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St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School

“I have called you by your name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium funding is a sum in the region of £1340.00 per annum for the academic year 2020/21 given to our school in respect of each child currently eligible for Free School Meals (or who has been in the previous six years), Looked After Children and children of services families.


The aim of the funding is to raise achievement and improve outcomes for these pupils. For the academic year 2019/20, our school received the sum of £14,520.00 Pupil Premium funding and it is estimated to be in the region of £16140.00 for 2020/21.


This funding is used by our school in a variety of ways in order to improve each child’s academic attainment, including helping overcome any barriers to their potential enjoyment of relevant opportunities in school life.   The funding provides a range of benefits, including additional support from teachers and teaching assistants, either on a one to one basis or as part of groups, both in and out of class.


On top of general support, such support relates currently to specific areas of learning or provision including:- SoundsWrite (phonics); daily reading practice; reading comprehension; writing composition; handwriting; spelling; speaking, listening and communication (including the Time to Talk program); numeracy; feedback on work and progress; target setting and booster groups.


Where a child receiving such funding has special educational needs, including those entitling them to additional funding besides Pupil Premium, such support is in accordance with their Individual Education Plan where relevant. This includes the costs of professionals employed from outside school to inform and supplement our provision.


There is also support for costs to our school and to families including those relating to school uniform, school meals, club membership, music lessons, day and residential trips and staff training.


The school evaluates the impact of the funding on each child entitled with regard to academic progress and children’s active involvement in school life.


Pupil premium children may face many challenges which make it more difficult for them to achieve at school. At St Thomas Aquinas School we tackle these challenge at three levels:

1. A whole-school approach promoting teaching and learning which sets high aspirations for all pupils.

2. Targeted academic support for small groups and individuals.  

3. Wider non-academic barriers which will help children be successful at school.


Pupil Premium 2019-2020

School: St Thomas Aquinas School

Number of pupils: 310

Number of Pupils eligible for PP: 11

Total PP budget: £1320.00


2018/19 KS1 Academic Results

% achieving expected standard and above:  Reading


No PP in year group 2018/19




% achieving expected standard and above: Writing


No PP in year group 2018/19




% achieving expected standard and above: Maths


No PP in year group 2018/19




% achieving expected standard and above in RWM


No PP in year group 2018/19






2018/2019 KS2 Academic Results


Pupil Premium – 2 pupils

Y6 Pupils - 32


% achieving expected standard and above:  Reading




% achieving expected standard and above: Writing




% achieving expected standard and above: Maths




% achieving expected standard and above: GPS




% achieving expected standard and above in RWM








Area of focus / barrier to future attainment



Measure of impact


  • Quality first teaching for all
  • profession development
  • recruitment & retention

All staff to have high expectations for all, with growth mind set and values supporting this whole school approach.

Areas for development are identified on the school SDP and staff training is carefully scheduled to support this.

Outside agencies such as EM

Specifically planned in-house training for all staff; focussed on areas such as quality first teaching, interventions, developing support plans, identification of needs, and assessment for all.

  • All children will be given the same opportunities as their peers
  • Consistency across the whole school ensuring all children receive quality first teaching.
  • Training allows teachers to be up to date with teaching and learning strategies.
  • All children benefit from quality first teaching.
  • Teachers aware of how they can support children in their class, especially PP children
  • Data outcomes
  • Lesson observations
  • Book scrutiny
  • Planning scrutiny
  • Pupil attainment and progress meetings
  • Quality first teaching
  • PEP Reviews



  • Close any gaps
  • Additional support given if needed
  • Booster groups


Big Maths Programme – To identify gaps in children’s knowledge and address these.

Additional support given to consolidating classroom teaching, creating individual support programmes, 1:1 and small group interventions.

Booster groups after school offered for Y6 pupils.

Resources purchased to enhance the maths curriculum and to link it to real life situations. (convince me cards, real life maths books)

  • To boost confidence and self- esteem, develop basic number skills using the four operations and introduce new key higher level concepts.
  • To close the attainment gap for Pupil Premium children.
  • To show children how maths is relevant to real life.


  • Data outcomes
  • Lesson observations
  • Book scrutiny
  • Planning scrutiny
  • Pupil attainment and progress meetings
  • Quality first teaching
  • PEP Reviews



  • Close any gaps
  • Increase enjoyment of reading
  • Additional support given if needed 

Accelerated reader introduced across the school.

All staff trained in phonic scheme Sounds Write so can support all children.

Classroom Teaching assistants provide daily additional support with 1:1 reading and small group reading comprehension interventions.

Access to Sounds-Write intervention groups.

Y6 Specialist English teacher to work to raise attainment.

School fund visits from authors to inspire children.

Children with dyslexic tendencies to be identified and appropriate provisions and support have been timetabled.

  • To increase enjoyment of reading.
  • To expose children to a wider variety of texts.
  • To close the attainment for Pupil Premium children.
  • To inspire children
  • To give additional support if needed.
  • To improve engagement with writing in a variety of genres and for different purposes.
  • To allow children to make accelerated progress and extend their writing skills
  • Data outcomes
  • Accelerated reader data and information review
  • Lesson observations
  • Book scrutiny
  • Planning scrutiny
  • Pupil attainment and progress meetings
  • Quality first teaching
  • PEP Reviews


Speech and Language development (including EAL)

Individual needs identified and support provided as necessary focusing on Early Years and KS1.

2x S&L ELKLAN trained TA’s to work with children 1:1 or in small groups.

Children exposed to broad curriculum with exposure to rich vocabulary


  • Individual children’s needs regarding speech and language are supported.
  • ELKLAN accredited TA’s can give high quality support to children with speech and language concerns, helping to close any gaps.
  • Children are exposed to broader and richer vocabulary.
  • Pupil attainment and progress meetings
  • TA supporting paperwork allows progress to be seen and targets to be set.

Resources Support:


Children are provided with resources they need to complete any work at home.

Increased load of Library resources offered.

Access to IT resources (if required)

Children given time during the day (break times) to complete homework tasks with support.

  • Children can complete homework to the same standard as peers.
  • Children exposure to increased reading material allows development of vocabulary as well as enjoyment of reading
  • Homework tasks can be completed alongside a key teacher to provide

encouragement and guidance

  • Homework tasks monitored
  • PP children discussed as agenda item in staff meetings 

Provide appropriate timely emotional support to children.

Learning mentors provide nurturing and emotional support to children.

Provision for children and families who would benefit from pastoral support e.g. Rainbows

  • Children are emotionally better placed to approach their learning.
  • Well supported children are more resilient and develop greater self-confidence.
  • Children more confident  to talking about their concerns
  • Increase in emotional resilience seen.
  • Reduced need for behaviour plan
  • Improve behaviour choices seen.


Cost of trips, visitors and residential

Financial cost of trips, visitors and residential stays (Y5 & Y6) are paid in full by the school for PP children. 

No further financial burden being paced on families.

  • Allows children to have the same opportunities as their peers.
  • Children will develop their knowledge of the world around them and learn key life, co-operation and organisational skills.
  • Improved access to residential visits and trips – monitor PP children’s attendance.






School uniform/PE Kit

Individual children will be provided with new school uniform, where appropriate.

  • Children will have a school uniform that is in line with their peers.
  • Financial burden on families reduced.
  • It will be seen that  children have equity in appearance
  • Children will feel a sense of belonging to our school. 

School Lunches / Snacks

Break time snack provided if needed.

Individual children can order a balanced meal for lunchtime.

  • Children will received a snack and balanced meal if required during the school day allowing an increase in productivity and sustained learning.
  • Improved health and nutrition
  • Increased energy and focus
  • engaged and motivated to learn

Purchase of additional resources to support teaching of PP children across the school

Phonics resources to support children

Language learning resources to support vocabulary across the school

Accelerated Reading scheme books to enrich vocabulary in Key Stage Two

  • Improved attainment and progress in phonics
  • Support language across the school
  • Access to a broader range of reading materials to promote reading.
  • Data from accelerated reader focusing on engagement as well as attainment.
  • KS1 phonic test results



Optional extra-curricular activities

PP children will have access to extra-curricular clubs at school free of charge to them.

School will support PP children who want to learn to play an instrument by financially contributing to the cost of lessons.



  • Children will have improved access to extra-curricular activities across the year.
  • Every PP child will have the same opportunities as their peers.
  • Participation of clubs monitored
  • Check children / parents are aware of opportunities available to them.
  • Review with music teachers regarding lessons taught.


Wrap around care

  • Breakfast Club
  • Afterschool club

Breakfast and after school club spaces to be allocated to PP children if needed.

School will fund this in order to support families.


  • Children will arrive at school on time allowing them to start their day in a positive way.
  • Children will have had breakfast so will be more able to concentrate during lessons.
  • Children will not be collected late from school which will increase their well-being and confidence.
  • The whole family can be supported. 
  • Wrap around care registers
  • Improved attendance
  • Reduced lateness in both drop off and collection.
  • Children’s self-esteem and confidence improved
  • Concentration improved.