St Marys High School, Leyland
Pupil premium strategy statement: 2021/22
The Department for Education’s White Paper makes a clear commitment to achieving educational excellence everywhere so that pupils are able to realise their potential irrespective of their background. The Government provide each school with additional funding to support disadvantaged children. Pupil premium covers any student who currently claims or maybe have been registered as having free school meals in the last 6 years or children who have been looked after or a child who has a parent in the armed forces. Additionally, if a student has been adopted from care or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) on or after 30 December 2005, providing they are recorded on the most recent January School Census, are also entitled to the additional funding.
It is really important that all parents/carers of children eligible for Free School Meals register for them as this creates the additional funding for school allowing us to enrich resources and opportunities even further.
Support can be offered in a variety of means but it must be strategic, evidence based, ambitious and built on an ethos of High Quality Teaching for all. St Mary’s Catholic High School regularly reviews the effectiveness of the Pupil Premium Strategy and will adopt interventions which offer the greatest impact on learning and progress. Our school mission statement at St Mary’s Catholic High School is “Let your light Shine” and this is our ambition for all of our students irrespective of background. We expect all students to reach their potential despite their backgrounds and hold aspirational targets for every student to strive for. As a school we will endeavour to maintain diminishing the difference between all groups of students by addressing individual and group need. Intervention and support can be either unique or universal.
Government policy is that:
“Schools, Head teachers and teaching staff will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), allocated to schools is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.”
It will be the responsibility of the Assistant Head Teacher in charge of the PPG funding to produce a report for the Head teacher and the Governing body on the evaluation and impact of the provision upon progress, attainment and other measurable outcomes for disadvantaged students.