What is the pupil premium?
Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:
- generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
- often do not perform as well as their peers
The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent. At St Marys we pride ourselves on utilising the Pupil Premium to support our students with a specific focus on Literacy, Maths and maximising the life opportunities for all students.
Claiming Free School Meals:
There is an issue with parents not claiming Free School Meals and therefore the Pupil Premium entitlement is not available. It is very important that parents let us know if they are in receipt of any of the following types of benefits, as we will not be automatically informed by the local government.
From April 2020 the new rates will be:
- £1,345 per primary-aged pupil
- £955 per secondary-aged pupil
To register for Free School Meals please complete the online form: Free School Meals Application
Pupil Premium Reports:
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium. At St Mary’s, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
statement of pupil premium strategy 2018-19 This strategy is reviewed annually – August/Sept.
At times, families may find that they require financial support to access additional activities or possibly fund visits. The Lupton Tower Trust is available to support families within the local area. Applications can be made via email. Please read the following leaflet.