CofE Primary School

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Pupil Premium

At Gunthorpe Primary we believe that all children are entitled to an education which allows every child to achieve their potential regardless of their starting point in life or personal circumstances. The government believes this additional funding is the best way to tackle those inequalities to enable children to have the best outcomes.


Which pupils are entitled to Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is provided to all schools to support pupils within the following categories:

  • Pupils who are currently registered for Free School Meals.
  • Pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point during the last six years;
  • Pupils in the care of a Local Authority;
  • Pupils who have been adopted but have been looked after for one day or more, or were adopted from care on or after 30th December 2005 and left care under:
  • A Special Guardianship Order on or after 30th December 2005
  • A Residence Order on or after 14th October 1991
  • Pupils whose parents are serving with the UK Armed Forces


What is Pupil Premium spent on?

The decision about how the individual schools use their Pupil Premium is left to each school with the expectation that they will close the gap in attainment and progress between those eligible and other children nationally. “It is for schools to 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.” (DfE). Therefore, schools are free to spend the PPG as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support these pupils. Measures are included in the performance tables which capture the achievement of those disadvantaged pupils covered by the grant.


How is funding used at Gunthorpe CofE Primary School?

This year we have £19,442  of pupil premium funding.  We have identified the following as the greatest barriers to pupils learning:


Barriers to learning for academic year 2020/21

Success criteria to  show impact of PP funding

Attendance and Punctuality

Improved attendance and reduced levels of persistent absenteeism.  Attendance initiatives to ensure those children in receipt of funding's attendance in line with National FSM and National Disadvantaged Pupils as well as in line with national average.

Emotional Wellbeing

Children have strategies to overcome Social Emotional Mental Health needs so they are ready to learn especially given impact of COVID19

Those pupils Looked After or Previously Looked After provided with specific emotional support to their needs.

Lack of academic resilience

To develop the children as independent learners who are able to identify their own, and others, strengths and areas of improvement across the breadth of the curriculum

Lack of experience of the wider world

Provide a culture of opportunity for those in receipt of funding by offering greater opportunities within extra curricular events such as residential and performance opportunities where possible ensure pupils prioritised to match their interests and strengths.

Attainment and progress

Targeted interventions being held effectively through rigorous gap analysis as well as effective AfL to inform planning for these individuals. 

These pupils being targeted for consolidation interventions or pre teaching. Pupil progress meetings specifically look at their needs and identify areas where gap being reduced.

Ensure Pupil Premium pupils identified on new PLE and intervention log for all staff to be aware and consider impact especially for pre/post teaching.

Engagement in learning

Values based ethos and culture of opportunity will result in children wanting to attend school, engage in their learning and raise aspirations.


Our current strategy and detailed information on impact and cost break down can be downloaded here

This strategy will be reviewed in September 2021.


The  governing body regularly receive up dates of the progress of this group.