Pupil Premium Information

The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to schools and academies to:

  • raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

  • support children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.


It was first introduced in April 2011.  Since then the amount schools and academies receive has increased.  Schools and academies will receive funding based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever6).



£1,320 for each eligible primary aged pupil.

£1,900 for each Looked After Child.

£300 for each Service Child.


The Department for Education has clear expectations how the Pupil Premium Grant may be spent:

  • for the purposes of the school, ie, for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school;

  • for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies;

  • on community facilities, eg, services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated.


The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools in the financial year beginning 1 April 2015; some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years.



1.      The Cathedral has a commitment to raise achievements for pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium and knows these pupils must make faster progress than non-eligible pupils and is determined to achieve this.

2.      The Cathedral never confuses eligible pupils with low ability and strives to ‘bring out the best’ in this group of pupils and support them to achieve the highest levels.

3.      The Cathedral creates an overall package of support aimed to tackle the range of barriers including; attendance, behaviour, external factors, professional development focussing on improving outcomes for eligible pupils, improving the quality of teaching and learning, language acquisition, parental engagement, opportunities for first-hand experiences and development of literacy and numeracy skills.

4.      The Cathedral uses assessment systems to track and enable thorough analysis of data (Reading, Writing and Maths) to identify pupils who are under achieving and why.

5.      The Cathedral directs resources and interventions to accelerate progress of eligible pupils and close the attainment gap compared to their peers.

6.      The Cathedral uses data to carefully track the impact of targeted spending (interventions, projects or pedagogy) on attainment and progress of eligible pupils.

7.      The Inclusion Manager, Mrs Benson and the Headteacher, Miss Hannah,l have a clear overview of how funding is allocated and the difference it is making to the outcomes of pupils termly.

8.      The Cathedral ensures class teachers, phase leaders and subject leaders know which pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium so they can take responsibility for accelerating progress and accountability is shared across the academy.

9.      The Governing Body is ambitious for pupils and closely monitors the school’s effectiveness in closing the gap between different groups of pupils. This is the particular focus of the Nominated governor for Pupil Premium, Joan Fox.



In 2015/16, Cathedral School received £74,220 pupil premium funding. It was used to facilitate the following:




1:1 and small group support to provide valuable targeted intervention in English and maths;


Rapid progress seen in English and maths, bringing children in line with YGE

The setting up of a nurture room to provide valuable nurture group provision where needed;


Vulnerable children have access to a safe, comfortable environment where they can receive support for emotional and other support

Play therapy to boost self-esteem and confidence;


67% of children in receipt of play therapy made improvements using counsellor SDQ scores.

Enabling pupils to participate in a range of educational visits and visitors to stimulate and enhance learning;


Children have access to wide and varied enhancements to the curriculum including visits to museums, in-school workshops and storytelling visitors to school.

Providing before-school provision to improve punctuality and attendance;


Attendance improved from 94.5% to 94.8% and PA down to 12%

Providing after-school and summer holiday provision to engage pupils in a range of social and structured activities to improve confidence, build relationships and widen experiences.


Impact seen in the way that children relate to each other. The findings of the recent Section 48 Inspection stated ‘Pupils treat others with respect and acknowledge that their behaviour always has consequences. There is an atmosphere of reconciliation where pupils learn to forgive and to start each day afresh, recognising good in everyone as they grow together in faith and love to serve the community.’

Providing access to outside sporting activities.


The increased uptake of inter-school opportunities. E.g. Participation in athletics has increased from 4 to 18 children since September



It is anticipated that we will recieve £76,000 during 2016/2017 and it will be used to facilitate the following:




Teaching staff

0.2 of Inclusion Manager’s hours supporting, organising  and monitoring provision of PPG and some hours from Deputy Head to work with children on a 1:1


To support, organise and monitor provision for PPG so that their attainment and progress are in line with their abilities.

Support Staff

To advertise for 2 full time TA1


To support identified children under the close direction of the class teacher and to ensure that progress is in line with their abilities.

TA 2 hours which includes nurture provision and targeted interventions monitored by Inclusion manager

£31 000

To reduce challenging behaviour and increase attainment in line with other children.

HLTA hours to allow teachers to work 1:1

£10 500

To provide feedback to PPG children to ensure rates of attainment are at least in line with other children.

Administrative staff

Administrative support for Inclusion manager


To provide daily administrative support, ensuring that rates of referral for PPG children are swift and effective


Resources to support PPG children



To allow PPG children to have access to personalised resources including school uniform. ( linked to attendance objective)

Digital Technology

Use digital technology to support learning.


To allow collaborative use of technology to increase rates progress of PPG learners.


Milk (in line with previous spending) and recommended catering contract

£10 150

To ensure PPG children have access to regular nutritious meals.

Bought in professional services

Inclusion manager to buy in any services to support PPG children



For PPG children to improve Strength and Difficulties scores over a 6/12 week period

For PPG to use the breakfast  and out of school club

£3 375 (Breakfast) and £650 for out of school

For PPG children to maintain attendance record above 95%