Symondsbury Church of England VA Primary School

The Church of England

Pupil Premium

At Symondsbury CE VA Primary School, we aim to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our pupils.

The Pupil Premium is a sum of money in the school’s budget based on the number of children who are looked after or who are entitled to free school meals.

The school had 12 Pupil Premium children (with no looked After/service children) funded in FY 18/19. We have budgeted support for all at £1320 per pupil. This gives us a total budget of £15,840 to be spent directly on these pupils in FY 20/21.

According to the Government, "It is for schools and head teachers to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupil within their responsibility". At Symondsbury we use a number of creative approaches when spending this money to enable our vulnerable pupils to make more progress and close the gap in attainment between pupils of low income families and those from more affluent families. At Symondsbury we believe that all pupils have the right to achieve the very best they can, irrespective of their family financial circumstances. We work tirelessly to ensure the best outcomes for all, and utilise Pupil Premium funds to achieve this.

Pupil Premium is used to part fund a number of key iniatives:

  • Providing uniform for pupils
  • Providing money towards residential visits
  • Providing money for swimming lessons
  • Providing additional teacher for small 1:1/small group literacy support
  • Providing sports clubs during and after school
  • Providing training, support and resources for Write Away + literacy
  • Providing training, support and resources for Speech + Language
  • Providing staff for 1:1
  • Providing training, support and resources for Numbers Count
  • Providing training, support and resources for Learn and move
  • Providing training, support and resources ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support)

This has contributed to:

  • excellent end of Key Stage results for identified pupils
  • noticeable improvements in pupil progress – closing the gap between performance of children who are eligible for pupil premium and those who are not
  • improved pupil confidence and self esteem
  • increased engagement in learning
  • improved attendance
  • increased extracurricular opportunities for pupils

End of KS2

Gap in the percentage of pupils achieving ARE+ (Non FSM - FSM)



School Gap

 (2017)                  (2018)       (2019)


  0%                     N/A                 +40%


-73%(1 pupil)      N/A                  +30%


0%                      N/A                -47%

Read/Write/Maths combined

-73% (1 pupil)     N/A                 -27%



Recent research has shown us to be undertaking many aspects of best practice in all year groups in terms of what we are able to achieve with our Pupil Premium funding. 

We carefully monitor each class using formative and summative assessment to ensure that the gap between PP and non-PP is closed and action plans are swiftly put into place in order to achieve this.

For a more detailed breakdown of our Pupil Premium spending and impact, please click the following link:

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2017-18

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2018 - 19

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2019-2022