Premiums and Financial Information

Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.


At St Mary’s, we ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils including those who belong to vulnerable groups, such as those who generate the pupil premium.

To ensure that provision is appropriate for these pupils, we carry out thorough needs assessments and produce individualised programmes of support for each child. These are reviewed three times a year. The progress of pupil premium pupils is also reviewed six times a year, rather than three, to ensure that the support is focussed and impactful.

In making provision for disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged.
We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged whilst at least 70% of any group will be made up of pupil premium children. Please see our costed provision map for more details of how the school spends its allocated pupil premium grant.

Please see our impact statement for more details of how the pupil premium grant impacts positively on the attainment and progress of our pupil premium pupils.

Who can apply?

Your child may be eligible for pupil premium if you receive, or have received in the last six year, any of the following benefits:

  • Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
  • Working Tax Credit run on, which is paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal credit

Why should I apply? If you apply and qualify for the funding, the school can use the money to provide valuable support such as:

  • Extra one-to-one or small-group support for children within the classroom
  • Employing extra teaching assistants to work with classes
  • Funding some of the educational trips and visits
  • Investing in resources that boost children’s learning


It is the responsibility of the Executive Headteacher, currently delegated to the Head of School, to produce regular reports for the Governing Body on the progress and attainment of this group of pupils.

A Pupil Premium Link Governor is also appointed to monitor the quality of provision for this group.
The Governors of the school also ensure that there is an annual statement which outlines how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for these pupils.

The use and distribution of Pupil Premium Funding is carried out within the statutory requirements published by the Department for Education.

PE and Sports Premium

At St Mary’s Primary School, we recognise the significant contribution of PE to the health and well-being of all children. In addition, we believe that an innovative and varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children.

What is the Sports Premium?

The PE and sports premium for primary schools was introduced in March 2013 to improve the provision of PE and sport in primary schools across England. The school sport and activity action plan is a cross-government plan created to provide children with a greater chance to access 60 minutes of sport and physical activity every day.

This plan recommended that at least 30 of those minutes take place within school time. The PE and sport premium can help schools to achieve this aim, as it provides schools with £350 million of government funding to improve the PE and physical activity opportunities for children.

Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils they have in years 1 to 6. Funding is determined by using data from the January 2023 school census. For the year 2023 to 2024, the amounts payable will be £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil at St Mary’s.

How is the money already helping at St Mary’s and the impact it has had for our children;

  • The delivery of PE by a specialist sports teacher has raised outcomes in PE overall and high proportions of children have met or exceeded the Age Related Expectations in PE.
  • The school also spent a proportion of the grant to improve resourcing of Sports/PE year on year. This includes schemes of work and equipment allowing children to receive the best quality lessons available.
  • CPD and career development for PE teacher and teachers, helping to ensure the retention of our good provision. Specialist sports teachers have enhanced the delivery of dance and gymnastics, further improving pupil outcomes.
  • Improved assessment and reporting arrangements about children’s attainment and progress in PE due to CPD and subject leader communication via the BPSS which is paid for using the PE grant.
  • St Mary’s has also been able to participate in a wide range of sporting competitions and festival organised by the Barnet Partnership of School Sport.

Please see the PE Grant and expenditure reports below for more information.

Any extra Primary School Sport’s Funding will be used to enable us to continue to develop our PE provision through employing additional sports professionals, entering into more competitive sports competitions and training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions.

Year 6 Swimming 2022-2023

National Curriculum Requirement % of Year 6 pupils who met requirement
Swim competently, confidently, and proficiently over a distance of at least 25metres

Use a range of strokes effectively (for example front crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke)

Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations



It wasn’t taught that year – It has now been added to the curriculum.

‘Catch Up’ Provision

We deploy additional staff for this purpose. The school’s catch up strategy had a positive impact on pupil attainment so far and, especially in KS2, outcomes are higher than we expected. In KS1, where the basic skills in the core subjects are not yet established, there is a greater need for catch up, and more children will require intervention.

Our strategy consists of three tiers which are explained below with some further details provided:

Tier 1: Whole class teaching, providing a focus on catch up intervention based on the needs of the cohort. The actions so far were:

  • Sample testing in July 2020, providing us with areas for development in the core subjects for each cohort.
  • Designing a catch up curriculum based on the question level analysis of the July tests, addressing the weaker areas. This was delivered in the first six weeks of the autumn term.
  • Testing all pupils in Reading, Writing and Maths at the end of the first half of the autumn term. This was used to establish a baseline and to plan further intervention for those who are not at the appropriate level based on their prior attainment

Tier 2: Plan and deliver a series of prescriptive and tailored interventions based on the individuals’ test analysis or other needs. These will be delivered as appropriate during the course of the year.

Interventions continue remotely in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 during Lockdown 3, and includes identified children currently at home and those in the Key Worker/Vulnerable Pupil provision.

Tier 3: This is aimed at those who need further intervention to achieve their targets based on their prior attainment. These will commence in January and will consist of 1:1 or small group tuition either by teaching assistants or qualified teachers. This will focus on the core subjects.

Use of the Government’s Covid Catch Up Grant

The school will receive a government grant of £32,960 for this purpose. This will be used as follows:

  • Baseline assessments to identify those in need of this provision: £2000
  • Reception equipment for intervention, particularly for Physical Development (lowest area in EYFS Baseline Sept 2020): £3500
  • Amount available to employ an additional teaching assistant to support year 1 and 2 interventions: £10,626
  • Amount available to employ an additional teacher(s) to support year 3-6 interventions: £16,834

School Financial Information and Benchmarking

Please note, no members of staff at St Mary’s, including the school Leadership, earn a gross annual salary of £100,000 or over.

School financial benchmarking (DfE)