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Pupil Premium Information

Pupil Premium
  • The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
  • The Government decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium from 2012-13 will be extended to pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years (PPEv6).
  • Research showed that, as a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.
  • Local authorities are responsible for looked after children in care and will make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.
Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-20
Eligibility for Pupil Premium

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
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

To apply online please use the following link

or email: sfernandez@st-martins.essex.sch.uk

Expenditure of Pupil Premium budget
  • At St Martin’s School all pupils who are eligible for FSM also receive a free breakfast every day, the canteen opens from 7.50am to 8.20am.
  • Parents of those pupils in Year 7-11 who are eligible for FSM or ever6 have been informed that the school is in receipt of the Pupil Premium and they can request the manner in which it is spent. For example, if a pupil wants to go on a school trip and they can demonstrate that it will have an effect on their level of attainment then the school can fund all or part of that trip using these additional funds.
  • Pupils in receipt of FSM will receive extra tuition in English, Mathematics or Science depending on their greatest need.
  • In the financial year 2017-18 the grant was £170,967 and a similar figure is expected for the academic year 2018/19.

The Pupil Premium strategy is reviewed on a fortnightly basis via a meeting with SLT link. Termly reports are also completed to examine the effectiveness of the Pupil Premium interventions

Lead Practitioner – Mrs Fernandez

  • St Martin’s School has appointed an experienced Lead Practitioner who will oversee the 'closing the gap' strategy which will determine how the additional funding is spent.
  • Mrs Fernandez also monitors the attainment and progress of those who are in receipt of the grant.
  • Requests on how the school spends the grant should be directed to Mrs Fernandez in writing.
  • Whilst the school is encouraging ideas on how parents would like to spend the grant the final decision on how the grant is spent rests ultimately with the school.
  • Email address: sfernandez@st-martins.essex.sch.uk

PLEASE NOTE: Mrs Fernandez will be on maternity leave from the end of September 2019 to July 2020. Mr Lynagh will be covering the role in her absence. Any requests or queries should be directed to him using the following email address: alynagh@st-martins.essex.sch.uk

Outcomes for Pupils in Receipt of the Pupil Premium

The documents below summarise the impact of the Pupil Premium for pupils at St Martin's:

Pupil Premium - Outcomes - 2018-19

Pupil Premium - Outcomes - 2017-18

Pupil Premium - Outcomes - 2016-17