Pupil Premium Grant

The pupil premium grant is funding to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in state-funded schools in England.

If your child is eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), s/he will be entitled to a wide range of benefits (additional to free school meals in KS2) which this academic year includes:

  • Free school trips.
  • Free music lessons with Rock Steady (subject to space).
  • Musical instrument tuition for a term.
  • 1 free piece of fruit and free milk daily.
  • 3 free copies of the class novel per academic year. Plus, a free book at the book fair.

Pupils will receive the Pupil Premium Grant if they are:

  • previously looked-after children (PLAC): pupils who were looked after by a local authority or other state care immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority or other state care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). From 1 April 2023, PP grant eligibility for pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care will include children adopted from state care or equivalent from outside England and Wales.
  • recorded as eligible for free school meals or have been recorded as eligible in the past 6 years. This includes eligible children of families who have no recourse to public funds.

If you receive any of the following, then you may be eligible to receive free school meals and therefore the Pupil Premium Grant:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400.
  • Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit.
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190.

Application forms can be collected from the school office and if you have any questions please speak to Mrs Sheikh at the school office.

Pupil Premium strategy statement 2023-26

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education

PSHE subject overview

Year 6 careers

Journalist career talk.

Police career talk

Show racism the red card

On Tuesday morning, Hannah from the above charity, delivered a formative presentation about racism to all the Year 3 children.  The children were very engaged and asked lots of very intelligent questions. They learnt what racism is and what to do if they see anyone being racist to others or to them and also how to avoid it. She cleared some misconceptions that the children had during the session. It was age appropriate and interactive. 

Year 5 children learn about drugs

Visit from local police officers

We welcomed Amy, Ollie and Marcus, our local community police officers, into Uplands this week. The team are based in Spinney Hill Police Station and are responsible for the Highfields area. Amy, Ollie and Marcus led two assemblies this week; the first to introduce themselves and explain their role – their primary purpose is to help people, the second to talk to children about keeping themselves safe around knives, gangs and drugs. The children asked some excellent questions and were fascinated by the equipment the officers carried. Amy, Marcus and Ollie are hoping that as the children recognise them outside school, the children will say hello and chat to them as a trusted adult within their community who will help them whenever they need it.

The team will be returning to school to have lunch with the children in the near future and hopefully join lessons working with Uplands staff to help deliver the PSHE curriculum.

Healthy eating workshop

The final parent/child healthy eating workshop was held today. The focus was on healthy school packed lunch, the children and their parents made some delicious wraps together. Uplands Junior L.E.A.D. Academy would like to thank Jill Tipple for NHS dietician service for setting this up and running the workshops, children and parents have really enjoyed them and it is something we  will look to continue.

What makes a good friend?

Children at Uplands learn how to build and maintain positive relationships.

Navy team building with Year 6

This week, members of the Royal Navy visited and year 6 children learnt that the Royal Navy’s Merlin helicopters are an essential part of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG).  

The children’s first challenge was to build a paper helicopter following a design template. They were encouraged to try to fly their helicopters and describe what they saw happening. Children found that the larger the blades the slower the helicopter rotated, this made the helicopter fall to the ground slower. But, if the blades were too large, the slow rotation meant that the helicopter lacked control and drifted, rather than spinning to the ground. The smaller the blades the quicker the helicopter fell to the ground, as it had less air resistance acting on it. If the blades were too short, they did not generate enough lift and the helicopter fell to the ground out of control rather than spinning.