Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is essentially a grant that a school receives to support students from low-income backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from more affluent families. From September 2016, the premium will be worth £1320 and goes to students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or qualified. £1,900 goes to any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order. Finally £300 goes to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.

It is worth noting that the Pupil Premium does not provide a personal budget for a child, rather it adds to the budget of the school so that we can target support and opportunities for the children that need it most.

How the money is spent is closely monitored and the school is held accountable for how the money is used and the impact it has. At Mary Exton we use the money in a variety of ways - to add additional time to certain members of staff's hours or contracts, to earmark time spent on interventions for certain children, to fund enrichment opportunities, to buy resources and equipment specifically for 'closing the gap' intervention, and a small amount is also used for 'mini-bursaries' i.e. financial support for school trips, extra items of clothing etc.

How do we measure the impact?

Within our data systems we are able to look specifically at the progress of children in receipt of the Pupil Premium. We can capture their progress and the usual cycle of data collections, monitoring and tracking enable us to identify early those children in need of support and intervention. For example, we have termly Pupil Progress meetings where we review the progress of the children, using both summative and formative assessment (ie. data/results from tests and also the observation of classroom teachers) and adjust our provision accordingly.


Even though all children in Reception and KS1 currently have an entitlement to free school meals, if you are not officially registered as a low-income family, we do not receive Pupil Premium Funding for your child. 

Unfortunately, the way of registering for Pupil Premium is still called 'Applying for Free School Meals' which obviously does not quite make sense if you are in Reception and KS1 as everyone gets free meals anyway. Even though your child may receive a free school meal like everyone else, it is really important to 'apply' as this brings with it the extra £1320 grant for the school. 

Additionally, as your child enters KS2, they will continue to receive free school meals (unlike everyone else who from Yr 3 upwards has to pay).

To apply please click here.


Please contact the school office if you have any questions. 


In the academic year 2016-2017 Mary Exton's full Pupil Premium grant was £39,160. 

Click here to view our 2016-2017 Pupil Premium Strategy, which offers detailed information on how this grant was used and the impact the actions made.


In the academic year 2015-2016 Mary Exton's full Pupil Premium grant was £30,360. We have used the grant to fund the following things:

  • An additional half-day per week for the INCO to monitor and coordinate support = INCO has been thoroughly tracking PP progress and pupil voice has been allocated within this time, which has been central for key decisions.
  • Targeted Speech and Language Therapy sessions = impact has shown that Teaching Assistants are making use of speech and language sessions within class, which has assisted progress for PP children in this area.
  • Fisher Family Trust = PP children have received additional support are making good progress from PP Data Report 2015-2016.
  • Pastoral Care = PP children have been supported through pastoral programmes within school and anxiety has been lowered as a result.
  • Additional hours for TAs for classes with a high number of Pupil Premium children = impact has shown that a higher number of PP children are working within or above their attainment as well as making good progress. This has been evident in PP Data Report 2015-2016.
  • 2 Simple Assessment Tool = impact has shown that PP children  have been able to make progress via this ICT tool.
  • Reading Comprehension resources = impact has shown that PP have made progress in reading.
  • Additional MSA to support emotional and social needs on the playground = impact has shown that there are fewer incidents on the playground.
  • Homework club = impact has shown that key children who had difficulties with homework are now completing this on time and have a better understanding of homework. Not as many children attended, so this will not continue next year for better impact.
  • Play therapy = Play Therapist Reports have shown that pupils have made progress with their social development and are less anxious as a result. Due to this, play therapy will not continue next year and key pupils will be identified and supported within class interventions.
  • Small bursaries = impact has shown that families have been financially supported for trips.


In the academic year 2014-2015 Mary Exton's full Pupil Premium grant was £24,700. We have used the grant to fund the following things:

  • An additional half-day per week for the Inco to monitor and coordinate support
  • Small group and one-to-one interventions including  early years speech and language interventions
  • Additional TAs for classes with a high number of Pupil Premium children
  • Ear-marked nurture and extension time 
  • Homework club
  • Play therapy
  • Small bursaries
  • Family support work
  • New school reading books with a complete range of SEN 'Progress' books