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Pupil Premium and Catch Up Premium

Pilgrims’ Cross vision and values encompass success and a sense of achievement for all pupils regardless of their background or the challenges they may encounter. 


Therefore, we believe that Pilgrims’ Cross children are entitled to, and deserve, a broad and balanced curriculum that inspires and provides enrichment to their educational experience. Through the consistent delivery and celebration of our core values and adventurous curriculum, we want all our children to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge that will enable them to prosper in the present and flourish in the future. We want all our children and staff to have high aspirations, knowing there is no limit to what is possible and what can be achieved.  


The focus of our 2023-24 Pupil Premium Strategy is to support disadvantaged children to achieve success, enabling progress that will narrow the disadvantage attainment gap, including those who are high achievers.


The activities and actions we outline in this statement are intended to support the needs of all pupils, regardless of whether they are disadvantaged or not, developing the quality and consistency of high quality inclusive teaching and learning to enable pupils to make encouraging progress over the course of an academic year.


In providing high-quality inclusive teaching and learning consistently across the school, we believe that this will enable all children to be ready for the next stage of their education. We know the areas of need within our community and our curriculum is designed and attuned to those needs. It is our intention that the intended outcomes below will enable the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils’ to be reduced.


Our approach will be responsive to challenges and individual pupil needs, rooted in robust diagnostic assessment both in class, through AFL and quality feedback, and in the diagnostic use of standardised testing and intervention. The approaches we have adopted complement each other to help pupils excel. To ensure they are effective we will:



  • Provide high quality CPD for teaching staff to support and build their understanding of how to adapt learning to suit pupils’ needs.
  • Ensure the balance between challenge and support within teaching and learning is right so disadvantaged pupils gain a true sense of achievement and understanding.

  • Act early to intervene when the point of need is identified through skilled class support and extra interventions and provisions as required.

  • Ensure disadvantaged attendance is in line with that of their non-disadvantaged peers.


What is The Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is money from the government, designed to help students who are currently registered for Free School Meals, or who have been registered for Free School Meals within the last 6 years, to do well at school. Please be aware this is different to infant school children who also get a "free" universal school dinner. Pupil Premium funding is in the order of over £1000 per child registered being added to the school budget.  The children of Armed Forces families, and young people who are In Care are also eligible for Pupil Premium funding.


At the present time for those who are entitled to this funding we support the child by:

50% reduction in the cost of school trips and residential

50% reduction in the cost of after-school clubs and some 100% cost covered.

We can also support children entitled to this funding by making a contribution to uniform costs, out of school activities, extra learning resources for the children and also extra support in school to guide the children with their learning.


You can see if your children is entitled for Free School Meals (Pupil Premium funding) by visiting this website:


or complete the letter below and return it to the school office and we can make the application on your behalf. We urge every family that is in receipt of the any of the following to make an application:


  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on -paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Please note:  Parents who are made redundant or start working less than 16 hours per week, may find their children are entitled to free school meals for a limited period.


 Please speak to the school office for further details.


Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding:

Application for Free School Meals Letter