St Michaels Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 0QA

01462 456997

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Mary Exton Primary School

Pupil Premium


Is your child eligible for Pupil Premium Funding?


What is Pupil Premium Funding?

Pupil premium funding is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.  In 2011/2012 schools were allocated Pupil Premium funding for children from low-income families who were eligible for free school meals or had been looked after continuously for more than six months.  From April 2013 the Pupil Premium was extended to include children who had been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years.  A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the Armed Forces.  Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit however, they are responsible for how they use the additional funding and this must be published on the school website.

What is the Pupil Premium Allocation for Mary Exton?

Pupil Premium is allocated based on numbers on the Autumn term census data. For the academic year 2020/21 the school has received £31,485 for Pupil Premium funding.

What is the Mary Exton Pupil Premium profile?

For the academic year 2021/22 the school has  approximately 14% of pupils who are receiving free school meals, have received free school meals in one or more of the previous 6 years (Ever 6), or are a child looked after, or a child from a service personnel.

How is Pupil Premium Funding Used?

Pupil Premium is primarily used to fund the cost of additional interventions which support those pupils to help diminish the differences in their learning compared with that of their peers, or support their social and emotional needs and generally help them achieve their full potential.The DfE states: “Schools, head teachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for pupils”.

What are the main barriers to learning the pupils at Mary Exton face?

The barriers that some of these pupils face include social and emotional well-being, social and economic barriers including family needs that impact on their learning, a need for support with homework and gaps in learning.  Currently, 23% Pupil Premium children also have Special Educational Needs.

How is the impact of Pupil Premium expenditure measured?

Frequent use of assessment data monitors the effectiveness of interventions and teaching strategies, providing the school with evidence of impact.  Impact of intervention sheets, action plan and APDR reviews and pupil voice are also essential to provide qualitative evidence of progress and the impact of expenditure.  All teachers take responsibility for the progress of the Pupil Premium children within their classes.  Pupil Progress Meetings and Performance Management meetings always include discussions about these children.

Parent Documentation

Please click on the following link to complete the forms to check your eligibility for Pupil Premium Funding.  It takes about 5 minutes to complete.


If you are successful in your application, download the Pupil Premium Menucomplete it and return it to school to help guide us to spend the funding in a way that is right for your child.


If you would like help completing any of the required documentation please speak to a member of the school office in the first instance.