Guildhall Feoffment

Bridewell Lane,
Bury St. Edmunds,
Suffolk, IP33 1RE.

Tel: 01284 754840


Pupil Premium

‘Great schools are a cradle for resilient, effective and confident learners regardless of their socio-economic background.’

Marc Rowland, A Practical Guide to The Pupil Premium


What is Pupil Premium? 

The Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the government to help schools like ours close the attainment gap between children from families on low-income or income support and entitled to free school meals, and their peers. Closing the attainment gap means identifying where (and why) eligible pupils are under-performing when compared with their peers and removing any barriers to learning which may be causing this gap in performance. 

This additional income is to be used specifically for pupils eligible for pupil premium, in a variety of ways, including: targeted teaching interventions, support with behaviours for learning and well-being, assisting with readiness for school and accessing enriched curriculum opportunities, such as educational visits and resources, which they would not otherwise be able to afford. 

This funding is available for pupils who have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years, or have been looked after by a local authority for a continuous period of one day or more (LAC), or who have a parent in the armed services.  


Our aims for Pupil Premium 

  • to raise attainment and progress for our eligible pupils;

  • to close the attainment gap between pupils eligible for pupil premium funding and those who are not;

  • to ensure our eligible pupils have the same opportunities for an enriched learning experience;

  • to reduce or remove those barriers to learning which may be preventing our eligible pupils from reaching their fullest potential, including: readiness for school, well-being and behaviour, speech and language, literacy and numeracy skills.


 Opportunity for all 

We want to ensure that every child in our school is given the best possible opportunity to flourish and make good progress, not only academically, but socially and emotionally too, developing attitudes, behaviours and skills they will carry into their adult lives. We believe that all children are entitled to a good education, filled with enriching and motivating opportunities, but we know that some of our pupils have disadvantages which would preclude them from accessing these enriching opportunities if this additional funding were not available. We know too that some, though not all, of our pupils eligible pupils may have educational needs that hinder their ability to access our curriculum. We want to ensure that they receive the extra support they need so that they too can make good progress in all areas, like their peers. 

Where possible, any educational visits and extra-curricular events that require a fee, may be subsidised for our eligible pupils if the cost cannot be met by parents or carers. The Pupil Premium fund is there to enable equal opportunities for all.  


Regular reviews 

The strategies and support measures we put in place using the Pupil Premium grant need to have impact on our pupils’ learning and progress. In order to ascertain the level of this impact, and how we can improve further, we conduct a variety of evaluations through the year. Oversight of how this income is spent, and its impact, is carried out by the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and a member of the school’s governing body who has specific responsibility for Pupil Premium. 

Some of this impact is long-term and leads to improved attitudes, behaviours and skills that are transferred into adulthood. However, some impact is more immediate and can be tracked by looking at the academic performance of our eligible pupils compared with their peers. 

Half-termly progress meetings are held at the school, in which all teachers present assessment data to show the attainment and progress of all the pupils in their class. A key feature of these meetings is a focused discussion on the children eligible for pupil premium in their class and their performance compared to other pupils. Where there is an attainment gap, colleagues are encouraged to demonstrate what steps they are taking to close this gap, and what ways in which the school leadership can support them, either through the deployment of current staff, subsidizing educational visits or buying in specialist help to address academic, social and behavioural needs which may be acting as barriers to learning. We regularly monitor and evaluate the ways in which we spend this pupil premium income and the impact that our actions have on our eligible pupils’ learning.



 The total PP grant rec'd for 17-18 financial year was £79,700.

 The ways in which we have spent the Pupil Premium grant in the last academic year are listed below, with a rationale and ultimate impact on our eligible pupils’ learning and progress.




‘At the heart of every successful school, strong leadership of the Pupil Premium underpins success.

The ambitions for the pupils are driven by values, by ambition for the school community.’

Marc Rowland, A Practical Guide to The Pupil Premium.


The Academic Year 2018-2019

 Looking forward to this new academic year, we will continue to serve the same aims for our eligible pupils as above, but will also make extra efforts to raise aspirations for all our pupils, including those eligible for pupil premium funding, by:

  • articulating a new ethos and vision for our school, with new community values that raise ambitions and encourage pride in our school community;
  • establishing an inspirational speakers programme (speakers who will visit our school to talk about their experiences and professional roles);
  • increasing the number of educational visits and inspiring trips to broaden horizons and increase interest in the world around us;
  • holding a careers convention, where local organisations can visit our school to share with our pupils who they are, what they do, and how they serve our local community;
  • building closer links with our local secondary schools and further education institutions, welcoming students and their tutors to our school to inspire our children and share their own stories of success.


We also aim to improve our communication and collaboration with parents of our eligible pupils, so that we can work in partnership with them to assist with:

  • developing reading, writing and oracy skills at home
  • developing mathematics skills at home
  • supporting well-being, social and emotional skills at home
  • working with us to instill ambition, resilience and a growth mindset in their children.




 The total PP grant for financial year 2018-19 will be £73,880.

 The ways in which we will spend the Pupil Premium grant for this year are listed below, with a rationale. The ultimate impact on our eligible pupils’ learning and progress will be posted at the end of the year