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Pupil Premium Strategy

The Pupil Premium was first introduced in April 2011. It is funding allocated to schools for children from low-income families who are known to be eligible for free school meals in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months. This has been extended to all children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they feel is appropriate. However, they are responsible for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups. Those from disadvantaged backgrounds often do not do as well as their more advantaged peers and the funds are aimed at helping to bridge the gap. This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.

Key Principles For The Use Of Pupil Premium at St.John's Middle School

  • We recognise that Pupil Premium pupils are not necessarily low ability and focus on supporting all disadvantaged pupils to achieve the highest levels
  • The school thoroughly analyses which pupils are underachieving and why, particularly in English, Maths and science, and looks to identify why.
  • We recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged have been registered for, or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil who we have legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
  • The school makes use of available evidence from both its own experience, and that of others; including research-based evidence from the EEF, when allocating funding that is most likely to have an impact on improving pupils' achievement
  • Achievement data is reviewed regularly and robustly to monitor whether interventions or programmes are working effectively.  The school does not simply use data retrospectively to see if something has been successful
  • The school ensures that a designated senior leader, a Deputy Headteacher, plus the Head of School, Headteacher and governors, have a clear overview of how funding is allocated.  They review the difference it is making to the outcomes of pupils on a half-termly basis
  • Class and subject teachers know which pupils are eligible for the pupil premium to enable them to assume responsibility for accelerating progress of those individuals
  • Pupil premium funding is used successfully to deal with a range of issues, for example: attendance, behaviour, confidence, resilience, reading, factors outside of school, professional training for staff on helping disadvantaged pupils, effective teaching and learning, targeted support, further enrichment amongst other strategies.

Funding Received


2013 - 2014


2014 - 2015


2015 - 2016


2016 - 2017


2017 - 2018


2018 - 2019


2019 - 2020


2020 - 2021


2021 - 2022



How the Pupil Premium has been spent

The Pupil Premium has been spent, during previous academic years and during this academic year in the following ways:

  • Providing 1:1 tuition and support for small groups
  • Funding a full-time member of teaching staff to enable smaller teaching groups
  • Funding additional Teaching Assistant support in English and Maths set across the school
  • Funding staff training
  • Increase in size of Pastoral Support team to facilitate our Early Help strategy, supporting children and their families.
  • Providing additional behaviour and mentoring support to pupils
  • Purchasing additional resources to support English and Maths for Pupil Premium pupils
  • Supporting the purchase of P.E. kit and other school equipment
  • Supporting the funding of school trips, visits, music lessons and after school activities for Pupil Premium pupils
  • Paying for Transition Projects for Pupil Premium pupils
  • Taking part in university research into effective interventions with Pupil premium pupils (Growth Mindset interventions) with other pyramid schools.
  • Creating a Pupil Premium Mentor role
  • Projects to support Yr4/5 pupils whose circumstances make them vulnerable, including an invitation to St John's summer school, ensuring a smooth transition to Middle school.  Working with High school staff through meetings/projects and transference of information to support Yr8 through their final year and onto High school.

Progress for Disadvantaged Pupils over time at SJMS (2021 exit data) 





Whole cohort

Disadvantaged learners

Whole cohort

Disadvantaged learners

% making expected progress over 4 years





% making accelerated progress over 4 years






The Schools Data shows that the gap between Pupil Premium pupils and their peers is diminishing within the school. There has been a significant improvement in attendance, attitude and behaviour of pupils who have received support from the Pastoral Support team. Pupils who have received financial assistance with residential visits and trips have been able to access a more enriched curriculum, resulting in improved attitude and performance. Furthermore, from monitoring effectiveness of interventions, it is evident that there has been a positive impact on not only pupils’ achievements, but also their confidence and self-esteem.

The Governing Body continues to monitor the funding and its impact on the progress of Pupil Premium pupils. Mrs S. Keepax is the governor for Pupil Premium Mr K Medway (Deputy Headteacher,) Mrs A. Elwell (Head of School) and Mr. Geraint Roberts (Head Teacher) are the people responsible for Pupil Premium.