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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Funding


The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. Schools are free to decide how to allocate this funding to best support the raising attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.

At St Mark’s School the percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals has increased somewhat over the past three years and is now well above the national average. The 2020/21 school data shows that 37.4% of pupils are eligible for free school meals compared with the national average of 15.7%.

In 2019/20 the school received £18,480 Pupil Premium Funding.

In 2019/20 pupil premium funding was used to ensure that all pupils received consistently excellent teaching. To achieve this £17,830 was used towards the cost of providing teaching assistants to deliver small group support and personal intervention programmes in each class throughout the school. To ensure full access to school opportunities for all pupils eligible for free school meals £500 was allocated from the funding to support extra-curricular activities and educational visits. The remaining £150 was used to purchase additional intervention resources.

Examples of Impact in 2019/20


  • End of school pupil tracking data indicates that the majority of vulnerable pupils accessing additional teaching assistant individual and small group support made progress in reading, writing and mathematics, thus closing the gap between them and their peers.
  • Pupils with special educational needs and eligible for free school meals showed development in areas of communication, social, emotional and learning.
  • Most vulnerable pupils show improved confidence and motivation in learning.
  • The engagement of vulnerable pupils in extra-curricular activities including educational visits, was limited due to COVID-19. A planned off site outdoor adventurous activity did not take place and the allocated funding is to be carried over to the next academic year.


The school’s early indication financial budget shows that in 2020/21 the school will receive £22,865 pupil premium funding.

The percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals in each class in 2020/21 is; Class 1-40%, Class 2-44% and Class 3-30%

The school aims to continue with the following priorities during the 2020/21 academic year:


  • To raise pupils’ attainment in reading, writing and mathematics with a particular focus on those who are in receipt of the pupil premium funding, including those that are high ability, ensuring that appropriate interventions, if required, are in place.
  • To increase the percentage of pupils achieving a good level of development in Prime/Literacy and Numeracy in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile
  • To continue to ensure access for the most vulnerable pupils to a range of extra-curricular activities to enhance the curriculum
  • To provide a planned off site outdoor adventurous activity for Key Stage 2  pupils, ensuring that funding is available to support pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding.
  • To provide all pupils with an item of school uniform with the school logo on when they commence school.


These priorities will be reviewed annually