St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy

Love, learn and live in Christ!

OPEN AFTERNOON MONDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 1.30PM. If you are interested in applying for a place for your child in our Reception Class for September 2022 please come along! We would love to tell you about our school and why being part of our family is such a special place to be! Mrs Hodges Headteacher



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


2017 - 2018

2018 - 2019

2019 - 2020

Total number of children eligible for PP funding


18 children

1 child of services personnel

22 children


24 children


Total amount of PPG received

                 £24 360

 £29 040



How we spent our PPG in 2019 - 2020

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

1-1 support from teachers or TAs for children needing emotional and social support

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

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

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

Support with the provision of resources and equipment needed for any activities or to enable access to additional opportunities

Impact of Pupil Premium

The well being support for children from teachers or TAs  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 staff will feedback relevant information to other key staff so they can continue to be supported. Overall our children have coped incredibly well with lockdown and feedback received from them and their parents/carers has been very positive in terms of support to meet both their mental well being and academic needs in as much as was possible.

Many of our children across school made at least good or better progress in line with their peers up to the start of lockdown, although for some children we know that the impact of work done previously will take longer and for some children support may need to be revisited, while for others it may need to be introduced.

Up to lockdown, the Pupil Premium children in KS1 had made progress from their starting point.

Up to lockdown, the Pupil Premium children in KS2 had made progress from their end of KS1 attainment.

Prior to lockdown 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.

During lockdown our children were monitored and contact with parents/carers made, if not the children, on a regular basis. Admin time was spent to ensure access to food vouchers for the families of pupil premium children. Teachers made sure the children could access work and where this was not possible online, work packs were produced and handed out.

Future Plans and Proposals 2020 - 2021

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 regressed during lockdown, they receive 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 key staff for those children who need support for their emotional and mental well-being
  • Leader in Me resources which will enable them to develop their self belief as well as virtues of perseverance, resilience and confidence among others 
  • 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
  • increased 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