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Pupil Premium

St. Thomas’ Catholic Primary School receives Pupil Premium funding from the government to support those children who are in receipt of free school meals (FSM) or who have received FSM in the last six years.  This money is for the school to spend on areas where they can add value to the child’s education as a strong, rounded education is vital to improving life chances.

 

For 2015/16 the school is estimated to receive £73,030.00. The school plan to use this money in the following areas to add value to pupil premium children:

  • Salary of one Key Stage 1 teacher with a special focus on Pupil Premium children,
  • Salary of one Key Stage 2 teacher with a special focus on Pupil Premium children,
  • Salary of the Parent Support Advisor,
  • Expenses for Pupil Premium children participating in educational visits,
  • Expenses for Pupil Premium children with regards to uniform supplies.

 

St. Thomas’ received £70,300 Pupil Premium money for the financial year 2014-2015. 

 

As a school we use our rigorous monitoring and tracking system of all pupils to identify where both gaps in and, barriers to learning exist and plan various intervention strategies to support pupil progress and attainment.  The Pupil Premium money helped us to achieve this by allowing us to access: 

 

  •  Parent Support Advisor to work with parents to reduce barriers to learning for children.
  • Additional qualified teacher in KS2 for targeted support.
  • Booster classes so that children can get the additional support that they need in focused, small groups with individually tailored lessons.
  • Intervention groups –support given to allow full access to the curriculum.
  • Pastoral support for pupils with home issues challenging their readiness to learn in school.
  • Homework club – enabling children who might not otherwise have internet access to use our resources to complete homework and research projects.
  • All clubs paid for so that full participation in all areas of school life is not dependant on home income.  This year we have run chess club, multi-skills club, dance club, musical theatre club, cookery club, Change for Life club, Team Theme, science club, rugby club and hockey club. 
  • Payment for offsite educational visits ensuring full involvement of all children in learning enhancing activities.
  • Visiting theatre group to boost whole school writing and RE.
  • Uniform, PE kits and book bags purchased to give all children a sense of belonging and a place in our school.
  • Swimming lessons paid for.
  • Counselling service level agreement.
  •  THRIVE programme run throughout the school.
  • Talking and Drawing training
  • Staff training in writing, with a strong focus on improving writing for boys
  • Reading and Inference staff training.
  • Transferring some capital towards refurbishments and redevelopment of the learning environment.   

As a school we have been recognised as achieving truly wonderful results for all of our children, but especially for those in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.  Please read the letters sent by David Laws, Minister for State for Schools and Professor Anne Bamford, Director of Education at the education commission for the Diocese of Southwark.

 

End of Key Stage 2 results May 2015

KS2 percentage of Pupil Premium pupils who achieved Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths:

 

Reading 100%

Writing 100%

Maths 75%

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling 75%

 

KS2 percentage of Pupil Premium pupils who achieved Level 5 or above in reading, writing and maths:

 

Reading 62.5%

Writing 25%

Maths 50%

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling 25%

 

KS2 pupils who made 2 levels progress

Reading 100%

Writing 100%

Maths 75%

 

KS2 pupils who made 3 levels progress

Reading 50%

Writing 37.5%

Maths 50%

 

End of Key Stage 1 results May 2015

 

KS1 percentage of Pupil Premium pupils who achieved Level 2b or above in reading, writing and maths:

 

Reading 100%

Writing 85.7%

Maths 85.7%

 

KS1 percentage of Pupil Premium pupils who achieved Level 3+ in reading, writing and maths:

 

Reading 14.3%

Writing 14.3%

Maths 28.6%

 

 

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