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Pupil Premium, Free School Meals & 16-19 Bursary


At Dr Challoner’s High School, we are here to provide the best possible education for all our girls, and we will always try to ensure that every girl has the best school experience and the best possible outcomes.

Our students come from a range of socio-economic backgrounds. We strongly believe in providing equal opportunities across our first-class education and ensuring that there is little or no attainment gap between girls of different financial backgrounds.

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional government funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. 

Pupil Premium is for students who at any point in the past 6 years have: been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); or who have been continuously looked after for the past six months; or who have been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order.  

In addition the Department for Education (DfE) introduced the Service pupil premium (SPP) in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant.

Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium in a way that they think will best support the raising of attainment for students attracting Pupil Premium funding. How the Pupil Premium funding is spent is monitored closely and schools are accountable for demonstrating the impact of the funding that they have been allocated.

Free School Meals Criteria

Free School Meals Application Form

If you have any questions about the Pupil Premium or would like to hand in an application form, please contact Josie Orchard, Finance Assistant

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2023-24

Free School Meals

A healthy diet brings many benefits including promoting great learning.  We strongly encourage all parents who think their daughter might be eligible, to apply in confidence, for Free School Meals.

Your daughter(s) is entitled to free school meals if you are in receipt of:

  • Universal Credit - with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance (IBJSA)
  • an income–related employment and support allowance (ESA)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of the State Pension Credit

Further information can be accessed here via the Buckinghamshire County Council Website:

Please note that the application for free school meals must be made directly to the school and your application will be treated in confidence. Please contact: [email protected] to make an application.

Free School Meal eligibility is used to determine the level of Pupil Premium received by the school.  It is therefore also in our interest to ensure that all children eligible are registered, even if they choose not to take up the benefit - you will be providing additional funding to the school to support Pupil Premium students.

16-19 Bursary Fund

The fund is made available from the government through its educational funding body for 16-19 year olds, to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. We strongly encourage you to apply, in confidence, if you think you might be eligible. If you have any questions, please email us here.

Further information is available online at

16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form

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