Pupil Premium and Pupil Outcomes

Pupil Premium is a grant awarded to schools for each child who has an entitlement to free school meals (FSM) either currently (2021) or historically at some point during the past six years. The government has provided this grant so that schools can allocate additional support to address the underlying inequalities that can exist between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

Strategy

Thomas Jones is committed to ensuring that all pupils achieve the highest academic standards and that any disadvantage is addressed as early, quickly and effectively as possible. The school has enjoyed huge success in this area and analysis of our attainment data shows there has been no correlation between the achievements of pupils per se and in particular pupils awarded Pupil Premium since 2006.

Broadly, pupil premium funding is spent in three ways at Thomas Jones. Significant funding is allocated to direct academic support to ensure all disadvantaged pupils have the necessary support to achieve at the very least national standards in the core areas of reading, writing and mathematics by the time they leave the school at the end of Year 6. Further Pupil Premium funds are used to ensure the above pupils play a full and active part in the life of the school and removing any differences in opportunity that might occur as a result of financial constraints. Pupil Premium funds are directed too, to other less-tangible forms of support to ensure pupils are able to access the curriculum more effectively.

Ultimately all funds, both those derived from the Pupil Premium and those from the main school budget that supplement these, are used to ensure equity of experience and outcomes for the most disadvantaged of pupils.

While we receive Pupil Premium funding in line with the financial year (April to April), we measure impact from September to September. Our Pupil Premium strategy is reviewed annually, with the next review scheduled for the 2021 autumn term.

Pupil Premium (and Supplementary) Spending 2021/2022

Thomas Jones has been allocated £117,015 of Pupil Premium Funding in 2021/2022 to provide support to 77 pupils (£1,345 per pupil). Details of how the school will allocate this funding can be found in our Pupil Premium Grant 2021/2022 Allocation Report (please note this will be published by the end of September 2021 using the new statutory template). 

Pupil Premium (and Supplementary) Spending 2019/2020

The school received £109,560 in 2019/2020 to provide additional support to 83 (£1,320 per pupil) disadvantaged pupils. Details of how the school has allocated this funding can be found in our Pupil Premium Grant 2019/2020 Outcomes Report.

Pupil Premium (and Supplementary) Spending 2018/2019

The school received £120,800 in 2018/2019 to provide additional support to 98 (£1,320 per pupil) disadvantaged pupils. Details of how the school has allocated this funding can be found in our Pupil Premium Grant 2018/2019 Outcomes Report.

Outcomes for Pupils in Receipt of the Pupil Premium

At Thomas Jones, all pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, make outstanding progress as they move through the school. Our disadvantaged pupils out-perform non-disadvantaged pupils nationally by the end of their time at Thomas Jones.

Analysis conducted by the school based on Analyse School Performance, Local Authority data, and the schools’ own data shows a familiar pattern of achievement by disadvantaged pupils. Detailed outcomes for disadvantaged pupils can be found in our Outcomes for Pupils in Receipt of the Pupil Premium report