Pupil Premium funding statement 2018 – 2019



The Government believes that Pupil Premium, (funding in addition to main school funding) is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers. The funding helps to tackle those inequalities of the pupils who need it most. Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to St Robert of Newminster Catholic School to work with pupils who have either been registered for free school meals at any point within the last six years, children who have been on a Local Authority’s looked after children register (and have been registered continuously for more than six months), and children of service personnel. In 2018-19 St Robert of Newminster School had 181 pupils identified as eligible for Pupil Premium funding.



Pupil Premium funding at St Robert of Newminster is focused upon helping students to make progress academically and socially. At St. Robert’s we will be using the indicator of those eligible for free school meals as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to ‘close the gap’ regarding attainment and progress. The Government is not instructing schools how they spend this money; schools ‘are free to spend the pupil premium as they see fit’ – DFE 2011. St Robert of Newminster also recognises that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals, meaning Pupil Premium funding may be allocated to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. The Government is, however, clear that schools will need to employ strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment and ‘close the gap’. Funding is used to improve curriculum opportunities for Pupil Premium Students. This includes more targeted teaching and bespoke intervention and delivering high quality teaching and learning. Funds are used to ensure that needs of pupil premium students are of strategic importance at SLT level. Funding is used to encourage pupil participation and give opportunities to achieve outside of the classroom environment as well as in the taught curriculum. Pupil premium funds have allowed the school to subsidise a range of opportunities for outward bound, residential and overseas visits. The aim of these visits has been to provide enriching experiences for students and broadening their aspirations for the future. Some examples of provision include: Summer school programme, Comprehensive reading programme for all of Y7 pupils, small group literacy and numeracy support at KS3, intervention groups at KS4 in English and Maths, revision and booster sessions at KS4, One to One tuition for vulnerable students in English and Maths at KS4 to ‘close the gap’ in attainment and additional learning support facilitated by specialist teachers and learning mentors for vulnerable pupils.


Barriers to Learning: 

St Robert of Newminster aims to help all students maximise their potential and as such overcome barriers to learning. We provide academic and social opportunities to help students become active, engaged citizens who can make a direct contribution to their community. Barriers to learning may include attendance, access to technology, aspirations, engagement with homework and literacy skills.


Use of Pupil Premium in 2018-19:

The Pupil Premium funding for St Robert of Newminster School in the academic year 2018-19 is £194, 785.


Achievements and Performance 2017 – 2018:

To review the impact of our pupil premium funding the school will bench mark the progress of students throughout the key stages. During each assessment cycle progress of Pupil Premium students is reviewed and discussed at SLT level. Intervention plans are put in place for those students who are not making the expected level of progress. The main mechanism for benchmarking the progress of Pupil Premium students is to compare results achieved in GCSE examinations with all pupils within St Robert of Newminster School. This is shown in the table below.

 GCSE All School Pupils 2018Disadvantaged 2018
Progress 80.15-0.15
Average Attainment 8 Score53.343.1
Average EBacc Score4.83.36
EBacc cohort entry162/20819/35
Grade 4+ in Maths81.30%65.70%
Grade 4+ in an English84.10%71.40%
Grade 4+ in Maths and English75.50%54.30%
Grade 5+ in Maths60.60%28.60%
Grade 5+ in an English70.70%51.40%
Grade 5+ in Maths and English51.4%14.30%


Further Pupil premium Information