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 192 children in 2017/18

Context of the School

Our school is a larger than average primary school with a current roll of 429 learners (July 2017) 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 5.2%, 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 2016, we are a two form entry school in year reception, year 1, year 3 and year 4. Three classes in year 5 and four classes in year 6.

Our recent change of school motto, “There is no such thing as a finish line to learning” which was created by a Learning Ambassador in year 6, highlights our aspirational approach for all learners. 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 leader, BIC team and a family support professional. We have specific rooms set aside for pastoral and nurture provision. Our free breakfast club is very popular with an average daily uptake of 52 learners.

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

£ 258,720

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 2016 – 2017

Comparison of 2016 and 2017 data for disadvantaged children


Maths Maths Maths Writing Writing Writing Reading Reading Reading
Expected level Attainment Above expectations Value added


Expected level Attainment Above expectations Value added


Expected level Attainment Above expectations Value added


Reception PP 83% 25% N/A 67% 25% N/A 67% 17% N/A
Reception non PP 72% 9% N/A 67% 25% N/A 61% 17% N/A
Year 6 PP 60% 6% -0.2 65% 17% 0.4 52% 10% -0.2
Year 6 non PP 64% 13% 0.1 66% 19% 0.2 55% 15% 0.1


Year 6 PP 47%   -2.5   79% 2.9 47% -2.7
Year 6 non PP 55% -0.1   73% 2.2 57% -1.7


Reception data for 2017 was encouraging, with all attainment of Pupil Premium children equalling or surpassing that of non Pupil Premium children.

Our 2017 SATs data was also positive; here we can see a diminishing of the gap between our disadvantaged children and the rest of the cohort.


Gap in maths 2016 – 2017

8% – 4%

Gap in reading 2016 – 2017

10% – 3%

Gap in writing 2016 – 2017

6% (positive gap) – 1% (negative)

Our focus in 2017/2018 is to gain on national attainment figures and to improve the progress indicator for Pupil Premium children by 0.2.

2017 -2018

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 2017-2018

Next review of school’s pupil premium – September 2018