Pupil Premium funding was initially launched in 2011-12 by the then coalition government & is money is given to schools based on the numbers of pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM).
At St Mary’s, we are completely committed to the ideal of ‘every child matters’ & are driven by our values that focus on enhancing pupil achievement & wellbeing irrespective of their personal circumstances. In short, we want ALL of our children to do well & to thrive in their learning!
We seek to meet the needs of all of our pupils from through careful analysis of progress data on a termly basis & design intervention strategies where necessary to meet each pupil’s needs. Pupil Premium funding gives a method of further supporting some of our more disadvantaged pupils in order that we can ‘close the gap’ & ensure that they get the very best advantage from their time with us.
This year, our Pupil Premium allocation for 2021-22 is £87,967.00. To see how this money is being spent to support our Pupil Premium Pupils, please click below:
Impact of the Pupil Premium at St Mary’s
(See Pupil Premium Impact Report for full details):
Sadly, our Pupil Premium Plan has been impacted by the Pandemic due to two partial school closures as well as children missing school due to either having COVID19 themselves, or because they have had to isolate with families or class bubbles.
The outcomes of FSM pupils vary at different times depending on the children & their individual needs. Sometimes, our FSM children appear in multiple pupil groups such as EAL (English as an Additional Language) or SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) which then affects their academic outcomes.
- Where FSM pupils do not have Special Educational Needs & Disabilities, they normally attain within the expected range or above in comparison to the national average.
- Most of our FSM pupils make good to outstanding progress.
- FSM pupils also show increased confidence as a result of targeted interventions, greater levels of support or access to extra-curricular activities