Pupil Premium Allocation

The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated for the educational benefit of children at the school. It is additional to main school funding and is based on pupil eligibility for free school meals (FSM) and children who have been In Care (looked after) continuously for more than six months. In 2017-18 funding was £1,320 for children eligible for free school meals (pupil premium) and the same amount for children who are in a Service Family. Schools also received £1,900 per pupil for ‘Looked After Children’ (in the care of the local authority) or ‘post looked after’ (no longer in care). This remains the same for FSM and Service Families in 2018-19, but increases to £2,300 for Looked After children. The DfE uses the January census data to identify the number of children who will receive funding. Schools can choose how to spend the Pupil Premium grant but it must have an impact on the children’s learning.

Thornham St.James Primary



Total number of pupils in school



Number of pupils eligible (FSM, Service Family & post-LAC)



Total PP budget received



At Thornham St.James’ the Pupil Premium Grant has been used in a variety of ways to provide support for our pupils. In 2017-18, the funding enabled us to maintain both the increased number of Support Staff and the hours put in place for intervention and support. We feel that the extra support available for small group intervention has the largest impact on the progress and attainment of our pupils. The homework club continued, as did the provision of a lunchtime chess club, thus enabling the funding to benefit a greater number of pupils. Additional resources were purchased to support our pupils as required, alongside any specific training needed to implement or develop required interventions. Many apps were also purchased for our i-pads to support learning in various areas.

In 2018-19, the funding will enable us to maintain the support provided in 2017-18, purchase further resources and attend additional, required training for particular specific needs. The funding will also be used to develop a Social Skills Intervention Group in school.

We believe that the school benefits considerably from the Pupil Premium Grant and children continued to make very good progress in many ways, as the results below show. There are too few pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium in each year group for their results to be reported separately or for them to be compared to National figures and the gap difference to be displayed. We therefore use our own individual progress tracking system in school to track progress and attainment. In the academic year 2017-18 the majority of children made expected or better than expected progress and most children were at or above National Expectations for their year. All children who were not working at National expectations at the end of the year will be targeted for additional support at the beginning of the academic year 2018-19.

Attainment of PPG pupils (y1-y6) at the end of the academic year 2017-2018


(10 pupils)

Working towards the expected standard

Working at the expected standard

Working above expected standard

Working at or above expected standard


10% (1 pupil)





20% (2 pupils)





40% (4 pupils)




*For the full end of Key Stage Results see the ‘Statutory Results 2018’ on the school website or the school performance data on the Department for Education website.

Eligibility for Pupil Premium

In order for a pupil to be eligible for pupil premium the parent needs to receive one or more of the following:

  • Income Support

  • Income- based Jobseekers’ Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • The guaranteed part of State Pension Credit

  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Child Tax Credit (providing you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by the Inland Revenue.

  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

  • Universal Credit

A pupil is entitled to the higher rate of pupil premium if the child is looked after by the local authority (living with a foster family) or who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order) at the January school census.

The final criteria for eligibility is if the child is recorded as a ‘service child’. This is a child whose parent is in the Armed Forces, or who has had a parent in the Armed Forces in the last five years, as recorded in the January school census.

If you believe that your child is eligible for pupil premium, please contact the school office.