We believe that every person in our school community should flourish and broaden their horizons. Therefore, it is the element of 'enrichment’ that defines our school; we are a church school that endeavours to provide the widest of opportunities for all.
Within our caring and nurturing environment and guided by our shared Christian values, we aim to ensure that all voices in our school family can be heard and all are engaged in learning that develops and challenges them, excites their imagination and provides an opportunity to achieve their full potential.
We see everyone and everything as valued in the eyes of God and recognise that all the members of our family are individuals as we work together towards a society of mutual respect, compassion and justice.
Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."
.................................... JRR Tolkien
As such, we have high aspirations for all the children in our school community and believe that all children should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential. We seek to provide learning opportunities and targeted support to allow every child to be enriched and flourish.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It is additional funding, provided by the Government, which all schools receive for supporting specific children. The aim of this funding is to ensure that these children benefit from the same opportunities as all other children. It is designed to raise achievement and improve outcomes for eligible children.
There are three categories of children that qualify for ‘Pupil Premium’:
- Children who are currently eligible for Free School Meals (or have been in the previous six years)
- Looked After Children (LAC) or Post Adoptive Children
- Armed Forces Children
We recognise that not all pupils who are academically or socially disadvantaged are registered for free school meals, we reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil, or group of pupils, identified by the school as being at a significant disadvantage.
However, In order to meet the above requirements, the Governing Body of St Andrew's C.E. Primary School will ensure that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities to meet the needs of all pupils.
Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible. At St Andrew's this provision will include:
- promoting pupils’ access to a safe, welcoming, happy and rich learning environment.
- promoting pupils’ access to the whole curriculum that meets their needs, excites their learning and enables them to thrive and achieve
- the provision of support and intervention to encourage learning
- provision of wider-curricular learning.
- provision for more able pupils.
We review our strategy at the end of each academic year.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Pupil Premium is allocated to all eligible schools and it is for each individual schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
A second funding source is also available to school which is commonly referred to as the Forces Premium. This funding stream is allocated to support those children who parents may be posted away from the family home for extended periods.
We report our expenditure against our Pupil Premium for each academic year, we plan both teaching and other support as well as conducting assessments according to this time frame.