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Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. “It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Source - DfE website. 


Schools are required to publish the following information: 

Current academic year strategy shows: 

  • Our school’s pupil premium allocation 
  • A summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils 
  • How the pupil premium allocation will be spent to address those barriers and the reasons for our approach 
  • How our school will measure the impact and effect of its pupil premium spending 
  • The date of our school's next pupil premium strategy review 


Previous academic year review will show: 

  • Details of how we spent our pupil premium allocation 
  • Information on the impact this had on eligible and other pupils 


Please find below  a document detailing  our Pupil Premium Strategy 2021-2024 including the up to date progress review.

It is essential that we identify any potential barriers to pupils learning early on so that we can put in place appropriate and targeted support strategies. We aim to raise the achievement of Pupil Premium students, regardless of their starting points and reduce the gap between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium pupils. We ensure that Pupils Premium pupils have access to a wide range of experiences inside and outside of the classroom to support personal development.


 Below are some of the strategies that we use in order to maximise the achievement of Pupil Premium pupils.

  • Additional feedback time for teachers 
  • Enhanced staffing ratio all English and Maths lessons in Key Stage 2 
  • Targeted small group interventions with priority given to Pupil Premium pupils
  • Easter School 
  • Pastoral support time from the Deputy Head Teacher for behaviour and the Pastoral Team  
  • Enrichment opportunities enhanced
  • Support for the welfare needs of pupils including attendance 
  • Catch up sessions in KS3 to support the pupils not reaching the expected standard    

Our pupil premium money is used to provide a range of additional support for our children whether this is academic or pastoral.  Pupil progress and attainment is monitored continually by teachers, support staff, Heads of Department and the Senior Leadership Team.  We hold regular Mind the Gap meetings to identify pupils in need of additional support which also enables us to discuss any elements of well-being that need to be considered. These interventions and other initiatives, along with quality first teaching are having a positive impact on pupil progress and attainment.  

Post-LAC pupils are mentored by the Deputy Head Teacher responsible for Pastoral Care and all receive a personalised learning plan.  

We expect all pupils to make accelerated progress from their starting points. A particular focus is progress in reading where pupils will be more adept in accuracy, fluency, comprehension and decoding.

Increasing parental engagement has been a focus of the school in the last few years.  Additional meetings have been held to increase parental understanding of reading strategies as well as utilising videos to demonstrate approaches that could be used at home. We now have a highly successful Facebook page which increases easy communication opportunities with parents.  


We will continue to adapt and amend our approaches as necessary as the year progresses. Pupil_Premium_Strategy_Statement-_reviewed_up_to_December_2023