St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Love, learn and live in Christ!

Hello Parents, Carers and Children! We are at the start of the last half term of the school year. It has been a very challenging time for us all lately and I know I do not need to tell you how myself and the staff long for the day we can all be together and school life returns to normal. I am hopeful that we may begin to start re-opening for groups of children in the coming weeks and will keep you updated as soon as we know anything. Remember to just do what you can when you can. You are doing a brilliant job! As always you can email your child's teacher or myself with any concerns you have. We want to do all we can to support you. We are here for you. The message from the Government is still to keep social distancing measures in place, regular hand washing and vigilance. Stay safe and stay strong! Mrs Hodges



Allocation, Spending and Impact

Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is allocated on the number of children on Free School Meals and ‘Ever 6’ children (those who have been identified as entitled to free school meals at any time in the last 6 years).

Adopted children and children of services personnel are also eligible for funding.


Number of children eligible for Pupil Premium Grant and Pupil Premium Grant received





Total number of children eligible for PPG











22 children

1 child of services personnel










18 children

1 child of services personnel










22 children











Total amount of PPG received

                 £28 340

 £24 360

 £29 040


How we spent our PPG in 2018 - 2019

1-1 support and small group work with a teacher for children in danger of falling behind

Additional reading and phonics provision with teacher and/or teaching assistant 

Training and admin for staff on Pupil Premium in order ensure secure understanding

Access to Catholic Care worker to support mental and social well-being

Teaching Assistants to deliver interventions and to provide additional support in class

Support with the cost of Breakfast Club to enable access to a good breakfast to start the day

Support with uniform to ensure dressed in line with policy as the other children are

Subsidising educational visits to enable the same access to additional experiences that other children have

Impact of Pupil Premium

The support for children from the Catholic Care worker has boosted mental well-being and self-esteem, enabling them to engage with others more effectively and positively impacting on their performance in the classroom. The children tell us they like this 1-1 or small group time away from the populated classroom and that Eileen, our Catholic Care Worker, will feedback what they agree to their teachers so they can continue to be supported.

Many of our children across school made at least good or better progress in line with their peers by the end of the academic year, although for some children we know that the impact will take a longer time.

At the end of KS1 the Pupil Premium made progress from their starting point.

At the end of KS2 the Pupil Premium children met Age Related Expectations in one or two subjects - Reading, Writing or Maths but not always in all three, although all made progress from their starting points. Our children developed resilience, perseverance and confidence as a result of the provision.

Our children also had access to breakfast club and items of uniform as well as workshops and educational visits to ensure equality of provision which enabled them to access the same experiences as non pupil premium children. Some of our children also accessed after school clubs.

We will ensure that over the course of the next academic year we will continue to rigorously track pupil progress and the rate of progress made.

Future Plans and Proposals 2019 - 2020

We intend to use our funding this year to continue to address any barriers to learning we identify, including:

  • additional intervention for those children needing it – either 1-1 or additional/small group work or booster group from the teacher and/or teaching assistants because they have little support from home or because they need additional opportunities to explore language and oracy to impact on their reading, writing and the problem solving aspects of maths 
  • provision of reading material to have at home
  • access to the Catholic Care worker for those children who need this to support their emotional and mental well-being
  • additional swimming for any child who has not passed the National Standard (swimming 25m in deep water) because they do not get the opportunity to go swimming out of school
  • support with the cost of Breakfast Club because they need to eat at the start of the day in order to feel energised and well
  • support with the cost of uniform which enables all our children to feel confident because they are correctly equipped
  • subsidising the cost of educational visits which provide additional enrichment for learning through first hand experience
  • access to computers for those children who cannot access a computer/internet at home in order for them to make good progress in their computing skills
  • access to other after school clubs which provide a broad and balanced social life and promote self esteem and confidence
  • other opportunities as they arise and are deemed good value for money to support the development of the children