Pupil Premium / Free School Meals
At St James Hatcham we understand that, ‘children entitled to Pupil Premium encompass the full spectrum of needs and backgrounds in the school community, including white and minority ethnic pupils, looked after children, gifted and talented (G&T) children and those with special educational needs (SEN).’
The Pupil Premium is additional funding for schools in England given by the government to raise the attainment of certain pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. We have used this funding well in the past few years to ensure that year-on-year our Pupil Premium pupils attained at least at national expectations to give them the best start in life. Our analysis shows that Pupil Premium pupils not only achieve highly at St James Hatcham, but are also happy and well supported and represented in enrichment activities and all Pupil Premium funded pupils are offered first access to clubs and opportunities. We will use relevant, up-to-date information and discussions with pupils to ensure that gaps or weaknesses are identified and support placed strategically, as well as strengths built upon. During remote learning due to Covid-19, the school created opportunities to ensure that all Pupil Premium pupils without direct and suitable access to a laptop were provided with one. On return to school, Pupil Premium pupils were targeted for any additional educational and well-being sessions where needed. Our Pupil Premium pupils have represented the school in competitions, Arts Mark awards, football and cricket leagues and dance & music showcases, as well as taking part in year long projects with prestigious schools. We are incredibly proud to have successfully supported Pupil Premium pupils to gain full bursary scholarships for secondary education at top independent schools.
As Pupil Premium Champion, I spearhead the focus on ensuring that our pupils who receive the additional funding are at the forefront of staff focus. I am intensely passionate about these pupils achieving all that they are capable of, and have supported training for other schools on some of our methods used. The fact that Pupil Premium pupils and families are looked after and achieve so well at St James Hatcham gives me the greatest of satisfaction.