Our Pupil Premium Statement

Our Pupil Premium Statement

At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we support all our pupils. We do this by providing high quality classroom teaching, supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required. The School’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and Governing Body monitor the impact of all spending and interventions, including the Pupil Premium funding. St Mary’s Staff and Governors are committed to enabling all children to enjoy and achieve in their learning; the Pupil Premium funding enhances provision and is used in addition to funds from the school’s allocated budget.

The Pupil Premium grant is allocated to children from families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM), pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years (Ever6) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months at some point in their lives. The reason for this is that, as a group, these children have consistently reached lower educational attainment and made less progress than those in other groups within primary schools across the country.

We encourage all eligible parents and carers to apply for free school meals; we aim to support them to take up this entitlement, understanding that pride, stigma or changing circumstances may initially act as barriers. We also encourage parents with adopted children to speak to us at school in order to give consent for us to access this funding.

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In recent years, St Mary’s School has received allocations as follows:

  • £2,640 in 2011/12
  • £5,650 in 2012/13
  • £9,300 in 2013/14
  • £24,700 in 2014/15
  • £29,760 for 2015/16

Pupil Premium funding for 2016-2017 is £27, 240

This money has been used to enhance provision and alleviate inequality in the following ways:

  • 1:1 and small group work, focusing on raising standards in Reading, Writing and Maths through a variety of approaches
  • Additional staff support in classrooms

along with the provision of

  • Enrichment beyond the curriculum, such as funding educational trips or clubs for a small number of pupils
  • Provision of uniform
  • Support for pupils with emotional difficulties
  • Nurture groups and activities to boost self-esteem or address particular needs


Information about our Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) for 2015-16


Total number of pupils on roll                                                                                         239

Amount of PPG received per pupil                                                                              £1,300-£1,900

Total number of pupils eligible for PPG                                                                        18

Total amount of PPG received                                                                                      £29,760


Nature of support 2015-16

25% of our PP pupils have SEND or additional needs. Their learning is planned to take account of requirements for additional learning support plus PP support.

25% of our pp pupils have no barriers to learning and are able learners. Funding is directed for these pupils to ensure that they achieve at or above the expected level for their age.

50% of our PP pupils struggle in at least one core area and require support to close gaps in their knowledge.

To provide 1-1 support for learning and/or emotional needs                              £6,446.25

To provide small group work opportunities with a Teaching Assistant             £9,649

To provide additional teaching support within the classroom                            £19,526.75

To purchase resource materials for use with pupils                                               £539

To facilitate subsidised places for Breakfast Club, After School Clubs,

educational or residential visits and free school milk – from school budget

This total shows the minimum spending to support our PP children                  £36,161


Measuring the impact of PPG spending: 2015-2016

Y1 pupils achieved expected or better progress in phonics: 100% of the cohort met the threshold in the phonics screening in June 2016, which means that PP pupils did not underperform in this measure.


Across our infant classes (Reception, Y1 and Y2) 25% of PP pupils performed at the expected level for the relevant year group; 75% performed below age-related expectations overall, although the gaps are closing over time.


Across our junior classes (Y3-Y6), 42% of PP pupils performed at the expected level for the relevant year group; 58% performed below age-related expectations in Reading, Writing and/ or Maths, although the gaps are closing over time.


At the end of KS2 2016, provisional SATs results are as follows (taking into account small numbers of PP pupils)


Reading overall                  62%                             Reading average progress                     0.17

Reading PP                          50%                             PP Reading average progress               1.05


Writing overall                     85%                             Writing average progress                        1.78

Writing PP                            100%                          PP Writing average progress                  2


Maths overall                       65%                             Maths average progress                         -0.33

Maths PP                              50%                             PP Maths average progress                   -0.6


Our Pupil Premium Strategy for 2016-18

We will continue to work within the above principles over the next two academic years, aiming to raise standards for all our pupils, including those in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.

In addition, we will

  • Continue to include wellbeing as a feature of the School Development Plan (SDP) in order to ensure that pupils’ mental health and emotional needs remain high profile
  • Facilitate a range of staff training opportunities to support positive attitudes and a culture of growth mind-set, so that pupils develop qualities such as resilience and perseverance so that challenge is relished and ambition is fostered
  • Further develop Forest School and outdoor learning so that team work, cooperation and whole-body, physical learning can be harnessed in particular for our PP children


This information will be updated at Easter 2017, whereupon evaluations of 2016-17 spending and successes can be reviewed prior to the announcement of funding for 2017-2018.


Pupil Premium funding for 2016-2017 is £27, 240