Thorney Close Primary School

Thorney Close Primary School

“Where Learning Blossoms”

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is a designated amount of money that the government allocates to each school, based upon a number of factors which are linked to the perceived deprivation of certain pupils within a school.   This money is intended to be spent directly or indirectly on those pupils who are considered vulnerable because they are not meeting National Expectations in terms of attainment.

At Thorney Close Primary School, we believe that every child has the right to achieve, succeed and thrive. We have high aspirations and ambitions for all of our children. We are driven by our belief that every child should have the opportunity to learn, make progress and fulfil their potential.   As a school community, we work together collaboratively to carefully assess and monitor each child and to tailor learning opportunities to enable every child to realise their full potential.

Our pupil premium money will be utilised in a range of ways that we believe will have the greatest impact on those who are entitled to receive this additional funding.   We will use it to provide a range of additional support for our children and our intention is that these specific interventions will have a significant impact on children’s learning and progress and so their attainment.

Our key focus in determining effective use of the Pupil Premium Grant is to narrow the gap between pupil groups to ensure that every child is able to make at least good progress.   Nationally, children who are entitled to Free School Meals have historically achieved less well than their peers. At Thorney Close Primary School, we intend to ensure that the gap is closed for all groups of pupils and we will carefully monitor any trends in attainment for specific individuals or groups to ensure we can maximise the efficacy of our interventions and support.


The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. In April 2012, eligibility for the Pupil Premium was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). As a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM. A premium is also available for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces, or who have served in the last 5 years.

Rates for eligible pupils

The Pupil Premium per pupil for 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017 is as follows:

 Disadvantaged pupils

 Pupil premium per pupil

Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM


 Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM


 Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority


 Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order


 Service children

Pupil premium per pupil 


Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence 



 Thorney Close Primary School Pupil Premium Allocation



 2015 - 2016


 2014 - 2015


 2013 - 2014


 2012 - 2013


2011 - 2012


 How we will allocate funding

Pupils Premium spend will focus on one of the following three areas:

  • Focus on learning in the curriculum

  • Focus on social, emotional and behaviour

  • Focus on enrichment

In 2015 -2016 Thorney Close Primary School will allocate Pupil Premium to:

  • Place2Be – a school based counselling and therapeutic service designed to support children and families in challenging circumstances.

  • Third Space Learning - an online one-to-one tutor who tailors maths lessons to pupil's subject knowledge and ability.

  • Direct access to school funded Speech and Language Therapists

  • Running focussed interventions, including 1:1 tuition for specific children identified through pupil progress Meetings.

  • Supporting families with uniform and clothing requirements including school PE kit

  • Providing financial support for Extended School provision (breakfast club and after-school clubs), enrichment opportunities, visits and trips.

  • Funding to provide intervention opportunities from qualified teachers in addition to quality first teaching from the class teacher.

  • Funding of a behaviour mentor to support pupils.

  • To utilise the expertise of teaching assistants to deliver high quality intervention programmes.

Education Funding Agency Guidance on Pupil Premium    

 Early Years Pupil Premium

The Early Years Pupil Premium will be given to early years providers who are delivering the funding entitlement for 3- and 4-year-olds. The funding equates to up to £300 extra per year for each disadvantaged child who meets the eligibility criteria.