Pupil Premium

Mount Pleasant Primary School is committed to ensuring maximum progress for all groups of children and strives to close any gaps in achievement.  We recognise that all children, regardless of background, should have equal access to a curriculum to enable them to achieve their full potential.

Impact of Pupil Premium Funding 2021-22

The school has seen significant impact in pupil outcomes due to pupil premium funding.

Entry data into Nursery and School identifies children working at approximately 4% at age related expectations. Leaders tailor the school’s curriculum to meet the children’s needs and through DfE approved programmes such as NELI, as well as other interventions, children start to significantly reduce the gap and achieve 56% GLD by the time they leave Reception.  The gap to national has reduced by 24% from 2018-19 data. The gap for children with pupil premium achieving GLD has also narrowed significantly at 40% (national 49.6%).

As the children continue their learning journey the aspirational and ambitious school curriculum enables children to catch up even further with 80% passing the phonics screening (national 76%). 86% of children with pupil premium pass the phonics screening. Further in Key Stage 1, gaps to national especially on Reading and Writing close.

Key Stage 2 Data 2021-22

The school’s KS2 curriculum builds upon children’s knowledge and skills cumulatively and substantially as despite only 4% at age related expectations upon entry, 67% now achieve the combined standard, with children exceeding national in all subjects at the expected level, and higher than national for Reading and Maths for Greater Depth.

Children with pupil premium at KS2 perform exceptionally well and are in line with all children nationally. In maths they achieve higher than national by 7% and higher for the combined measure both in expected and greater depth.

Children with pupil premium made above national expected progress in all subjects. In Reading and Writing their progress score is higher than all other pupils. In all subjects the school was in the top 25% of schools for the progress measure.

The school strategically uses its funding to ensure children with pupil premium have a successful education at Mount Pleasant and thus are fully prepared for the next stage in their learning. 


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What is the Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is a government initiative aimed at providing additional funding to schools in order for them to close the gap between children from disadvantaged families to their peers. It is the school’s decision as to how the Pupil Premium is spent, as schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their own school. However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium. Any child who is eligible or has been eligible for free school meals (FSM) over the last six years is seen as a child with disadvantage. Any child who has been looked after for one day or more (LAC) is also eligible for this funding. A provision is also made for children who have a parent in the armed services.

Why is this funding needed?

This additional funding is provided by the Government, because research suggests that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. The Government recognise that often, children who are entitled to Pupil Premium face challenges, such as: poor language and communication skills, less family support, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their peers.

How much additional funding is provided?

The funding allocated is £1320 per child of Primary School age, and £1900 for Looked After Children.

A useful guide for parents, which explains about the 'Pupil Premium' in more detail can be found by clicking here

What do we do at Mount Pleasant Primary School?

At Mount Pleasant we firmly believe in raising the attainment for all our pupils through setting high expectations and ensuring all pupils receive quality first teaching. We provide the very best resources and enrichment opportunities and through visits to places of interest and participation in community events, our children are exposed to a wide range of learning opportunities.

The school has a coordinated approach to implementing its pupil premium plans and through an identified governor with responsibility for Pupil Premium ensures that that there are clear levels of accountability. Pupil Premium expenditure and impact are reported back to the Governors’ Standards and Effectiveness sub-committee, ensuring that the school is held to account for the impact of spending.

Key Principles

  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all the pupils.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, and that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that this is not limited to only pupils in receipt of free school meals. 90% of our families are in the 10% worst IMD banding; therefore, our funding will reflect all socially disadvantaged families.

Ultimate Objectives

  • Narrow the attainment gap between pupil premium and their school peer, as well as other pupils nationally.
  • For all pupil premium pupils in school to exceed nationally expected progress rates in order to reach age related expectations at the end of Year 6 and thus achieve GCSEs in English and Maths.
  • Raise the in-school attainment of both pupil premium pupils and their peers so that it is in line and above national averages, including at greater depth.
  • Access a broad and balanced curriculum with high levels of cultural capital.
  • Pupil premium pupils are able to manage their own SEMH needs,
  • Pupil premium families are able to support their children and aspirations are raised for everyone, thus breaking the cycle of disadvantage.
  • Attend school regularly.

The attached file shares our challenges, approach and aims further with how we intend to spend the allocated funding. Impact from the previous year is also shared.


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