Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years, children who are in care or adopted, and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3 and 4-year-olds.

Our Philosophy

At Thornhill Primary School we accept responsibility and accountability for narrowing the gap between socially disadvantaged pupils and their peers. We focus on the whole child, we have high expectations for all and we aim to ensure our disadvantaged pupils leave Primary school, physically, socially, emotionally and academically ready to succeed at Secondary school. From an academic point of view, we aim to ensure our disadvantaged pupils perform as well as our non-disadvantaged pupils in statutory testing throughout their Primary school years

We aim to ensure our disadvantaged pupils have also been exposed to a language-rich environment and a variety of experiences that increases their knowledge of the world and their aspirations. We aim to teach ensuring children will “know more and remember more” in terms of the complexity and critical and pivotal knowledge they need for success. We strive to equip them with skills (including metacognitive ones) and knowledge that will ensure they are resilient, independent learners who can overcome challenges, solve problems and have a thirst for learning

We will ensure that the Pupil Premium is spent on improving the life chances of the children in our care. Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Strategy and how we allocate the funding. The impact of the pupil premium is measured by looking at the progress made termly by individual children.

To find out if you are eligible for free school meals and how to apply, go to www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals put in your postcode and you will be directed to the County Council website.

Apply for free school meals – GOV.UK

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following: Income Support; income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; income-related Employment and Support Allowance


Our Approach

At Thornhill Primary we know that all children are different and have different needs. Therefore, if we feel that a child would benefit from a different approach, we will invest pupil premium and support that child in a different way.

A large proportion of our funding is spent on additional classroom support and Reading Intervention.  Staff are aware which children are eligible for the pupil premium and provide additional, frequent targeted support for these pupils.  Teachers are required to produce Individual Education Plans (IEPs) detailing different support activities: what the learning objective is, when the support will happen, who will lead the support (either the teacher or the teaching assistant) and who will benefit from the support.

As our performance data has increased in recent years, so has the effectiveness of the support staff. Their role in class has become more specific (for example, teaching assistants are required to work on specific learning objectives within clear time-frames) and are ultimately more effective.

Pupil Premium allocation

The total allocation based on the calculation for the school for the 2022-23 financial year is approximately £36,355

Pupil Premium funding and expenditure is carefully planned each academic year to ensure the maximum impact on the pupils who are in receipt of this.

Pupil Premium Strategy 2023-24

Below is our Pupil Premium strategy statement which goes into more detail about how the funding we receive will be allocated this academic year. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact school or email murrayc@changinglives.education

Pupil Premium Policy