their primary school.
Applicants who start to receive Free School Meals after the closing date (30 June 2023) will not be considered for one of the Pupil Premium places.
All applicants must achieve the Qualifying Score to be considered for a place. Extra marks are not awarded in the entrance test to Pupil Premium applicants.
Following the entrance test, if your child achieves the minimum Qualifying Score and you ticked the Pupil Premium box on your application, you will be sent a form for the primary school to complete, which asks the school to provide dates of when your child received Free School Meals and to confirm that the school receives Pupil Premium funding. Those who achieve a score less than the Qualifying Score will not be considered for a place at any of the grammar schools and therefore further information will not be requested.
Please note: Only state-funded schools receive Pupil Premium funding. Therefore, if your child is home educated or attends an independent school they will not be eligible to be considered for one of the Pupil Premium places.
Applicants who may be eligible for Free School Meals but have never been registered for Free School Meals will not be considered for one of the Pupil Premium places.