Pupil Premium Reports

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and  is a Government initiative that provides additional funding aimed at pupils from deprived backgrounds.

Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non‐deprived peers. The Pupil Premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential by accelerating their progress.

The Government has used pupils entitled to Free School Meals and those who are looked after as an indicator for deprivation. They have given a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School Meals and who are looked after by the local authority.

 A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the academic, emotional and social well-being of these pupils.

At St.Mary's the Mount School we aim to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils 

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, 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 their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

At St.Mary's the Mount we will:

  • Use the Pupil Premium funding to narrow the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peer.
  • Identify the individual child's needs and target support appropriately in order to make a significant impact on their lives and their achievement. we will look at the whole child's needs when implementing a plan.
  • Work with parents to maximise the impact of pupil premium support.
  • Maintain high expectations and standards for each child.

 We are mindful of:

  • Early language and communication development skills - this is an increasing issue  with the introduction of each new cohort
  • The increasing number of children come from disadvantaged families
  • Reduced income families and the pressures this brings
  • Low self esteem-often as a result of one or more of the above