Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Department for Education provides additional funding to schools for pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals; pupils who are cared for and pupils with parents in the Armed Forces.

The Pupil Premium Grant is currently £1,320 for each pupil eligible for free school meals. The funding is intended to ‘diminish the difference’ between the attainment of pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium funding and those who are not.


Mrs. Rosie Hemmings is our Pupil Premium Champion and Mrs. Jane Woodward is the governor with responsibility for monitoring the use of the Pupil Premium Grant.


If you think your child might be eligible for free school meals, please contact the school office for further information.


How much Pupil Premium funding is allocated for 2018/2019?

Bollington St. John’s School currently receives a Pupil Premium Grant of £19,800. This is based on pupils, on roll and eligible for Pupil Premium funding, at the time of the January 2018 census.

Our pupil population changes during the year but the funding for 2018/2019 remains the same until the January 2019 census when it is likely to be £18,060.


What are the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at our school?

  • Emotional well-being, particularly lack of resilience and independence skills.
  • Low academic baseline – Many of our Pupil Premium pupils have identified additional needs or require some form of specific provision.
  • Support from home and limited experiences of the wider curriculum and community.


How the grant is used to address those barriers and the reasons for that approach?

How we spend the funding is a whole school decision. We refer to the Educational Endowment Fund to select the best ways to improve pupils’ academic progress, emotional well-being and ensure inclusion in all the school has to offer.

  • We are currently involved in the ‘Emotionally Healthy Schools’ initiative. Training has been provided by Visyon to rollout the programme across the school. It is proving to be very beneficial for supporting pupils who are experiencing emotional difficulties. We also provide restorative group work, social skills and access to our ‘Woodland Schools’ provision. This provides opportunities to develop confidence, problem solving and team building skills.
  • Funding skilled teaching assistant support enables us to offer targeted support in class and a range of interventions, either 1:1 or in small groups, to ‘diminish the gap’ between Pupil Premium pupils and their peers. Specific resources, specialist advice and staff training is also provided.
  • We host regular events for parents to advise them on changes to the curriculum, how we teach Maths, how to prepare their child for starting school etc.
  • To enable all pupils to participate in out of school activities, we fund school trips, after school clubs, residential visits, swimming and the opportunity to play a musical instrument.


How we measure the impact of the Pupil Premium Grant

  • All teaching staff are aware of who is eligible for Pupil Premium and this informs their planning. Regular assessments allow them to give pupils effective feedback. 
  • Pre and post assessment data from reading tests, spelling tests and Maths assessments etc. are used to provide a base-line to track the impact of interventions. These are monitored every 6 weeks with input from pupils, the lead adult and the SENCO.
  • Pupil voice questionnaires and ‘feelings sheets’ are used to give an indication of pupils’ sense of well-being.
  • Pupil Premium pupils have an action plan, a tracking and/or profile sheet with advice on Quality First Teaching strategies, interventions/support provided, medical needs, outside agencies involvement and desired outcomes. Progress is monitored each term, at a designated staff meeting. 


The Pupil Premium strategy is reviewed termly and will be updated in July 2019


For the previous academic year 2017/2018 - the Pupil Premium Grant allocation was £19,800.


This was mainly used to provide additional adult support, resources and staff training to enhance the learning of Pupil Premium pupils. We funded a School Counsellor until May 2018 when she moved to Pershore. We are hoping to replace her but in the meantime, small group support is being used to improve social interaction and emotional well-being. Professional development included whole school training on well-being, developing a growth mind-set and the use of different types of feedback to progress learning.

Funding for school trips, clubs, uniform etc. ensured all Pupil Premium pupils were fully included in the opportunities offered by the school.


Impact Summary


KS1 – Non Pupil Premium children out performed Pupil Premium children in the KS1 SATs – Reading, SPaG and Maths (Results skewed by low number of Pupil Premium children)

KS2 – Non Pupil Premium pupils out performed the Pupil Premium children in Reading, SPaG and Maths in the KS2 SATs.

Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 – 3 Pupil Premium pupils were working at or above age expectations.

Pupil Premium pupils working below age expectations have progressed from their individual starting points.


The Indirect Dyslexia Learning programme continues to be a success and is renewed annually. The majority of Pupil Premium pupils have improved their reading and spelling scores and say they enjoy working through the programme.

Access to the emotional well-being groups and the nurture activities has led to an increased sense of well-being and self-confidence.

All Pupil Premium children had access to school trips and clubs, weekly swimming lessons, Woodland Schools and the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.

There remains a gap between the attainment of Pupil Premium pupils and their peers.              Some pupils have specific difficulties which impact on their learning. School has access to regular advice and support from the Educational Psychology Service and the Cheshire East Autism Team, through their consultation process. Advice can also sort from outside agencies such as the Speech and Language Service, Paediatric Occupational and Physiotherapy Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and the School Nursing Service.

We have identified a lack of independence skills which improves significantly by the time pupils leave us in Year 6. We will continue to work on ways to develop emotional well-being, resilience and independence skills by encouraging pupils to be more involved in shaping their learning.



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Bollington St John's CE Primary School

Grimshaw Lane
Macclesfield Cheshire
SK10 5LY

Tel: 01625 572 025