What is the Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. The school receives money for children that are eligible for Free School Meals (or have been in the last six years; this is known as ‘Ever 6’) which is 179 children in September 2019 (43%).

Context of the School

Our school is a larger than average primary school with a current roll of 400+ learners (September 2019) in a large coastal town with considerable deprivation, being amongst the 10% most deprived neighbourhoods in England. Severe deprivation is evident in the Nelson and Central wards where the majority of our learners come from. The school sits in the heart of the community we serve and overlooks the historic market place of Great Yarmouth. In 2013, 90% of post-16 learners in Great Yarmouth took up full time education and the number of people in apprenticeships is above the national average. The average household income is below averages for Norfolk and the East of England and significantly below that for England.

Unemployment in the town is currently at 5.3%, higher than figures for Norfolk and England. The principal employers are the hotel, catering industries, shops and energy industry. Many of our EAL parents work in food processing with long hours a considerable distance from the town itself. Full time employment remains low compared in comparison to Norfolk and the Country but part-time employment is higher. Whilst the small energy sector offers the highest paid jobs in Norfolk local residents earn less than the regional and national average suggesting that many of the highest paid residents’ children do not attend our school.

Data shows that the school population is changing and growing over time, with an increasing number of children coming in from ethnic minority groups and a continuously growing number of children  with English as an additional language.

As of 2018 we are a 2 form entry school with 2 classes in Years Reception through to Year 5 and 3 classes in Year 6.

We see ourselves as duty bound to provide the very best educational service to the community we serve because of the difficult context of the school yet where others may see challenge we see the potential to achieve for all.

We believe that our children need and deserve the highest standards of pastoral as well as academic provision. As such we have a pastoral worker, nurture lead, ‘behaviour, inclusion and community’ (BIC) team which includes a family support professional. We have specific rooms set aside for pastoral and nurture provision as well as provision for counselling. Our free breakfast club is very popular with an average daily uptake of 40+ pupils.

Objectives of Pupil Premium Spending

At St Nicholas Priory C.E.V.A. Primary school we recognise difference, promote inclusion and constantly strive to address any difference in attainment or progress of pupil groups.

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in English to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and diminish the gap between them and their peers.

Pupil Premium Grant received  

£ 236,280

How are we ‘diminishing’ the gap

Pupil premium funding has been used in a huge variety of ways including; small group and individual interventions (Extra lessons of literacy and numeracy), teacher / TA training and broadening and enriching the curriculum. The aim of this was to ensure all children from disadvantaged backgrounds, including free school meals were given the instruction, support and experiences they need to make the progress, typically, of children from more privileged backgrounds.

Please see the spending breakdown  for a more detailed look at spending and impact.

Impact of Pupil Premium Grant Spending 2018 – 2019

2019 Progress and attainment 
  Pupils eligible for PP (Priory) Whole School Figure (Priory)

Progress score


National figures for Pupil Premium (National all children)
Reception GLD 68% 78% N/A 57%
Year 1 phonics 100% 93% N/A 68%
Key Stage 1 reading 60% 75% N/A 62% (75%)
Key Stage 1 writing 60% 78% N/A 55% (69%)
Key Stage 1 maths 53% 75% N/A 63% (76%)
Key Stage 2 reading 63% 55% (-2.0) 62% (73%)
Key Stage 2 writing 74% 69% (-1.1) 68% (79%)
Key Stage 2 maths 74% 75% (-0.2) 68% (79%)
  • This data shows that our Pupil Premium children are achieving higher than the National average in all but two areas.
  • For KS1, substantial progress has been made since last year with figures approaching national. Maths will remain a particular focus.
  • Outcomes in KS2 were very encouraging with Pupil Premium children out performing national and in most cases their ‘advantaged’ Priory peers.

2019 -2020

We aim to continue successful provisions and improve some with a specific goal of accurately and regularly measuring the impact of all actions. The school is looking to improve academic support with focused groups and interventions. As well as this, further behavioural and pastoral support will be provided.

Pupil Premium strategy 2019-2020