Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011 to provide additional support for students form disadvantaged backgrounds. Extra funding has been made available to support these students. Pupil Premium money is provided for those pupils who have been on Free School Meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (Ever 6) or for Look After Children.

For the year 2016/2017 the Pupil Premium had a value of £935.00 per eligible student. There is also a provision of £300 for pupils who have a parent in the armed forces/adopted and £1900 per LAC.

St Mary’s is a highly inclusive comprehensive school. The Pupil Premium allows us to give targeted individual additional support so that every pupil, however financially disadvantaged, is able to:

  • improve their levels of attainment and progress
  • close attainment gaps relative to the rest of the school cohort
  • have full access to our curriculum
  • access our extra-curricular provision

Qualifying Students

Qualifying pupils in the January census resulted in a grant of £151,831.25 for the academic year 2016/2017.
We received this money in regular instalments and these funds were in addition to the main school budget (the general annual grant).
Interventions for each student were decided on an individual, needs-led basis. This meant that pupils were able to benefit from more than one intervention at any time.


 Total number of pupils 1,000 Number of pupils eligible for PP:       

173 (17.4%)

Date of next internal review 09/2018
Summary Information     Review Date: Nov 2017
Academic Year:   2017/2018 Total PP budget (est) £160,000.00 Date of most recent PP review N/A
Profile of our Pupil Premium Students
Total 167
Year 7 42 (including 4 x adopted)
Year 8 28 (including 2 x adopted, 2 x service)
Year 9 39 (including 2 x adopted, 1 x service)
Year 10 38 (1 x adopted)
Year 11 20 (1 x adopted)

During the course of the year, we identified the key barriers for our Pupil Premium students and focused on helping our students to overcome these barriers.

Barriers to future attainment
In-school barriers
A. Literacy skills are weaker for some PP students which affects progress (particularly vocabulary).
B. Lack of aspiration and fulfilment of potential.
C. Lack of progress and engagement of some high ability students eligible for PP preventing sustained high achievement in KS4.
External Barriers
D. Lack of resilience and emotional well-being.
E. Lack of engagement with enrichment activities.
F. Basic care and nutrition can be lacking.
G. Lack of aspiration from some family homes.
H. Attendance issues with a small cohort of PP pupils.

Further information about our Pupil Premium Strategy is available here: Pupil Premium Strategy 2017/2018