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Pupil Premium Report

Pupil Premium Report 2018-2019



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.



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


The Department for Education’s Pupil Premium Funding 2019-20

In the current academic year, schools will receive £1320 per pupil of primary-school age (aged four years and over) and £935 per pupil of secondary-school age. With regards to children who are ‘looked after’, the allocation per pupil is £1900.


Pupil Premium 2018-19

Pupil Premium Allocation 2018-2019:

In 2018-2019, St Gregory’s received £100,430 as its Pupil Premium allocation and an additional £6900 for Looked After Pupil Premium Plus. This gave a total of £107330

Pupil Premium Spend 2017-2018


Play Therapy



Individualised behaviour management and reward strategies


Costed within budget

Additional Roles and Responsibilities


Costed within budget

Additional Adult Support – Lesson Time



One-to-One Support – TA


One-to-One Reading - TA


One-to-One Support – Teacher



One-to-One Reading – Teacher



One-to-One Reading – volunteer



Booster Programmes – Teacher



Booster Programmes – TA


Costed within budget

After-school/lunchtime /breakfast clubs

Lunchtime staff




Pupil Premium

and Visits Subsidy



Homework Club




CPD for staff (to ensure Quality First Teaching)



Pupil Premium Learning Support Assistant



Pupil Premium Champion – Leadership, Management and Support of Individual Children.

Memberships: dancing/ Brownies/ Summer School NSG/NRFC

Family Support Worker/ Uniform Support +Food Vouchers


Educational support +Resources







External Support e.g. Ed Psych.



Enrichment Opportunities









Pupil Premium 2019-20

Pupil Premium Allocation 2019-2020: 72 children in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding


In 2019-2020, St Gregory’s will receive £95,040 as its Pupil Premium allocation



Proposed Pupil Premium Spend 2019-2020:


Core Strategies


Estimated Costs

Pupil Premium Champion (SLT) / FSW – Leadership, Management and Pupil Progress Tracking

The role of the FSW is to work alongside the SLT on behalf of the children entitled to Pupil Premium in order that they are provided with the support they need to meet their individual basic needs in support of them to reach their full potential. The SLT sets, develops and monitors the effectiveness of the strategies put in place to ensure children entitled to Pupil Premium Funding make outstanding progress. The role includes co-ordinating all intervention and support programmes for the children for both academic progress and the social, emotional and behavioural progress. SLT will track children’s progress via progress data and teacher, pupil and parent questionnaires as well as working 1:1 and in small groups with the children entitled to the Pupil Premium Grant.








Morning Booster Programme for Reading and Mathematics Skills development

Children will have the opportunity to attend before-school clubs to practise their rapid recall mathematics skills and reading/reading comprehension supported by several members of staff.



Daily 1-1 Reading

Each child entitled to Pupil Premium will receive the opportunity to read 1:1 with an adult each day to develop their fluency and comprehension.

Funded through the general school budget

One-to-One Support


Classroom-based staff will provide learning support to children according to their individual needs.


Funded through the general school budget

Booster Groups


Class Based staff will provide support according to needs

Funded through the general school budget

Nurture work and Play Therapy

Where it is deemed appropriate, identified children will be offered support through activities that focus on their social, emotional and behavioural development.


Subsidised trips and visits

As a result of subsidised fees, all children entitled to Pupil Premium will enjoy a range of trips and visits.


Extended Learning Clubs

As a result of subsidised fees, all children entitled to Pupil Premium will have the opportunity to attend extended learning clubs.


Support from External services

The individual needs of children will be met as a result of support from external agencies, where this is deemed appropriate.

Funded through School Budget

Additional Support Strategies

Additional support strategies will be implemented during the year as needs are identified. This includes strategies for additional support to stretch the more able pupils entitled to the Pupil Premium Funding.

To be confirmed

Enrichment Opportunities

To support pupil Aspiration and awareness of life experiences. Inspiring Visitors will be sought to include: Growth Mindset, Science Workshops, Life Bus


Breakfast Club

children in support of Pupil Premium can access Breakfast club free of charge





£66117+ costs for strategies yet to be confirmed*

* Cost determined according to the needs of individual pupils during the academic year


Main barriers to learning for children entitled to Pupil Premium 2019-2020:

The challenges and barriers faced by the children entitled to the Pupil Premium funding are varied and there is no ‘one size fits all’. When making decisions about how best to use the funding, school leaders consider both the context of the whole school as well as children’s individual needs. Common barriers to learning identified can include lack of confidence, emotional resilience, learning independence, social interaction or limited support beyond the school day. School staff endeavour to support all pupils by providing high quality classroom teaching, supplemented by interventions, to support vulnerable learners as and when required and ensuring that pupils’ emotional needs are met. A focus on building learning resilience and building self-esteem to enable these children to tackle learning challenges more effectively is a continued key focus within the strategy for 2019-2020. Any attendance issues arising are dealt with immediately ensuring that attendance does not present an additional barrier to learning for our children.

How will the impact of Pupil Premium be measured in 2019-2020?

The use of funding is closely tracked over each half term using individual tracking sheets for children entitled to the Pupil Premium Funding. In addition, attainment and progress over the same periods are also tracked and thoroughly analysed. Expected outcomes and specific targets to be met are specified at the start of any planned intervention in order to overcome barriers to learning and promote individual progress and attainment. These interventions and the children’s progress within them are regularly tracked by SLT and adjusted as necessary, based on the progress made. In addition, social, emotional and behaviour related outcomes are tracked using a range of methods, including staff, pupil and parental surveys and case studies.

Monitoring and Review

The Executive Headteacher, supported by the Senior Leadership Team and the Family Support Worker (FSW), is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of this policy. This policy will be reviewed annually or earlier if necessary.

Pupil Premium Reviews take place regularly between the Executive Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team.



Pupil Premium Report 2017-2018

For the period 1st September 2017 to 31st August 2018 we received £114,572 in Pupil Premium funding to support outcomes for our disadvantaged children.  This has been spent in the following areas:

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.


 Action Plan 2017-2018:


 Impact of spending

To close the gap between the progress of disadvantaged children and their peers, especially in year 6. (teacher training; 1-1s; intervention and intervention resources; revision books and website subscriptions)


The progress of disadvantaged children in year 6 exceeded that of those not in receipt of pupil premium funding, especially those disadvantaged children with SEND and in maths.

To provide breakfast club to disadvantaged children to raise their attainment.


Disadvantaged children in all year groups are beginning to make progress in line with the rest of their peers. Pupil Premium children are punctual and the attendance of those registered for breakfast club is improving.

To provide a family support worker to increase the engagement of parents of disadvantaged children in their child’s education.


More children have been identified as being eligible for PP funding and the number of parents involved in their child’s education has increased. More parents of PP children are engaged with school events.

To increase opportunities for disadvantaged children to engage in extra-curricular activities and experiences.


Pupil voice continues to show the benefit to children of these extra-curricular activities – both academically and pastorally. Examples of these activities include: Music lessons and trips; Young Voices; choir excursions and competitions; class trips to support the curriculum such as Kenilworth Castle and Woburn safari park; WOW days such as Viking Day and a day to celebrate Black History Month; drama classes in school to improve confidence)

To ensure our pupils understand how to keep themselves healthy and safe.


Children are more aware of how to keep themselves safe in school and out of school and encourage each other too.     (Road safety workshops, NSPCC workshops, Healthy Eating workshops, mental health workshops and digital safety assemblies)

To improve assessment for learning practices so that staff can be fully aware of the individual needs of their disadvantaged children.


Lesson observations, book monitoring and learning walks indicate that there has been a positive impact of staff training on assessment for learning practices across school. Children are more aware of how to make progress in their lessons and lessons are better planned to reflect the needs, skills and understanding of pupils.

To improve outcomes for disadvantaged children by purchasing resources such as uniform, books and travel tickets to get them into school.


Attendance of Pupil Premium children is now within 1% of their peers, apart from in one year group where it has improved.

To improve outcomes in reading for disadvantaged children by engaging children in regular pupil voice activities and responding to their concerns; by updating our library to include books requested by our pupil premium children; by training reading mentors; by starting a reading club.


Pupil Premium pupils are becoming more interested in reading and tracking shows that progress is improving.



Action Plan for 2018-2019

In addition to those actions listed above, this year we will focus on the following areas for our pupil premium children.



To improve the quality of children’s writing.

Purchase dictionaries (both English and other languages where appropriate) and thesauruses for each classroom, including special ones to enhance the vocabulary used in writing and therefore to raise the quality of writing of more able Pupil Premium children.

To ensure we have and implement an appropriate handwriting scheme so that low prior attaining PP children and those with additional needs make the appropriate progress in their writing.

Train staff in developing handwriting.

Purchase handwriting books for children in KS2 as appropriate.

Put interventions in place to develop fine motor skills throughout the school.

To improve outcomes in reading.

Introduce Premier League Primary Stars run by Northampton Town Football Club.

Purchase Accelerated Reader and the accompanying resources to ensure children are challenged to raise aspiration in their reading.

Run staff training sessions on how best to deliver engaging and challenging reading lessons.

To improve pupil enjoyment of reading.

Purchase new books for classroom library corners and for our school library by buying books on the 100 book challenge list.

To raise aspirations of year 6 children by developing their growth mind-set.

Purchase ‘You are Awesome’ by Matthew Syed and implement a programme of assemblies and PSHE around this.

Develop the use of a language conducive to growth mind-set.

To develop effective and experienced pupil leaders.

Develop the habits outlined in The Leader in Me through assemblies and planning and reflecting on leadership opportunities.

Create opportunities for all children to be leaders both inside and outside of the classroom.

To ensure our children know how to keep themselves safe.

Attend locally run conferences for children on how to keep themselves safe in our local area.

Enhance our PSHE curriculum for all children.

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

Telephone: 01604 403511Fax: 01604 403606

St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Academies Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales under company registration number 09980467 and with registered address The Trust Office, Thomas Becket Catholic School, Becket Way, Kettering Road North, Northampton, England, NN3 6HT. St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School is a business name of St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Academies Trust.