As a Catholic school the equality of the opportunities that we provide to children is central to our mission.
We are committed to closing the attainment gaps that exist and ensuring that all children have equal access to the opportunities that education provides.
Our strategy in respect of provision for our disadvantaged children is based on several factors including research, previous provision and impact measurement as well as student and parent voice.
We run a school in which support can always be flexible and bespoke in order to meet the needs of all of our children.
We believe that, to narrow and/or close the achievement gaps with our disadvantaged students we need to invest in the establishment and progress of quality first teaching, targeted academic interventions which meet individual student need and pastoral support which provides social, emotional and behavioural support to children and families who find inclusion to be a challenge.
Our spend is categorised in these three areas:
The improvement of Quality First Teaching
The improvement of Quality First Teaching is key to the success of all pupils, including Pupil Premium children. We believe that through the development of our curriculum, which has been designed with the needs of our children in mind, that the children’s engagement and achievement will continue to improve.
We have also developed our whole school approach to the teaching of reading which seeks to develop all our children as confident, accomplished and eager readers.
Targeted interventions are crucial for the small number of children for whom quality first teaching has not been able to ensure that they are working at age related expectations along with their peers.
Additionally, through careful assessment, we are aware that some children, due to the March 2020 and the January 2021 lockdowns, have gaps in their knowledge and understanding. In particular we have identified that the development of speech and language for our younger pupils is a key priority and the school invests heavily in early intervention in this area.
Pastoral and attendance support
Pastoral and attendance support for our Pupil Premium children and families is a key element of ensuring that our children are able to make progress within and across the curriculum. This support is provided in a range of ways including the use of internal and external specialist support for children who are finding it difficult to manage their emotions; Early Help assessments and targeted work; early intervention with attendance issues.
Please find attached our Pupil Premium Statement for 2021-2024.
This statement details our school’s use of pupil premium funding to help improve the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils.
It outlines our pupil premium strategy, how we intend to spend the funding in this academic year and the effect that last year’s spending of pupil premium had within our school.