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What's on at School?


September 2017

Tuesday 5th - School reopens

Friday 22nd - Jeans for Genes Day


October 2017

Friday 20th - Half Term

Monday 30th - School reopens


November 2017

Monday 6th - Infant Agility afternoon - Years 1 & 2

Friday 17th - Children in Need


December 2017

Friday 22nd - Christmas Holiday 


For a full list of term dates please click here.

Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil  Premium  Report  to  Parents

The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced by the government in April 2011. Schools are allocated additional funding for children who are eligible for free school meals, are Looked After Children for more than 6 months or from families with parents in the Armed Forces.

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between these children and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.



  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • We recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.



The range of provision the governors may consider include:

  • Reducing class sizes, thus improving opportunities for effective AfL and accelerated progress.
  • Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning.
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through learning mentors, trained TAs or external agencies.
  • All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in literacy and numeracy.
  • Pupil premium resources may also be used to target able children on FSM to achieve L3 at the end of KS1 or L5 at the end of KS2.

The Governors of the school have used their Pupil Premium Grant to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils in the following ways:


Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) Allocation for 2012/13: £1800

The Governors have targeted the PPG to;

  • Enable teaching assistants to work 1 to 1 and with small groups of pupils to narrow gaps in learning.


The PPG allocation for 2011/12: £1464

The Governors targeted the PPG to:

  • Provide additional TA time to support transition from Year 2 to 3.
  • Additional teacher time to support lower achieving pupils in maths.


The impact of the PPG for 2011/12 was:

  • Smoother transition between key stages for identified cohort
  • Improved rates of progress from maths intervention programme


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