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School Overview


School NameAthelstan Primary School
Pupils in school615 (Oct 22 Census)
Proportion of disadvantaged pupils31% (Oct 22 Census)
Academic year or years covered by statement2021/2022 - 2023/2024
Publish dateSeptember 2023
Review dateJuly 2024
Statement authorised byDave Shaw, Headteacher
Pupil Premium leadsLisa Watson, Deputy Headteacher 
Governor leadSarah Horsfield, Co-Chair of Governors


Funding Overview




Pupil premium allocation this academic year


Recovery premium funding allocation this academic year


Pupil premium funding carried forward from previous years


Total budget for this academic year



Statement of Intent

Our intention is that all pupils, irrespective of their background or the challenges they face, make good progress and achieve high attainment across all subject areas. The focus of our pupil premium strategy is to support disadvantaged pupils to achieve that goal, including progress for those who are already high attainers.


We will consider the challenges faced by vulnerable pupils, such as those who have involvement with outside agencies. The activities we have outlined in this statement are intended to support their needs, regardless of whether they are disadvantaged or not.


High-quality teaching is at the heart of our approach, with a focus on areas in which disadvantaged pupils require the most support. This is proven to have the greatest impact on closing the disadvantage attainment gap and at the same time will benefit the non-disadvantaged pupils in our school. Implicit in the intended outcomes detailed below, is the intention that non-disadvantaged pupils’ attainment will be sustained and improved alongside progress for their disadvantaged peers.


Our strategy is also integral to wider school plans for education recovery, notably in its targeted support through tutoring for pupils whose education has been worst affected, including non-disadvantaged pupils.


Our approach will be responsive to common challenges and individual needs, rooted in robust diagnostic assessment, not assumptions about the impact of disadvantage. The approaches we have adopted complement each other to help pupils excel. To ensure they are effective we will:


• ensure all pupils are challenged in the work that they’re set

• act early to intervene at the point need is identified to ensure pupils keep up

• ensure all staff take responsibility for disadvantaged pupils’ outcomes and raise expectations of what they can achieve



This details the key challenges to achievement that we have identified among our disadvantaged pupils.


Challenge NumberDetail of Challenge
1Assessments, observations and discussions indicate poor speech, language deprivation and a general lack of vocabulary among many pupils.  This is evident from Reception through to KS2. 
2On entry to Reception, over the last three years, between 81-91% of our disadvantaged pupils have arrived below age-related expectations compared to 72-76% of other pupils. Assessments and observations indicate that disadvantaged pupils have greater difficulty with phonics in FS than their peers.  
3Internal and external assessments indicate that disadvantaged pupils perform significantly below their non-disadvantaged peers in combined reading, writing and maths in KS2. 
4Assessments and observations indicate that the education and wellbeing of many of our disadvantaged pupils have been negatively impacted by school closures over the past two years.  These findings are supported by national studies. This has resulted in significant gaps in knowledge leading to pupils falling further behind age-related expectations, especially in writing.
5Our assessments, observations and discussions with pupils and families have identified social and emotional issues including limited emotional resilience and low self-esteem.  Challenges, such as a lack of enrichment opportunities during lockdown, together with poor morning, evening and bedtime routines have impacted negatively on disadvantaged pupils. 
6Our attendance data over the last two years indicates that attendance among disadvantaged pupils has been, on average, at least 3.8% lower than non-disadvantaged pupils.  In addition, we have some families who live outside of catchment and struggle with punctuality. High mobility is also a barrier, as some families move for work or are rehoused far away after being housed in a nearby confidential address.


Intended Outcomes


Intended OutcomesSuccess Criteria

To improve language acquisition and vocabulary

Assessments, observations, discussions with pupils and scrutiny of our VIP indicates improved oral language among disadvantaged pupils and a wider use of vocabulary in written work.

To achieve at least national figures for GLD

Outcomes in 2023/24 show that more than 75% of disadvantaged pupils achieve GLD.

To achieve at least national figures for PSC

Outcomes in 2023/24 show that more than 85% of disadvantaged pupils meet the expected standard in the PSC.

To ensure attainment in reading, writing and maths combined is at national figures for all pupils in KS2

KS2 outcomes for combined reading, writing and maths show that more than 75% of disadvantaged pupils meet the expected standard.


To ensure and sustain improved wellbeing for all pupils in our school, particularly those who are disadvantaged

Sustained high levels of wellbeing from 2023/24 demonstrated by:

  • Qualitative data from pupil voice, parent/carer discussions, feedback from the Pastoral Team and observations within school
  • Increased participation in extracurricular activities

To achieve a whole school attendance target of 96% for all groups and to ensure persistent absence figures are no greater than 9%

Sustained high attendance from 2023/24 demonstrated by:

  • The overall absence rate for all pupils being no more than 4%, and the attendance gap between disadvantaged pupils and their non-disadvantaged peers being reduced by 2%.
  • The percentage of all pupils who are persistently absent being below the national figure of 9% and the figure among disadvantaged pupils reducing from 15% to 12%. 


Activity in this academic year

This details how we intend to spend our pupil premium (and recovering premium funding) this academic year to address the challenges listed above.



Budgeted cost: £131,156 - 41% of total spend


Activity                        Evidence that supports this approach




Daily vocabulary enrichment through our morning 'words of the week' and a focus across the whole curriculum on language acquisition.

Research shows the importance of the explicit teaching of vocabulary and how this supports pupils to communicate effectively and achieve academically.

1, 2, 3

High quality and regular White Rose Maths and PIXL CPD to ensure there is quality first teaching in morning sessions and that afternoon. interventions complement this.

WalkThru CPD extended to teaching staff.

High quality Writing for Pleasure CPD to ensure we create a writerly community. 

Regular liaison between class teachers and support staff.

Support from Assistant Headteachers to ensure high quality teaching (using the PiXL model, WRM and W4P). 

Purchase of PiXL, W4P and WalkThru subscriptions.

Research shows that high quality teaching can narrow the disadvantage gap and promoting effective CPD plays a crucial role in this.

2, 3, 4

Regular development days with the RWI Consultant.

Access to the online training portal with the RWI Leader to ensure there is a high standard of phonics teaching and tutoring in EYFS and KS1.

Daily coaching by Deputy Headteacher and RWI Leader to ensure high quality teaching.

Purchase of RWI resources to maintain strong phonics teaching for all pupils.


Phonics approaches have a strong evidence base that indicates a positive impact on the accuracy of word reading, particularly for disadvantaged pupils.



Targeted academic support

Budgeted cost: £68,142 - 21% of total spend


ActivityEvidence that supports this approach




High quality and regular PiXL and WalkThru CPD for support staff to improve the quality and impact of questioning during interventions.

Purchase of PiXL and WalkThru subscriptions.

Research shows that small group tuition can have an impact of up to four months’ progress over the course of a year and that by providing training to those delivering these interventions (therapies), increases the impact.

3, 4
Daily one-to-one tutoring in EYFS and KS1 to accelerate progress in reading for pupils falling behind age-related expectations.

Research shows that high quality one-to-one tuition is effective for improving pupil outcomes.

2, 4


Wider strategies 

Budgeted cost: £120,400  - 38% of total spend


ActivityEvidence that supports this approach




Providing an effective Pastoral Team, including a Safeguarding Liaison Officer, to support pupils and families across a range of areas including behaviour, well-being and good routines.

According to figures from the Department for Education, pupils who receive Free School Meals are more likely to receive a permanent or fixed period exclusion compared to those who do not.

The most common reason for exclusion is persistent disruptive behaviour. Pupil behaviour will have multiple influences, some of which teachers can directly manage though universal or classroom management approaches. Some pupils will require more specialist support to help manage their self-regulation or social and emotional skills.

4, 5, 6
Providing access to a broad range of extended services, including Breakfast Club and extra-curricular activities.

Research shows that participation in extracurricular activities supports pupils’ academic and personal development


Working with parents to support pupil’s learning EEF

4, 5
Embedding principles of good practice as set out in the DfE’s Improving School Attendance advice to improve attendance and readiness to learn for the most disadvantaged pupils.

Guidance has been informed by schools that have significantly reduced levels of absence and PA.

Exposing our pupils to a range of enrichment curriculum experiences (ACEOs) which they would not normally have access to within their own home life.

Pupils who are exposed to a wide range of experiences and culture develop character-building qualities which will help them succeed in later life. childrensengagementwiththeoutdoorsandsportsactivitiesuk/2014to2015

4, 5


Total budgeted cost: £319,698


Recovery - one-off payment over four instalments £26,260

ActivityEvidence that supports this approach




Four additional days of support from a regular and experienced supply teaching assistant (qualified as a teacher) to provide high-quality targeted support for pupils falling behind age-related expectations in Y4.

Research shows that small group tuition can have an impact of up to four months’ progress over the course of a year.



3, 4
Daily one-to-one tutoring by a qualified teacher in EYFS and KS1 to accelerate progress in reading for pupils falling behind age-related expectations.

Research shows that high quality one-to-one tuition is effective for improving pupil outcomes.



Part B: Review of outcomes in the previous academic year


Pupil premium strategy outcomes


This details the impact that our pupil premium activity had on pupils in the 2022 to 2023 academic year. 


GLD data for 2022/23 showed 50% of disadvantaged pupils achieving GLD, compared to 72% of all pupils. 


Our Y1 PSC outcomes remained above national figures, with 87% all pupils and 83% of disadvantaged pupils meeting the expected standard.  In the Y2 phonics recheck, 93% of all pupils and 85% of disadvantaged pupils achieved the expected standard.  This was as a result of regular coaching, resulting in high quality phonics teaching as well as daily targeted one-to-one support for those falling behind.


Y2 results were below the 2022 national figures for all pupils and disadvantaged pupils.  For greater depth reading and maths, disadvantaged pupils performed broadly in line with all pupils nationally.


In the Y4 MTC, the average score improved significantly once again this year since the previous year as a result of targeted support. 74% of all pupils gained a score of 20 or more (67% for disadvantaged pupils), with the average score standing at 21.3 (20.5 for disadvantaged).  31% of all pupils achieved full marks (25% of disadvantaged). 


In Y6, 58% of all pupils and 36% of disadvantaged pupils achieved the expected standard in combined reading, writing and maths. 


The school had a visit from OFSTED in March 2023.  With regard to persona development the report stated:

'The personal development of pupils is a priority for leaders.  There is a strong personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum that pupils enjoy.  Pupils speak maturely about what they have learned.'

'The emphasis on pupils' personal development also supports the positive behaviour of pupils.  Good behaviour is based on the excellent relationships between staff and pupils, and on the clear routines that are consistently used by staff. Pupils are polite and courteous, and this is consistently acknowledged by staff.'


All pupils have been offered a wide range of extracurricular clubs throughout the year, with 69% of all pupils (57% at the end of 2022) and 73% of disadvantaged pupils (42% at the end of 2022) having attended at least one of these.


Whole school attendance for the academic year 22/23 was 93.56%. This was affected by term time holidays which accounted for 1.2% of absence; illness accounted for 3.5% of absence and unauthorised absence accounted for 0.9% of absence.  At the end of the school year, 99 pupils were classed as persistently absent, which dropped from 130 in the previous year.


Externally provided programmes


Read Write Inc Phonics and SpellingRuth Miskin
PiXL PrimaryPiXL Partners in Excellence
White Rose MathsWhite Rose Education
WalkThrusTom Sherrington and Oliver Caviglioli


Service pupil premium funding


How did you spend your service pupil premium allocation last academic year?

Pupils had access to members of the Pastoral Team for emotional support.  Extra transition support was also put in place.  Extended opportunities for pupils to represent school in sporting events and to hold an area of responsibility.

What was the impact of that spending on service pupil premium eligible pupils?Teachers and the pastoral team reported positive wellbeing amongst our service children. All three pupils demonstrated a confident and happy approach to school life, both academically and emotionally.


Why have we chosen these approaches?

  • Previous data since introducing both RWI and PiXL has shown significant improvement eg PSC from 59% to 87% in 2023, with a diminishing difference between all pupils and disadvantaged.  In the 2023 Y1 PSC, there was also just a 4% gap for disadvantaged pupils compared to all pupils. 
  • PiXL therapies have had a very good impact on both pupils' ability to tackle SATs papers, subsequent attainment and the school's progress scores. 
  • Improved behaviour as a result of an experienced and effectively deployed Pastoral Team. 
  • Early intervention means less impact of lost learning for vulnerable learners. 


How will the impact be measured?

  • Regular drop-ins, team teaching and coaching by the Deputy and Assistant Headteachers
  • CPD evaluations
  • Data analysis
  • Laser meetings
  • Attendance meetings
  • Pastoral Team meetings
  • Behaviour grades and OBE statistics


Governors monitor the impact of PP monies at Strategic, Engaging Learning, Resources and Curriculum and Standards' committees.  

Summary of PP spending in 2022-2023 - £280,722

Teaching - £112,834

Targeted Support - £66,107

Wider Strategies - £101,780


Summary of spendingCost

RWI Phonics and Spelling 

RWI teaching and one-to-one tuition


TA targeted Y5 support

Pastoral staff, including Safeguarding Liaison Officer

Clerical officers to target attendance and extended services

PiXL subscription and CPD

ACEOs (Athelstan Cultural Enrichment Opportunities) and National Trust

Breakfast Club

Coaching from two Assistant Headteachers

Coaching from Deputy Headteacher 

Y6 Residential

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Service Premium

Allocation: £310 each per year

Number of service children - 1 in Y4


Desired outcomesChosen action/approachStaff lead

Pastoral needs of the Service Children are supported so that they enjoy school

Improved levels of communication

Build a sense of wider community and better understanding of the role of their service parent/carer

Access to the Pastoral Team as and when required

Worry box

Little Troopers resources - Mindfulness Resource Pack, postcards, Send-A-Hug, badges, Father’s Day cards, etc

Priority for pupil responsibility roles within school and access to events in the wider curriculum (eg sporting festivals).

Lisa Watson and Fiona Barry