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Pupil Premium / Disadvantaged Pupils


The Pupil Premium is a government grant allocated to each pupil on free school meals, identified as a ‘child looked after (CLA)’ or whose parents are in the Forces. The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.


As of 2016/17, we currently have 174 pupils eligible for funding. With a pupil role of 366 totals 48% of the children will access the Pupil Premium grant. We anticipate a grant of £225,500. However, it must be noted that the total cost of the provisions we have in place total well over this at £328,587. During 2015/16, the school had 169 eligible pupils (50%) releasing a grant of £223,080. During 2014/15, the school had 202 eligible pupils (55%) releasing a grant of £207,300.


Governors and leaders have a strongly held belief that our best resource is our people. Many of our pupils have troubled home lives and as a result have communication issues, social issues and self-esteem issues. Furthermore, on entry many of our pupils are below national expectations. Thornhill is an area of extremely high deprivation - within the UK it falls into the top 5%. Other barriers include low incomes (top 5% of UK), low employment (top 10% of UK), poor level of education and skills (top 5% of UK), high crime rate (top 5% UK), income deprivation affecting children (top 5% of UK) and high levels of ill-health and disability. The Thornhill estate is entering 'Fourth generation of unemployment' with many lone parents and high levels of benefits claimants. Therefore, we ensure that pupil premium spending has to go above and beyond, in order to meet the needs of this group of children. Accelerating their learning and diminishing the difference between them and national other pupils is a top priority of the school. We have evidence that over time, that our approaches ensure our dis-advantaged children make exceptional progress. 


Our Disadvantaged/Pupil Premium leader Rita Mulcahy works throughout the year tracking, analysing and ensuring that strategies, systems and processes are having the best possible impact. The way in which the school spends the grant is reviewed regularly and the aim for all pupils is to make excellent progress. Kerry Stamp (Headteacher) is a National Leader of Education and formal Pupil Premium reviewer. Both Rita and Kerry have carried out a number of reviews in other schools across the South.


The next formal review of Thornhill Primary school's pupil premium strategy will take place in July 2017.

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How are we spending this year’s funding? (2016/2017)


  • Employ an additional teacher 1 day a week in Early Years to support the foundation stage.

  • Employ a part time bi-lingual assistant to support the significant rise on entry in Year R EAL pupils, as well as support those who are new to the country in Years 1-6.   

  • Discontinue mix-year aged group (historically mixed Year 3/4) due to 45 intake. Now split into separate year groups giving reduced class sizes to enable accelerated progress. 2014/2015 Year R increased to 60 from 45. 2015/2016 Year R maintained at 60 intake. The school will continue to grow at 60 per year group up until the point at which the school reaches full capacity = 420 pupils in 7 year groups, 14 classes. During 2016/2017 this means that within KS2 there are still smaller class sizes with a greater adult/ pupil ratio. 

  • Year 5 and 6 reduced class sizes to enable accelerated progress.

  • Continue to provide each year group with a teaching assistant every afternoon to support personalised intervention programmes and allow independent and personalised learning.

  • Provide each Year 1 class with a teaching assistant, full time in order to support accelerated progress for those that did not reach a Good Level of Development (GLD). 

  • Continue to employ a Speech & Language Therapist in order to support our SEND provision. New to 2016/2017 increased hours of TAs trained in Speech and Language therapy to meet the growing need. 

  • Continue to support social and emotional development through a KS1 and KS2 Nurture Group.

  • Continue to employ a Home School Liaison Officer (HSLA) to support parent and carer communication, attendance and child protection. New to 2016/2017 increased hours to meet the growing need. 

  • Purchase of additional EWO time (Educational Welfare Officer) to work across the Cluster schools to promote and support improved attendance.

  • Appoint a one-to-one teacher to work with Year 5 & 6 to provide specialist English Writing interventions.

  • Appoint a one-to-one teacher to work with Year 3, 4 5 & 6 to provide specialist English Reading & Writing interventions.

  • Appoint a one-to-one teacher to work with Year 1 & 2 to provide specialist English Reading & Writing interventions.

  • Appoint a one-to-one teacher to work with Year 1 & 2 to provide specialist Maths interventions.

  • Appoint a part time one-to-one teacher to work with KS2 to provide specialist maths interventions. 

  • Continue to employ additional Special Needs Assistants across the school, in classes during the morning and working on specific programmes & interventions during the afternoons based on the SEN provision map. New to 2016/2017 an additional TA to support this growing need. 

  • Continue to employ ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) for group and individual pupil support.

  • Continue to dedicate a proportion of Assistant head time to further enhance school family links and lead the ELSA and Nurture programmes.

  • Continue to dedicate a proportion of Head of School and second (new September 2015) Assistant Headteacher's time to further booster provisions. New to 2016/2017 employ a curriculum enrichment lead role one day a week. 

  • Continue to dedicate a proportion of Headteacher and Head of School time to further booster provisions, particularly in year 2 and 6 during the Spring and Summer terms.

  • Provide regular release for Disadvantage/Pupil Premium leader to review effectiveness of pupil premium provision and ensure that the interventions they are receiving are accelerating progress and closing gaps rapidly. 

  • Provide financial support to those eligible for Pupil Premium for new uniform, book bags and home reading log books. 

  • Support the new implementation, training and roll out of whole school 'Bug Club' programme in order to enrich and accelerate progress of reading both in school and at home. 

  • Purchase resources for key school development initiatives during 2016/2017- Growth Mindset, Outdoor learning. Redesigning lunchtime provision; these resources are supporting enquiry, engagement, challenge and perseverance opportunities at lunchtime. Development of the pond area. Creation and use of the reflection area. 

  • Run before and after school booster provision for targeted year 2 and year 6 pupils during the Spring term. 

  • Run PIG (Parent Intervention Groups) for Years 1,3,5 after school inviting those pupils who are not yet at national expectations for their age to join a 'fun' learning session with their parents in order to promote positive learning experiences and tasks for families to take home and try.




Impact of spending report 2015/2016

Impact of spending report 2014/2015 Pupil Premium

Impact of spending 2013/2014 Pupil Premium

Should you require any further information contact our Pupil Premium/Disadvantaged leader Rita Mulcahy -