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Pupil Premium

At St Bernadette Catholic Primary we are committed to ensuring that each individual pupil receives the very best education allowing them to reach their full potential academically and socially.

Our ethos and learning culture ensures that we have the highest expectations and that we continually strive to ensure that no pupil is left behind.

When deciding how to spend the pupil premium grant it is important that we look at the potential barriers to learning faced by pupil premium pupils in the context of our school. The reasons for underachievement are many and varied and could include; less support at home, leading to reduced appreciation of the value of education; social and emotional difficulties due to complex family situations or attendance and punctuality difficulties. Each child entitled to the pupil premium grant is unique in their situation and our response to their needs must reflect this.

With this in mind, we aim to build the capacity and expertise to enable us to provide a highly personalised programme of support in order to allow each child to reach his/her full potential.


Our key objective in using the pupil premium grant is to narrow the attainment and achievement gap between those entitled to pupil premium and those not. Historically pupils at SJV achieve and attain well, often at levels higher than those expected nationally. However, there is still a pattern, of pupil premium pupils doing better than other pupil premium pupils nationally but not as well as those who are not entitled to the pupil premium grant. We aim to narrow and even remove this gap.

We will ensure that:

  • A high profile is given to Disadvantaged Pupils.
  • All staff are accountable for the progress of Disadvantaged children.
  • The progress and attainment of all Disadvantaged pupils is carefully tracked and analysed. We also make use of a wide range of educational research in order to decide how best to spend our funding to maximise the opportunities for our pupils.

Our funding priorities for 2018-19 fall into the following areas:

  • Improved Pupil Feedback: personalised feedback for progress
  • Teacher Led Intervention: teachers given time to address known barrier.
  • Collaborative Learning: providing the opportunity for pupils to work in smaller group.
  • Peer Tutoring and Support: enabling pupils to learn from each other.
  • Social and Emotional Support: ensuring that children are ready to learn, free from distraction.
  •  Enrichment within and beyond the curriculum: trips, residentials, sport, arts.
  • Learning and the Curriculum: improving curriculum resources to appeal to the hard to reach.
  • Support for Parents and Families: holiday activity camps.

This strategy will be reviewed in the first half term of 2019.