Appleshaw St Peter's

Church of England Primary School

Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The government introduced pupil premium funding in April 2011.  It is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools provide targeted support for vulnerable children – not necessarily just the pupils who qualify for FSM.

The government believes that the pupil premium funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and non-FSM children to ensure the funding reaches the pupils who need it most. They also receive a smaller amount of funding for children of service personnel. Schools are also accountable for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups.


Further information from the DfE can be found here:

Our Pupil Premium Strat​egy

We have an inclusive approach to education which values the whole child. Our Christian Values of Love, Fellowship and Justice guide our thinking and decision making for all members of the school community.

Standards of behaviour and attendance are very good. Pupils enjoy school, feel valued and make a positive contribution.

We have a constant focus on improving teaching and learning. Our key school improvement targets are geared towards improving our practice and achieving better outcomes for all pupil groups.

We have a skilled Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and experienced Learning Support Staff who are able to offer a wide range of interventions to support the various needs that pupils present in school.

We deploy staff to best meet the needs of pupils. A significant amount of support time is targeted at early intervention in Years R-2 so that pupils have the basic skills required as they move into Key Stage 2. We employ a ‘Learning Mentor’ who works with pupils regularly to keep a track on their progress and offer support and encouragement.

We have a robust internal tracking system which enable us to track pupils individual and respond to concerns in a timely manner. Pupil progress meetings are conducted at least termly and alongside the class teacher are attend by the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, SENCo and a governor.

The Headteacher provides robust challenge for all members of staff and encourages a culture whereby expectations are high, thinking is challenged and innovation is encouraged.


Pupil Premium Grant Allocation for 2018/19: £17594


Barriers to educational achievement at Appleshaw

We recognise a number of barriers to learning which our staff, through excellent knowledge of each individual pupil and carefully directed resources seek to minimise so that all pupils are able to achieve their best in all aspects of the curriculum. Barriers to educational achievement we might experience include:

  • lack of independence
  • low resilience
  • low self-esteem
  • poor early language skills

For details of how we'll spend the pupil premium to help overcome these barriers, why we've made these choices and how we'll measure the effect please see the attached document.

  1. Pupil Premium Action Plan 2018-19
  2. Pupil Premium Budget Statement