Introduction to the Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

In the 2019 to 2020 financial year, secondary schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £935 for pupils in Year 7 to Year 11

Schools will also receive £2,300 for each pupil who has left local authority care because of one of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order (SGO)
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £2,300 rate.

Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £2,300 of Pupil Premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing Pupil Premium funding for looked-after children. In our authority the VSH releases £1,000 per LAC as a basic entitlement and then the school places a bid for funding above the £1,000 through a PEP. 

St Mary’s Catholic High School Pupil Premium Allocation

Our Pupil Premium allocation for the 2019-2020 academic year is estimated to be £245,000. This is because approximately 20% of our pupils (257) are eligible for the Pupil Premium funding.

We will measure the impact of this spend through our half termly data collection points where we will monitor and track the cohort rigorously.

Our overarching aim at St Mary’s is for our Disadvantaged Pupils (DP’s) to perform in line with the Non-DP’s nationally across all key measures.

Our Pupil Premium Strategy 

Education is not just for the elite. It is for everyone regardless of the circumstances into which they are born. In order to ensure students from every background get the same opportunities as everyone else, teachers must pay meticulous attention to Disadvantaged Pupils.  This is important as it is these students who stand to gain the most from effective teaching and learning. Firstly, it is important to note that Disadvantaged Pupils cannot be stereotyped and they certainly do not function or perform as a homogenous group. 

Our Pupil Premium strategy looks at identifying 'INDIVIDUAL BARRIERS TO LEARNING' and breaks them down for each child. The graduated response that is presented the presentation below has been designed to ensure our Pupil Premium provision is both transparent and sustainable. The main mantra underpinning the strategy is 'EXCELLENCE and EQUITY'.

EXCELLENCE - In terms of providing an outstanding support package for ALL disadvantaged pupils and evidencing the impact.  This will include pastoral support, academic achievement, data tracking, extra-curricular activities, improved life experiences, careers advice and guidance (Mind, Body and Soul).

EQUITY - In terms of 'levelling the playing field' for ALL disadvantaged students.



Headlines from summer 2019 results for Disadvantaged Pupils 

This can be found on the impact document for the PP spend for 2018-2019 which is located on the right hand side of the page.

Pupil Premium Handbook