Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools by the government. Pupil Premium is awarded to pupils who have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) during the past six years and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months (LAC). We have 49% of our children eligible for pupil premium, which is 23% above the National Average. The total amount of pupil premium allocated in 2015/2016 was £112,500 and the allocation for the current academic year 2016/2017 is £115,476.
At St Matthew’s CE Primary School, pupil premium funding is used to ensure all disadvantaged children thrive and are effectively supported to achieve academic success and be secondary ready.. This means closing the gap between the attainment of these pupils and their peers. St Matthew’s is committed to addressing this and are ambitious for every child to achieve and succeed with us. The impact of this focus can be seen in improved outcomes for pupils in receipt of free school meals over the past three years. 2015-2016 SSAT Educational Outcome Award for Closing the Gap top 20%
St. Matthew’s understands that in order for our children to succeed they need to be school-ready and have access to the highest quality teaching to close gaps. Therefore in 2016/2017 we will spend our Pupil Premium on ensuring these twin aims are met. Our Pupil Premium Statement explains the nature, aims and impact of our spending as well as an impact review of previous spending.