Pupil Premium

The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant, which is additional to main school funding, is seen by the government as the best way to address the current underlying inequalities and to diminish disadvantage between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers, by ensuring that funding to diminish disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The Pupil Premium was then expanded to include children who met the following criteria:

Children who are currently eligible for FSM or other benefits

Children who had ever been eligible for FSM or other benefits during their time at primary school

Children from military families

Children who are, or have been, in the care of a Local Authority at any time in their lives

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. Schools can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. The funding levels vary according to the different categories outlined above, ranging from £300 to £1900 per child.

At Westbury Park School we support all our pupils.  We do this by providing high quality classroom teaching supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required in order to diminish disadvantage.  The School Leadership Team and Governing Body monitor the impact of all spending and interventions, including the Pupil Premium.

The ‘Pupil Premium Strategy 2016 - 2017’ gives more detail of other year group attainment and progress.

Impact Summary

In 2015 / 2016 there were 21 children who met the criteria for Pupil Premium.  We continued to support these children through small group work with specialist teachers in both Early Years, Keystage 1 and Keystage 2.  At the end of the year we found that Pupil Premium children across the school had made the most progress in Maths and the least progress in Writing.  Their starting and finishing point at the end of school remains lower than their peers which means that their disadvantage has not yet been diminished.  However these children would have made even less progress without the support afforded to them by the Pupil Premium funding.  We know from our data that eligibility for Pupil Premium alone is not necessarily an indicator of making less than expected progress at our school. 

We hope that this page enables parents to see how the Pupil Premium funding has been used this year in a way that is relevant to our school. If you have any further questions or comments, please do arrange to speak to Mr Bamber. 

If you eligible for Working Tax Credit or you are a serving member of the armed forces or your child is eligible for Free School Meals [Years 3 to 6] or has been in care, then we can claim Pupil Premium and use it to support your child's development. 

Note from Marvin Rees to Parents about Pupil Premium