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Pupil Premium

 

At St Gregory’s, we are passionate about learning and the education of our children. This coming year, as in all the years before it, we will strive for constant growth and improvement by responding effectively to school evaluation and our ever-changing demographic, in order that we can continue to make the children’s time in school inspiring, exciting and purposeful. We will carry on placing the children at the heart of all the decisions that we make and the actions we take. We believe that this approach will enable every child to understand the importance of learning and instil in them a love of learning that is life-long.

We believe that in order for all of our children to reach their full potential we must maintain our high expectations with regards to their academic development during their time at the school and beyond. We are also committed to developing children’s social, emotional, physical and behavioural growth through a holistic approach; we will achieve this through fair and equal opportunity for all – we want all of our children to have healthy bodies and healthy minds. We want our school to continue to be a place where everyone’s individuality, personal achievements and strengths are identified and celebrated; a place where children feel valued – where they are happy, safe, included and able to learn. We will support all children to embrace new challenges with confidence and become resilient citizens who are not afraid to learn from their mistakes thus developing a growth mindset.

At St Gregory’s, we, the staff and governors, believe that we are responsible for ensuring that every child in our care reaches their full potential academically and in all other areas of school life. In order to achieve this, it is fully understood that some children require additional support based around their individual needs and school staff work tirelessly in order that these needs are met. The Pupil Premium Grant is used to fund such support for those children entitled to benefit from it. The children’s needs are carefully assessed and support strategies implemented accordingly, in order that these children are not disadvantaged by their personal circumstances.

 

At St Gregory’s, we, the staff and governors, believe that we are responsible for ensuring that every child in our care reaches their full potential academically and in all other areas of school life. In order to achieve this, it is fully understood that some children require additional support based around their individual needs and school staff work tirelessly in order that these needs are met. The Pupil Premium Grant is used to fund such support for those children entitled to benefit from it. The children’s needs are carefully assessed and support strategies implemented accordingly, in order that these children are not disadvantaged by their personal circumstances.

 

Aims

We, the staff and governors, aim to:

  • Ensure that every child reaches their full academic potential
  • Ensure that every child flourishes with regards to their social, emotional, behavioural and physical development
  • Ensure that every child reaches their full potential in all areas of school life
  • Make provision for identified children in order that they are not disadvantaged by their personal circumstances
  • Raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers by using the Pupil Premium Grant effectively

 

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England; it is designed to help schools raise the attainment of disadvantaged children from Reception to Year 11 and close the gap between them and their peers.

Additionally, the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is designed to narrow the attainment gap between young children from low-income families and their peers by improving the facilities, equipment and learning experiences to benefit the growth and development of eligible 3 or 4 year old children. Any 4 year olds in primary school reception classes who already receive the school-age pupil premium are not eligible for EYPP funding.

 

Who should benefit from the Pupil Premium Grant?

Pupil Premium funding is allocated according to the number of children in each school, from Reception to Year Six, who:

  • Are entitled to Free School Meals
  • Have been entitled to Free School Meals during the last six years (this category is referred to as ‘Ever 6’)
  • Are ‘looked after’ children
  • Are adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order
  • Have parents in the regular armed forces, or who have been in the armed forces in the last four years

 

A child is eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium if:

  • they are 3 or 4 years old and receiving Government funded free entitlement in any OFSTED registered childcare provider and their parents/carers are in receipt of one or more of the benefits used to access eligibility for free school meals

or if they have been:

  • looked after by the Local Authority for at least one day
  • have been adopted from care in the Local Authority
  • have left care through special guardianship and are subject to a child arrangement order (formerly known as residence orders)

 

How are the children entitled to Pupil Premium identified?

The Government provides a list of children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years; this gives some information with regards to children who are entitled to Pupil Premium funding.

The Headteacher from the Local Authority’s Virtual School for ‘Looked After’ Children works to identify children who are deemed ‘looked after’ across the County and s/he informs the schools that these children attend.

 

On-Line Reporting

All schools are required to publish information about the Pupil Premium on their school websites; this information must include details about the impact of the Pupil Premium funding on pupil attainment and progress. At St Gregory’s, this policy document has been developed in readiness for the website; it contains a range of general information about the Pupil Premium, as well as making specific reference to the use of Pupil Premium at the school. The policy document is updated annually and is then uploaded on to the school’s website.

Schools are responsible for identifying children who are adopted; they must also share this information with the Government through the relevant school census in order that funding can be allocated accordingly.

For the Early Years Pupil Premium, parents/carers will be asked to supply details to allow a check to be run by the Local Authority; eligible parents will trigger a payment direct to the childcare setting

 


At St Gregory’s:

  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals, and will be reviewed annually in the summer term as well as regularly reviewed at School Committee meetings throughout the year.

St Gregory's Catholic Primary School: Grange Road, Northampton, NN3 2AX

Telephone: 01604 403511

office@sgcps.org

Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Academies Trust, C/o St Thomas More Secondary School, Tyne Crescent, Bedford, Mk41 7UL