Pupil Premium


Statement in Regard to Pupil Premium Funding


"A way has to be found to enable everyone to benefit from the fruits of the earth, and not simply to close the gap between the affluent and those who must be satisfied with the crumbs falling from the table, but above all to satisfy the demands of justice, fairness and respect for every human being.”

(Pope Francis, June 13)

Every child with his/her individual needs is a unique gift from God. 

All members of staff, governors and teaching assistants accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring Catholic environment.  This is an essential, integral part of the spiritual development of the whole school community.As with every child in our care, a child who is considered to be ‘socially disadvantaged’ is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/her full potential, irrespective of need. 

The pupil premium is a Government initiative that targets additional funding at pupils from deprived backgrounds, which research shows underachieve compared to their peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their full potential. The funding is allocated to schools based on the following criteria

  • Children who are entitled to Free School Meals
  • Children who have been entitled to free school meals in the last six years
  • Children of services personnel
  • Children who have a parent who has been in the Services in the last six years
  • Children who are looked after and have been in care continually for at least six months
  • Children who have been adopted from care

At St. Mary’s the objectives for spending the Pupil Premium Grant are

Pupil Performance - To continue to minimise the gap for those pupils not on track to achieve at or above age related expectations and make expected or more than expected progress at the end of Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2 through the use of targeted and strategic support.

Targeted Interventions To provide well researched, targeted interventions that have a proven track record and create a measurable impact in a relatively short block of time, so that every child is subject to quality first teaching in the classroom.

Staff Training- We are committed to developing all our staff in ‘Successful Teaching and Learning’ using research based strategies and current resources. All teaching and support staff are given CPD opportunities based on effective marking and feedback.

Enrichment - Provide experiences in order for pupils eligible for FSM for example music lessons and offsite visits.

Social and Emotional Support – Provide additional adult support, Thrive, Pyramid Club and Counselling to help facilitate social and emotional development for identified children.

 Pupil Premium Policy

 CAST Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-17

 Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-17

Pupil Premium Data Publication for 2016-17 academic year


Summary information

Academic Year


Total PP budget


Total number of pupils


Number of pupils eligible for PP





Pupil Premium Plus

(Adoption Premium)



13 (5.5%)

3 (1.4%)

6 (2.7%)

Barriers to future attainment (for pupils eligible for PP, including high ability)

 In-school barriers (issues to be addressed in school, such as poor oral language skills)

Social and emotional resilience

Engagement and motivation of PP children

 External barriers

Attendance of FSM/Ever 6 children

Desired outcomes

Children make expected or better progress in reading, writing and maths

PP children’s maths improves in line with non-pp children at the end of KS2

The attainment in Maths and Writing in KS1 of children in receipt of PPG funding will rise, in line with the attainment of all children

Children will become more resilient, secure and confident

Children will become more motivated and engaged with their learning, with the desired impact of raising attainment and progress

Attendance of PP children will rise to be at least in line with all other children

Summary of Planned Expenditure 2016-17

1:group interventions with a qualified teacher

Additional TA hours

Iris Connect for Professional Development

Arrow intervention to support reading and spelling

Thrive intervention 

Successful teaching and learning programme, for teaching assistants

Digital Technologies to support teaching and learning

Peer mentoring across classes

Feedback, including pupil conferencing

Training for staff in Pyramid Club

Pyramid Club resources

Sustaining and running a support group for service children

Percentage of the cost of residential trips

Purchase of resources to support personalised learning

Counselling to meet individual social and emotional needs

For the full Pupil Premium strategy plan for the academic year 2016-17 click the link below

Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-17.pdf

Our Pupil Premium expenditure and evaluations can be found by clicking the links below

Pupil Premium 2015-16

Pupil Premium 2014-15

Pupil Premium 2013-14