Sarum St Paul's CofE (VA) Primary School

Westminster Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 7DG

01722 336459

Pupil Premium

 Pupil Premium Funding at Sarum St Paul’s Primary School

Schools receive additional funding for children who are in receipt of free school meals or who are under the care of the Local Authority. This funding is referred to as ‘pupil premium’ funding. Furthermore we also receive a Pupil Premium for children of parents in the armed services. How this money is allocated is up to the individual school. Its purpose is to provide the children concerned with additional resources / support, as identified on an individual basis, to ensure they have every opportunity to make the national expected progress during their time at the school.

The following funding has been made available to our school since the start of the ‘pupil premium’ funding initiative:


2017/18 financial year - £26,460

2018/19 financial year - £29,260

2019/20 financial year - £34,880

2020/21 financial year - £42,280

At Sarum St.Paul’s we have used this funding to support our children through the following routes:

  • Additional teaching assistant hours to run individual ‘catch-up’ programmes in English and Maths (eg. acceleread/accelewrite, Rainbow Reading etc...) or to aid transition activities to Secondary Schools
  • Additional ELSA teaching assistant hours to run group programmes such as ‘Social Skills’, mindfulness or targeted group support in class
  • Play therapy for specific pupils
  • A Family Link Worker to liaise closely with school and families
  • Staff attending relevant training courses
  • The development of an SEN and nurture room

Our teaching assistants are highly skilled and support pupils through a wide range of ‘catch-up’ programmes. Every year they support children using the following programmes:





Rainbow Reading


Letters and Sounds


Sir Kits Quest







Sir Kits Quest




Wesford1 strategies

 Wesford2 strategies







Nippy Numbers


Speed tables


Number Shark







Speech and Language (SALT)

Occupational theraph

Social skills

Narrative therapy



Handwriting (Write from the start)

Mastering memory

Dyscalcullia programme

Wesford1 strategies

Secondary school transition

Nurture time

Social Communication (SCD)

Sound Discovery


Rise and Shine breakfast club

GUL Equine Therapy


Impact of Pupil Premium Funding

At the end of each academic year we analyse the impact of these ‘catch-up’ programmes on pupils’ attainment and progress.

  • Every class has a highly skilled teaching assistant who works alongside the teacher to support pupils. The teaching assistants lead catch up and intervention programmes with pupils.
  • We have two designated rooms for catch up programmes and nurture activities. This provision ensures support can be offered in a suitable, engaging space with relevant resources.
  • Our family link worker supports liaison between school and home and assists families in securing support from a number of agencies or can 'signpost' to other organisations. Families feel supported by a designated person to talk to who is a regular present and is available for drop ins and home visits. Children have time with a trained adult to help them develop their social skills, have someone to talk to or lead nurture groups.
  • We have four ELSAs who are able to run our nurture room and work with children on an individual or group basis to develop their self esteem, social skills and confidence.
  • Our play therapist supports pupils who may be having emotional difficulties.
  • By sending staff members on relevant training (e.g. therapeutic story writing), children have regular opportunities to access targeted, evidence-based support and intervention programmes which identify and address their needs and enable them to become successful learning.


Ofsted 2014 'The pupils who are supported by additional funding are now making good progress in both English and mathematics. The gap in performance between these pupils and their peers is narrowing rapidly as a result of effective in class support and rigorous monitoring by the leadership team.'

2019 SATs

Year 6 data:

Pupils eligible for PP (school)

Pupils not eligible for PP (school) 

Pupils eligible for PP


Pupils not eligible for PP (national)

% achieving in reading, writing and maths





% achieving reading





% achieving writing





% achieving maths





% achieving GPS





progress in reading





progress in writing





progress in maths





To note: 40% of these pupils also had a special educational need.  

Our Pupil Premium Strategy

When deciding how to spend the Pupil Premium Grant ('PPG') it is important that we look at the potential barriers to learning faced by Pupil Premium pupils in the context of our school. The reasons for underachievement are many and varied and could include; less support at home; social and emotional difficulties due to complex family situations or attendance and punctuality difficulties. Each child entitled to the PPG is unique in their situation and our response to their needs must reflect this.

With this in mind, at Sarum St Paul's School we aim to build the capacity and expertise to enable us to provide a highly personalised programme of support in order to allow each child to reach his/her full potential.

Our key objective in using the PPG is to narrow the attainment and achievement gap between those entitled to Pupil Premium and those not. Historically pupils at Sarum St Paul's School achieve and attain well, often at levels higher than those expected nationally. However, there is still a pattern of Pupil Premium pupils doing better than other Pupil Premium pupils nationally but not as well as those who are not entitled to the PPG. We aim to narrow and even remove this gap.






To diminish the difference between the attainment of PP pupils and non-PP pupils at the end of KS2


Targeted Academic Support

Small group tuition +4 months

1:1 tuition +5 months

Upward trend in pupil premium pupils reaching ARE in reading, writing and maths

Data for PP pupils to be in line with or above national data for pupil premium

Across the school, data for PP pupils to show more reaching ARE with more PP pupils reaching ARE than not

To raise standards of writing across the school in order to improve progress and attainment in writing for PP pupils


Targeted Academic Support

Oral language interventions +5

Improved outcomes in English with an upward trend in number of PP pupils reaching ARE in writing

Quality of writing across the school to have improved through specific training, teaching, strategies and targeted intervention

To improve attendance and punctuality for some PP pupils and bring in line with whole school figures

Wider Strategies

Social and emotional learning +4

No gap between FSM and all pupils’ attendance with all >national

Unauthorised attendance figures for PP pupils to have reduced and is in line with other vulnerable groups and all pupils

To increase self-esteem and confidence of PP pupils meaning increased emotional wellbeing and therefore access to the curriculum

Wider Strategies

Social and emotional learning +4

Parental engagement +3

Families accessed in school support and approaches to learning improved because of addressing emotional needs/potential barriers related to home life

Improved attainment and progress outcomes for PP pupils

More PP families accessing wider opportunities


Our 2020/21 targets are:

  • To identify and plug gaps in pupil learning (following Covid 19) to continue to develop knowledge and skills across the curriculum in order to raise attainment for PP pupils.
  • Review teaching of writing across the school to ensure teachers consistently demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of the teaching of English in order to improve outcomes for PP pupils.
  • To provide support to families to encourage attendance above 95% of all PP pupil

  • Prioritise wellbeing of PP pupils as they return to school during a year of uncertainty following the Covid 19 pandemic


Please contact the school office if you would like a full copy of our 2020-2023 Pupil Premium Strategy. 


Our Pupil Premium link governor is Mrs Ela Peska.

Our Designated Pupil Premium teacher is Mrs Lizzie Weavers.