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Pupil Premium/Disadvantaged Pupils

Please read the information below which gives details of Pupil Premium.

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 September 2017, we currently have 182 pupils eligible for funding. The DfE identified 181 children through January 2017 census for the funding. We anticipate a grant of £238,900. With a pupil role of 379 totals 48% of the children will access the Pupil Premium grant. However, it must be noted that the total cost of the provisions we have in place total well over this amount. 


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 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.


How are we spending the money in 2017-2018?


  • Discontinue mix-year aged group (historically mixed Year 3/4) due to 45 intake. PAN set at 60 for Years R, 1, 2, 3 and 5 (Year 3 and Year 5 are not full at 60. Jan 2018 Year 3 = 59 Year 5 = 53) PAN set at 45 for Years 4 and 6.
  • Continue to employ a Speech & Language Therapist from DK 1 full day every three weeks looking to increase from April 2018 onto 1 day a fortnight.
  • Continue to support social and emotional development through a KS1 and KS2 Nurture Group (staffing, resources, food, % of leadership salary for support, monitoring, evaluation and CPD training for new staff within Nurture)
  • Employment of a HSLO to support parent and carer communication, attendance and child protection.
  • One to one teachers: x1 4 days English for KS2, x2 half the week all subjects KS1 and 2, x1 3 mornings a week Maths
  • Qualified teacher to run the intervention groups for English, Maths, Phonics (known as ‘Finches’) 5 mornings a week for those who have specific need
  • Attribute a proportion of Leadership (SLT and middle leaders) time to run boosters during, before and after school.
  • 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 5 afternoons a week. (IEPS)
  • Continue to employ ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) for group and individual pupil support 5 mornings a week
  • 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 – 5 days a year.
  • Provide financial support to those eligible for Pupil Premium for new uniform.
  • Continue to provide each year group with a teaching assistant every afternoon to support personalised intervention programmes.
  • HLTA / Early years specialist into Year R
  • Purchase SPAG 10 minute booster revision books for Year 6 pupils
  • Purchase Maths 10 minute booster revision books for Year 6 pupils
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Impact of Pupil Premium spend 2016-2017

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 -