Pupil Premium

Closing the gap in attainment

Schools nationally have identified a widening gap in the attainment of students from economically disadvantaged families and their peers. Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by government to support these students and close the gap in attainment.

About Pupil Premium

The criteria

A student will appear on our Pupil Premium register if they meet any of the criteria because it is possible that children in any of these categories might have experienced a barrier to their learning.

  • Currently in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM);
  • Having received Free School Meals some time in the past 6 years, even if not receiving FSM right now (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure);
  • Students from service families;
  • Children who are 'looked after' (CLA);
  • Children who have been adopted from care;

Schools are free to use the Pupil Premium as they see fit but must be accountable for how the Pupil Premium has been used.

We closely monitor the progress of all our Pupil Premium students in line with their peers and provide interventions to those students who require them to support their learning and help them achieve their maximum potential.

Total Students on Roll and Percentage Receiving Free School Meals

Our Pupil Premium Strategy

The fundamental principle behind of strategy for our Pupil Premium provision is the same as it is for each and every child in our school – to ensure that they are known and loved and to allow them to fulfil their God given potential. We work with every child to help to identify any barriers or difficulties that they might be experiencing and look to identify interventions and support on a personal level.

How we measure it

We measure the effect of our Pupil Premium provision through a number of different ways, including attendance, academic success and most importantly the happiness and personal success of each child.

Our Pupil Premium strategy is reviewed on an annual basis formally by governors and during each academic year as part of our ongoing monitoring and review processes.

The Funding

Pupil Premium Funding by Academic Year

  • £100,000
  • £80,000
  • £60,000
  • £40,000
  • £20,000
  • £0
  • 2021 - 2022
  • 2022 - 2023
  • 2023 - 2024
  • £74,720
  • £74,372
  • £88,855

How we spend it

Support for Pupil Premium students is provided in a number of ways, including the provision of extra curriculum resources and targeted support by teachers, Heads of Year, Learning Support Assistants and others.

Progress is monitored regularly through interim reports and profiles. Any concerns, including potential underachievement, are followed up by the appropriate Head of Key Stage. Our College Leadership Team (CLT) closely monitor these interventions and are personally involved with individual mentoring of students. Targeted interventions and support for each relevant student are carefully monitored and evaluated.

In addition to the Pupil Premium funding provided by government, financial support arising from hardship is provided from Governors' funds and our E-Learning Foundation to provide computers for use at school and at home, educational visits, home to school transport, uniform, musical instruments and other learning resources.

PP and Recovery Planned Funding usage in 2022-2023:

Further financial details are located in the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement.

Our Interventions


  • Literacy and numeracy support
  • Smaller class sets in English, mathematics and science
  • Personalised curriculum
  • Personalised learning support (PLS) lessons
  • Any individual support as needed by a child
  • Music tuition support (West Sussex Music Scheme)
  • Trips support
  • Uniform support
  • Parents' Evening booking support
  • Support with Free School Meals applications
  • University of Sussex widening and participation partnership (select year groups)
  • Careers appointment priority
  • Attendance watchlist
  • Support with iPad Scheme
  • Pre-loved uniform shop


  • Mathematics mentoring
  • Cross-year peer mentoring
  • 1-to-1 mentoring with Heads of Year and leadership team
  • 'Early Intervention' (Year 10) mentoring
  • Social and emotional mentoring
  • Referrals for pastoral mentoring/counseling support


  • Individual or small group tutition in English, mathematics, science
  • Anger management
  • Social communication
  • Organisation skills
  • Exam preparation
  • After school ILTs and study support club

Pupil Premium Outcomes

Progress 8

Attainment 8

National Progress 8 measures were not recorded in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID.

Free School Meals Eligibility

Does my child qualify for free lunch?

If you believe they may be then please go to the West Sussex County website and complete their free checking service.

Once agreed by West Sussex Council children will get free school meals if they meet the criteria and are in school both before and after lunchtime.

Please note that checks are completed using the Department for Education Eligibility Checking System (ECS). Once a parent/guardian has been determined to be entitled the individual child will remain as entitled under Government Universal Credit transitional protections until the end of their phase of education (i.e. Primary or Secondary) during, and after, the transitional period of 1st April 2018 to 31st of March 2023. Therefore it is not necessary to reapply. Free School Meals eligibility applies to the individual child and not the family or extended family. This means that younger children will not become entitled to Free School Meals simply because their older sibling is in receipt of transitional protections.

If your child is currently in receipt of Free School Meals out of West Sussex then you must re-apply when they join St Paul's Catholic College.

Mrs Brownings, Pupil Premium Lead

Want to know more?

Feel free to get in touch with Mrs Brownings, our Pupil Premium Lead by emailing [email protected] or see other ways to contact us.