Downe Manor Primary School

Downe Manor, where everybody has the opportunity to be inspired to reach their full potential through memorable learning experiences

Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?


Research has shown that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are far less likely to get good GCSE results (Attainment Statistics In 2013 37.9% of pupils who qualified for free school meals got 5 GCSEs, including English and mathematics at A* to C, compared with 64.6% of pupils who do not qualify).

Since April 2011 the British Government began an initiative called Pupil Premium which provides schools with additional funding to close the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils.
We believe it is unacceptable
for children’s success to be
determined by their social
circumstances. We intend to
raise levels of achievement for
all disadvantaged pupils and to
close the gap between
disadvantaged children and
their peers.
Every primary pupil who is currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) or has been eligible for FSM in the past 6 years (FSM ‘Ever 6’),  looked after children and service children that is registered at a school provide that school with additional Pupil Premium funding.

Our approach at Downe Manor Primary School

Our vision is that everybody has the opportunity to be inspired to reach their full potential. We are committed to improving the outcomes of all pupils.

All pupils eligible for FSM, ’Ever 6’ and looked after pupils as well as identified vulnerable groups are targetted to benefit from the Pupil Premium funding in order to ‘close the gap’ in attainment between their peers.

As a school with high proportions of FSM, Pupil premium funding represents a significant proportion of the school’s budget and has allowed school leaders to plan and deliver initiatives that has raised attainment for ‘Pupil Premium pupils’ by the time they leave the school at the end of KS2 compared with these pupils nationally.

Through research and tools such as the Education Endowment Toolkit, we make informed decisions about how best to use this funding.

We are committed to ensuring:

  • Quality first class teaching that is at least consistently good
  • Narrowing of  the gap in the attainment of pupil groups
  • Overcoming the barriers to learning of underachieving pupils
  • The impact of initiatives and interventions are monitored and reviewed

Please click on the link to read last year’s Pupil Premium statement for 2018-19 and the impact of the funding and our current Pupil Premium statement for 2019-20 and planned initiatives.