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St Stephen's Catholic Primary School and Nursery, a Voluntary Academy

Learning, living and loving one another in God's name

Gargrave Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire
BD23 1PJ

01756 709451

Pupil Premium 2017/18


St Stephen’s Catholic Primary School & Nursery (St. Stephen’s) is a Primary Academy, part of the wider Bishop Wheeler Academy Trust. There are strong links with the church and parish which enrich pupils' religious, spiritual, moral and social education. These links contribute a valuable dimension to its Christian ethos. The school community actively strives and encourages all its members to live the Gospel values which are central to the mission of the school. It is evident in the relationships between members of the school community and is extended to include any visitors who are always warmly welcomed. Inclusion is at the heart of St Stephen’s and is underpinned by the gospel values of respect, compassion and a Christian duty to meet the needs of others. Inclusion at St. Stephen’s is not merely an ‘add on’: it is part of the fabric of the school and is demonstrated daily in the words and actions of adults and children.

St. Stephen’s is essentially a one form entry primary school but with mixed age classes in Key Stage 2; currently there are seven classes including the Nursery. The standard admission number is 28. The NOR is 164 plus 18 in nursery. The children come from a mix of socio-economic backgrounds.

The percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is 16%. The percentage of children with special educational needs is low when compared with national figures (8.4%).

32% of pupils have English as an additional language. Attendance is below national (95.6% in 2016-2017) but has improved in recent years.

The quality of teaching and learning at St. Stephen’s is good, with the teaching of pupil premium pupils being no exception. We have high aspirations for all our children and we believe no child should be left behind. We are determined to ensure all our children are given every opportunity to realise their maximum potential, ensuring the highest expectations for all. At St. Stephen’s Pupil Premium funding represents a proportion of our school budget and we are committed to ensuring it is spent to maximum effect.

Strategy for spending Pupil Premium

Our key objective in using the pupil premium grant is to narrow the gap between pupil groups. We aim for consistently high levels of FSM attainment, aiming for above national rates of attainment. Through targeted interventions we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. 

If any further support is needed, please feel free to contact Mr T Pye (Pupil Premium Co-ordinator).

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Potential barriers to learning:

Ofsted recommendations from the previous inspection in 2014: Improve the quality of teaching so that it is at least consistently good and enables all pupils in all subjects, especially those in Key Stage 1, to be challenged in their learning and reach their full potential.

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received 2016/17

Total number of pupils on roll


Total number of pupils eligible for PPG


Total number of adopted pupil premium


Total amount of PPG received



Number of Primary pupils eligible for the Deprivation Pupil Premium (1)


Total Deprivation Pupil Premium Allocation


Number of pupils eligible for the Service child Pupil Premium (2)


Service child Pupil Premium Allocation


Number of pupils eligible for the Post-LAC Pupil Premium (3)


Post-LAC Pupil Premium Allocation


Total Provisional Pupil Premium allocation


*Based on average across two financial years 16/17 and 17/18

Implications for Pupil premium spending in 2017-18

We have identified some key principles (outline below) which we believe will maximise the impact of our disadvantaged pupil spending again this academic year.


Expected number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) for 2017/18

Total number of pupils on roll


Total number of pupils eligible for PPG


Total number of adopted pupil premium


Total amount of PPG


Key Principles:

Building belief – We will provide a culture where:

  • Staff believe in ALL children
  • There are no excuses for underperformance
  • Staff adopt a solution focussed approach to overcoming barriers
  • Staff support children to develop positive mindsets towards learning, enhanced by our teaching of Philosophy4children.

Identification of Pupils – We will ensure that:

  • All teaching staff and support staff are involved in the analysis of data and identification of pupils.
  • All staff are aware of who disadvantaged children are.
  • All disadvantaged children benefit from the funding, not just those who are underperforming.
  • We will use our tracking system for analysis of disadvantaged and non- disadvantaged performance from Reception to Year 6 including analysis of children working below, at and exceeding expected levels in line with new assessment procedures.

Improving day to day teaching – We will continue to ensure that:

  • All children across school receive at least good teaching, by using coaching to share the best features of teaching from within school and between schools.
  • Ensure consistent implementation of non-negotiables e.g. all following whole school practices such as guided reading, times tables etc.

We will aim to close any gaps by deploying staff where the area of need is greatest to provide support for those children with the highest need.

Areas for development to begin Autumn 1 2017 for pupil premium learners:

  • Allocate additional teaching assistant support to most vulnerable group of PP learners in school each half term and evaluate impact.
  • Allocate additional teaching assistant support to those PP learners who need nurture group support to improve social skills, confidence, self-esteem to improve readiness for learning each half term and evaluate impact.  
  • Additional resources to develop a nurture area.
  • Additional resources to boost PP performance in reading, writing and maths and begin to close the gap at the earliest stages.
  • Look to the more able to provide specific targets to challenge and ensure they are getting entitlement.
  • Purchase of Test Base assessment software and teaching resources.
  • Payment for taxi and breakfast club for specific family to improve attendance.
  • Contribution to Catholic Care to support pupils and their families.
  • Contribution to trips.
  • Contribution to SELFA - Skipton Extended Learning for All who provide specialist afterschool clubs, workshops and trips for primary aged children in Skipton.

End of Year progress of Pupil Premium children 2016 – 2017

24 children across the school were eligible for the Pupil Premium allocation during 2016 – 2017, although only 21 remained when the year end assessments were completed. 1 child (100%) was in Year R and achieved a Good Level of Development.  For children in Years 1 - 6 outcomes were as follows:


8 (40%) achieved at National Minimum expectations.

5 (25%) achieved above National expectations.

7 (35%) achieved less than the National expectation, 4 (57%) of which have SEN. 


5 (25%) achieved at National Minimum expectations.

4 (20%) achieved above National expectations.

11 (55%) achieved less than the National expectation, 4 (36%) of which have SEN.



7 (35%) achieved at National Minimum expectations.

4 (20%) achieved above National expectations.

9 (45%) achieved less than the National expectation 4 (50%) of which have SEN.