SCHOOLS in the area have been given more than £1 million to help disadvantaged pupils.
The Department for Education announced funding for the Pupil Premium on Monday, with the extra money being allocated for children who qualify for free school meals (FSM).
Of nearly 25,000 students in West Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket, South West Norfolk and South Suffolk, 2,404 are eligible for FSM. Each student is allocated a Pupil Premium £488 for the year.
Matt Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, praised the increased funding – including £500,000 for his constituency.
“I welcome this support from the Government for the most disadvantaged children,” he said.
“It is vital that schools in Suffolk are able to give as much support as possible to children from disadvantaged backgrounds so that they flourish at school.”
The biggest allocations were made to schools in Thetford, with the percentages of children eligible for the premium also well above the rest of the area.
At Bishops Primary School, more than 50 per cent of pupils were eligible for the premium, with £54,556 being allocated.
In comparison, at Sebert Wood Community Primary School in Bury, only 2.5 per cent of pupils were eligible, requiring an allocation of £3,416.
Thetford Academy received the highest allocation in the area, being given £92,720 for 190 children requiring free meals.