School vision for Pupil Premium:
Our Vision Statement at St Mark’s is, “Igniting the fire for learning”. All staff and governors are fully committed to meeting the needs of each and every child irrespective of their background. We have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children. At St Mark’s we fully accept responsibility for meeting the needs of socially disadvantaged children within our caring Christian community. All of our children are valued and respected and we constantly seek to ‘help children achieve their best on their learning journey’.
The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential.
The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), children looked after and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period. At St Mark’s we will be using the indicator of those eligible for Pupil Premium as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to ‘close the gap’ regarding attainment.
At St Mark’s we want all children to reach their potential regardless of their background. Our aim is to year on year ‘narrow the gap’ between the attainment of children in receipt of Pupil Premium and their peers. The government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’.
Please click on the links below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.