Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium at St Thomas More Catholic Academy

This is additional funding of up to £955 to support your child’s education. The aim of the additional funding is to provide all pupils with fair and equal opportunities to achieve and excel in all areas of the curriculum.

School Success with Pupil Premium

The school was inspected in May 2017 by OFSTED, achieving ‘Good’ in all aspects. Ofsted recognised the successful provision that the school makes for disadvantaged students.

‘The school also makes effective use of the pupil premium funding to support disadvantaged pupils. Leaders do a detailed analysis of the issues that prevent pupils from fulfilling their potential and draw up plans to ensure that the funding is spent to address these issues successfully. The school monitors closely the impact of these plans and records show that disadvantaged pupils benefit from them, both in terms of progress and personal development.

The progress of disadvantaged pupils, like that of other pupils, is improving. The trends for current pupils in key stages 3 and 4 show that the support the school provides for disadvantaged pupils allows them to make progress that is increasingly in line with other pupils. The overall progress of disadvantaged pupils in 2016 was good.’ – OFSTED May 2017


The school was inspected in a Pupil Premium Review in November 2019, which recognised the improvement in provision and outcomes for disadvantaged students.

“The academy is on journey of improving outcomes for all students at all levels with an emphasis on disadvantaged students through changes to procedures and raising the profile of Pupil Premium students to ensure that there is ownership and accountability at all levels… The Principal, the leadership team and staff were honest and outward-looking regarding the academic progress of disadvantaged students in comparison to other students within the academy and that the profile of Pupil Premium students has been raised significantly over the last 18 months in all aspects of monitoring and support to ensure positive outcomes.

From all discussions, there is a strong drive and commitment to improve the outcomes for PP students and all staff show a clear passion and determination to get the very best outcomes for students.” – Statement from the PP Review, November 2019


This year there were significant increases in the attainment and progress of our disadvantaged students. This is due to the focus on quality first teaching, curriculum sequencing and the wide range of strategies and interventions that have taken place to support disadvantaged students.

Attainment and progress for disadvantaged students has significantly improved in Summer 2021. This follows a 3 year trend of improvement in outcomes for disadvantaged students at St Thomas More Catholic Academy.

English and Maths progress have both significantly increased for disadvantaged students to a positive score in Summer 2021.

EBACC Progress has significantly increased for disadvantaged students in 2021, and will remain a focus for 2021/22 to achieve a positive progress score. EBACC average point score is in line with 2018/19.

Open Progress has also significantly increased for disadvantaged students.

58% of Pupil Premium students achieved standard passes in English and Mathematics. This is a huge increase on 2018/19 results.

23% of Pupil Premium students achieved strong passes in English and Mathematics.


Who is eligible for the Pupil Premium?

Pupils are eligible for the Pupil Premium if certain criteria are met. These are:

  • Ever 6 Free School Meals Children- children who have been eligible for free school meals in of any the last six years
  • Looked after Children in the care of the local authority
  • Children who are no longer looked after by the local authority due to adoption, guardianship or residence order
  • Children of families where one or more parents is, or has been, in the Armed Forces.

The funds are used to support the pupils in a variety of ways including academic and non-academic areas. A detailed financial plan is produced each year outlining the different ways in which funds are allocated to support education. These are explained in full on the Pupil Premium Strategy 2020/23 which is available on our website.

How do we use Pupil Premium Funds at our school?

  • Additional support in making academic progress- a bespoke curriculum, a wide range of evidence-based intervention programmes, an enriching programme for our most able students, smaller class sizes, staffing, educational equipment and resources.
  • Assistance with Uniform and stationery, where required.
  • Provision of dedicated academic and pastoral staff to promote the academic progress of disadvantaged students.
  • Assistance with the finance for educational visits.
  • Provision of bespoke enrichment opportunities and residential experiences for disadvantaged students.


What to do next?

If your child does qualify for the Pupil Premium, you will have received a letter in September 2021 regarding this. A link to the letter is also available on the school website, please see the Pupil Premium Information Letter.

  • Please liaise with your child’s Student Support Officer or Head of Year regarding particular support that you may require and how the school assist your child to fulfil their potential.
  • If you think that you may be entitled to receive the Pupil Premium for your child please contact the school office. We will provide you with a form to complete as well as guidance on the completion of the form. Further information is provided with the link to the eligibility for additional funding letter.
  • If your child is in receipt of the Pupil Premium then you will have received a letter in September 2021 outlining further details of how the funding is used. Additionally, a link to the financial plan for the year ahead is available on the website alongside an evaluation of the financial plan from 2020/21.
Year group Head of Year    Student Support Officer
7 Miss Warren Mrs Britton
8 Mr Harvey Mrs Martin
9 Mr Dale Mrs Hoskins
10 Ms Powell Miss Booth
11 Mrs Rigby Mr Banks

Eligibility for Additional Funding- Pupil Premium Letters

The document below details the Pupil Premium Plan for St Thomas More Catholic Academy for this academic year:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium


Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium

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