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Pupil Premium information

The pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It represents additional funding that the government gives to schools for each pupil considered 'disadvantaged'. The money must be spent on these pupils to support their education, but it is for the school to determine how it is spent.

Poverty or low income is the single most important factor in predicting a child's future life chances, with many pupils in low income families having low attainment by age 16. The government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address these underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

Mrs Penrose (Headteacher and Assessment Leader) leads the provision for Pupil Premium pupils.

This provision is under constant review to ensure the targeted use of the Pupil Premium is highly effective so Pupil Premium pupils 'diminish the difference' to their peers.

The Pupil Premium Strategy is reviewed annually at the autumn Full Governing Body meeting.

Children from households with lower incomes may be entitled to free school meals. Where parents/carers are paying for school meals (in KS2), families will save around £400 a year for each primary school child if they are entitled to free school meals. As well as receiving a two course meal worth £2.30 every day at primary school, children might also qualify for help with transport costs. Even if your child is in receipt of Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) in EYFS and Key Stage 1, it is very important you apply for FSM if you are eligible as we will then receive over £1000 per year to support these pupils.

Cambridgshire County Council website has more information about Free School Meals and you can read about "Count me in" for the Pupil Premium on the website or in school.

Our system of ParentPay ensures that children with FSM are not identified when the dinner register is called in school.

Please apply for free school meals if you may be eligible.
Pupil Premium 2019-22
Analysis of the challenges that face our children who are eligible for pupil premium reveals that the barriers to educational achievement are:
  • Attendance & punctuality
  • Oracy Skills
  • Confidence, self esteem and social skills
  • Resilience, independence and a growth mindset
  • Gaps in skills, knowledge and understanding in specific areas of the curriculum
  • Access to online learning resources
  • Access to extra curricular learning
  • Access to physical resources
What are we doing to diminish the difference?

Historically, our actions have been:

  • Expecting & supporting Quality First Teaching for all children.
  • Implementing additional evidenced based intervention programmes where appropriate.
  • Providing additional Teaching Assistant (TA) and Teacher support within the classroom.
  • Curriculum enhancement activities to support motivation and engagement, providing access to a rich and stimulating broad curriculum.
  • Social, emotional and behavioural support to reduce barriers to learning.
  • Attendance and punctuality support to ensure full take up of school offer.
  • The collaborative Oracy project, together with the Barrington, Foxton, Petersfield (PFP) cluster.

Following its introduction in 2019-20, it is our intention to continue to implement a clear tiered approach to Pupil Premium spending balancing approaches to improving teaching, targeted academic support and wider strategies. The three tiers are:

  • Teaching - for example professional development, recruitment and retention and support for early career teachers.
  • Targeted academic support - for example structured interventions, small group tuition and one-to-one support.
  • Wider strategies - for example behaviour approaches, breakfast clubs and increasing attendance.

Improving teaching will attract half the funding allocation whilst tier 2 (targeted academic support) and tier 3 (wider strategies) will both attach approximately a quarter of the funding.

If you would like to read in more detail how we allocate support and funding and track the impact of what we do please click on the links below.

Last Reviewed: July 2020
Planned review date: October 2020

Latest News

21st Oct - Today we are pleased to feature in the Cambridge Independent Newspaper with photos and an explanation about our positive mental health curriculum.

19th Oct - We had a great whole school RE day today building up our school journey of 'Understanding Christianity'. Our youngest children learnt about what makes us special and how Jesus is special to Christians. Our older children looked into the topic of what is the 'Good News' of the gospel.

16th Oct - Today, our pupils showcased their positive mental health work as a press photographer visited our school to take socially distanced pictures for the newspaper.

15th Oct - THANK YOU! to the parents who have donated slabs (and the time and effort to install them) to make entry to the school gate less muddy!

13th Oct - Despite to power cut, thank you to everyone who is joining us for the virtual Parents' Evening tonight!

12th Oct - Thanks to Pine class, we will now have on display posters to promote positive thinking including word-web phrases and images. They explored what 'Positive Thinking' means and how we can be more positive in our lives and with other people.

9th Oct - The virtual governor visit today was an opportunity to celebrate all the work we have done this week in conjunction with the YMCA and our cluster schools. Please do ask the children about what they have learnt and how together, we are all promoting positive mental health.

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Notices

As per County and national guidance, Petersfield will only close in exceptional circumstances or where instructed to do so. The decision will be made ASAP and displayed first on our school website in the 'Latest News' above.


Covid-19 Coronavirus update - we continue to follow the regularly updated government guidance available via this link. At all times, safety is our highest priority. Please ensure you follow guidance particularly regarding illness, isolation and entry to


The newspaper article about 'Max and Milky make it to Mars' - written by our Book Club volunteer Ute - is here. She has kindly donated a copy of her book to our school library.


Please see our vacancies page for an opportunity for a Playworker.


Run Orwell - now a virtual event for everyone! Click here to visit the website and join in!


Save yourself time naming uniform and raise money for school. Visit www.stikins.co.uk. Quote code 15787


As we explained in a newsletter, we have updates our policies and privacy notice about how we process data in line with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). Click here for the updated policies.


Is your child due to start school in September 2020? If so, click here to find out more about how to visits and learn about how to apply to join our fantastic school.


Are you interested in being a Governor? Do you have HR or Finance skills? If so, please do visit our Governors' webpage to find out more about the strategic role of our Governors.


Funding for Petersfield - As you may have read in the media, school funding is under threat. Please click here to see the information about how you can continue to help.


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