Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a fund that is outside the main funding formula. Information on the Pupil Premium can be found here.

Schools receive Pupil Premium funding for:

  • children who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)
  • children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years
  • children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months by someone other than their family.

The government has provided this funding to help raise attainment for these children.  National data shows that children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have sadly lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.  Schools decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, but the funding should be to support those children.

At St Mary’s our Pupil Premium is used to support a range of targeted interventions both inside and outside of the classroom. This allows all pupils with specific difficulties to move forward. To facilitate this, the school has TA coverage equivalent to 2.7 full time Teaching Assistants in September 2023. Lead Teachers meet weekly and pupils progress and the targeting of support is discussed. Pupils are tested and a strategy of support and intervention is put into place. Parents and carers are kept fully informed throughout the process and are informed as to how they can help their child. We also provide funding to enable all children to participate in swimming and school trips to further enrich the child’s whole cognitive development, wellbeing and education experiences.

Specific funds to provide support for disadvantaged pupils and for those who have special educational needs or disabilities are put to good use, with spending tailored to individuals needs”                

Ofsted April 2017

Our SENCo intervention team have provided a wide range of additional support where children require specific provision in order to achieve their potential. All TAs are involved in targeted intervention each afternoon except for Fridays. Regular meetings occur between those on the SEND register and parents/carers. This ensures all can monitor pupil progress. The SEND register is reviewed half termly. Pupil Premium is also used to support inclusion in families who are suffering financial hardships.

In 2020-2021 £17,450

In 2021-2022 £13,725

In 2022-2023 £15,683

In 2023-2024 £21,132

Current Teaching Assistant costs are in excess of £46,000.

“As noted in the previous inspection report, pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities get bespoke support which helps them to move on in their learning. In several instances, pupils who have struggled with aspects of school life elsewhere have moved to St Mary’s and responded positively to the guidance, care and support provided.”

Ofsted April 2017

Impact of Intervention

2023 SATs Assessment Analysis 

At KS1 100% of Pupils Premium pupils achieved the expected standard in Reading, Writing & Mathematics.

At KS2 100% of Pupil Premium pupils achieved the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Matematics.

2022-2024 Strategies

There are currently 16 (21.6%) pupils receiving Pupil Premium of which 10 (13%) receive FSM.  To insure pupils achieve their potential the school has implemented a number of strategies:

  • Keeping class sizes small.
  • Maintaining TA time to FT 2.7 equivalent. This will allow pupils with needs to experience targeted interventions both inside and outside of the classroom. This will be maintained throughout 2023/4.
  • Targeted interventions using tried and tested scheme that include Word Wassp, Power of Two, Nelson handwriting and money awareness and focused reading comprehension.
  • Inclusion so that financial deprivation does not impact on pupil enrichment and learning. This currently includes piano lessons, swimming lessons, day and residential trips.
  • CPD initiatives aiming to address existing difficulties, attachment and pupil well-being issues.

Assessment and targeted intervention occur termly and interventions effectiveness are reviewed.

For further information our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement can be downloaded below.