Bishop Martin C.E. Primary School
Pupil premium

The Pupil Premium is funding in addition to the school's budget and is used by the school to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most. It is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) within the last 6 years. Pupil Premium payments are also allocated for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces or have previously served in the last 5 years.  This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.  'Pupil Premium Plus' is allocated to pupils who are ‘Looked After’ (in care) or adopted.   Schools are now accountable to the Local Authority 'Virtual School' for the ways in which funding is spent for these pupils.  

Schools are free to decide how to allocate Pupil Premium funding to best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils. 

The School Business Manager and the Inclusion Manager (both members of the Senior Leadership Team) have been given delegated responsibilities by the Head Teacher to ensure that Pupil Premium funding is used effectively.

It is the Head Teacher's responsibility to ensure that the Governors receive termly reports including:

  • an account of the progress made towards closing the gap between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium pupils
  • an outline of changes to provision that have been made since the last meeting
  • an evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of provisions in terms of progress and impact on those pupils receiving these provisions
  • a detailed breakdown of expenditure

Members of the Governing body will ensure that an annual statement is published on the schools website on how Pupil Premium funding is used to address the issue of closing the gap.


Our Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Plus funding this year was £166,161.  This year we aim to focus on writing across the school.  We also aim to improve on progress rates for our disadvantaged pupils.  

Click here to see our 2016-2017 PP strategy


In 2015-2016 we hoped to build on the previous year's success!  Our total Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Plus funding was £187,647.  We had some great successes!

  • READING: In KS2 our disadvantaged pupils had an average scaled score equal to or above the national score for other pupils!
  • PHONICS: The proportion of disadvantaged pupils that met the expected standard in phonics was above the national figure for other pupils in Year 1!
  • KS1: for disdavantaged pupils, attainment of 'greater depth' in all subjects was close to or above national figures for other pupils!

Click here for the Pupil Premium Report for 2015-2016.


In 2014/15 academic year the amount of Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Plus allocated to school increased to £180,169.  The school continued with the strategies used during 2013/14 and also provided the following (fully or partly funded by Pupil Premium funding):

  • Intervention materials to narrow the gap in writing
  • Additional software (apps and online subscriptions to meet the needs of the curriculum)
  • A free at the point of need Breakfast Club
  • Subsidised curriculum enrichment and enhancement activities (eg: Outdoor and Adventurous Residential trips)
  • Part funding of a designated and targeted Pastoral team.
  • Additional support staff curriculum intervention work.

In 2014-15 Bishop Martin Primary School used its Pupil Premium funding strategically to narrow and close the gap for our Disadvantaged pupils. Our Disadvantaged pupils begin school well below the national expectations compared to their peers and make up the majority of the school population (in 2014 the percentage of pupils eligible for FSM6 was 61.4%).  Over the course of their school life they make better than expected progress and close the gap (even eliminating completely in 2014-15 in Reading and Maths) with their peers.  Pupil Premium funding is a huge part of this work and the impact can be seen below.  

The impact of the use of this funding can clearly be seen through school analysis of data over time. 

  • In 2014-15 the Attainment at the end of Key Stage 2 of Disadvantaged pupils against their peers was higher at Level 4 and 5 in both Maths and Reading.
  • The table below is an analysis of the last 3 years’ worth of data.  It shows, on average, the size of gap in attainment between Disadvantaged pupils (FSM6) and their peers.  It can clearly be seen how the gap is narrowed significantly over time.

Closing the Gap (3 Year Average: 2012-2015)


End of KS1

End of KS2

Gap Narrowed By
















Click here to see the Pupil Premium report for 2014-2015


If you require paper copies of our Pupil Premium information on this page, please ask a member of office staff and this can be provided free of charge.

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