St Michaels School Stewkley

St Michaels School Stewkley

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Pupil Premium

Did you know … just registering your child for Free School Meals means that your school gets extra money? 

Register now to make sure we don’t miss out

The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.

For every child registered for Free School Meals at St Michael’s School the school receives £1300. From September 2014 all infant pupils will receive universal free school meals. PLEASE NOTE families who qualify for pupil premium still have to register with the school for free school meals in order for the school to receive pupil premium funding.

With this money we could help with a contribution towards school trips and other activities within the school day.

How does it work?

1. First, check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please

    look at the list on the next page.

2. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, contact the

     school office who will help you to register.

3. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s
    great – they will get the free meal (saving you more that £350 a year), extra  

    benefits and the school gets £1300 extra.

4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can
    continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the
    school still gets £1300 extra.


No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

Please talk to us about registering your child today.

Do you qualify?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit except if you meet ANY of the following criteria –

i) entitled to working tax credit (regardless of income)

ii) have an annual income in excess of £16,190 (Please note that this figure is for April 2013 and that it changes in April each year).

  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit




ACADEMIC YEAR  2016 – 2017 

The Pupil Premium received by the school annually is used to improve pupil progress and attainment and to help overcome barriers to learning for vulnerable groups. All pupils’ progress and attainment is tracked and compared to other vulnerable groups, pupils on roll and nationally.

Summary ; We are a one form entry school , with the exception of our year 4 class which is two form entry . St Michael’s is situated in the middle of Stewkley  village .  We have close links with both the chapel and church and consider ourselves to be an important part of the village community. 


 Total number of children on roll  202 Total number of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding  17
 Current % of PP children in school 8%   National and local comparisons

Bucks - 7%

National - 26%

2016 - 2017

Pupil Premium Funding for this year is £16,420.

Click here to see Where the Funding is Spent?

Summary of main barriers for some of our pupil premium children ;

 lower starting points;  attendance ; parent engagement; lack of access to wider opportunities;  lack of access to resources including books and ICT. 

Our rationale;

We have allocated PP funding to these areas for the following reasons ;

  • Previously successful strategies such as offering an enriched curriculum to all pupils, weekly Play Therapy , regular training for staff 
  • Research from Sutton Trust recommends 1:1 intervention , offering an enriched curriculum for pupils. 
  • Collaboration with other schools . Visiting and discussing new initiatives such as Accelerated Reader , a new assessment tool .

  How Pupil Premium spending will impact on both PP and non PP children ;

  • The new assessment tracking system will benefit all pupils as specific targets can be set for both PP and non PP children . 
  • Accelerated Reader reading scheme will be introduced to all pupils from year 2 to year 6 in September 2017 . 
  • All year 6 pupils will benefit from additional support and expected raised attainment at the end of year 6 
  • Stimulating and enriching experiences will be planned for both PP and non PP children . 
  • Training for class teachers and teaching assistants will improve attainment and progress for all pupils. 


2015 - 2016

The income received for Pupil Premium in total was £13,799.

Impact of Pupil Premium spending 2015 - 2016.

Summary ;

Our provision for PP children is good and continues to improve as we aim for outstanding provision. We developed the breadth of our PP provision this year and this offered a wider range of experiences and opportunities. 

What worked well last year that we will continue this year;

  • Improving attendance of PP children
  • Intervention for PP children and setting individual targets which were reviewed regularly . 
  • Use of play therapy to overcome social/ emotional barriers to learning 
  • Opening of a nurture unit 
  • Providing before school and after school provision 
  • Enabling all pupils to experience an enriched curriculum 


Feedback from parents whose children attended the nurture unit is positive. All parents have attended the events they have been invited to in the nurture unit. 

All children have participated in school visits and residentials and have been given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. 

Individual targets for PP pupils are reviewed regularly, the impact is assessed and discussed with the class teacher and head teacher.