The Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). The Pupil Premium is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers.

The Pupil Premium also provides funding for children and young people who have been looked after for 1 day or more, been adopted from care, or left care under a special guardianship order or a residence order.

The Pupil Premium also provides funds for the children of service personnel, known as a Service Premium.

The Trust regards raising the achievement of disadvantaged pupils as being at the very core of its moral purpose. Every person employed by Mater Ecclesiae has a part to play in helping disadvantaged children to achieve educational excellence, and each of us acknowledges that we are accountable for the impact of our efforts to improve outcomes and diminish gaps in achievement, including the use of the Pupil Premium.

The Trust believes that school leaders are best placed to make decisions about how pupil premium money is spent in their respective schools. However, schools will be held to account by the Trust’s Board and their Local Governing Body for the impact of their spending. School leaders need to be able to describe the barriers to learning which they have identified and explain why particular strategies have been chosen to address them. They will be required to report on the impact of their chosen strategies and the lessons learnt.

By following the links below, you will find details of how each of our schools use Pupil Premium Funding on an annual basis, you will also find how each of the school plans to use the funding for the current financial year. Mater Ecclesiae’s goal is to ensure that all children – including the most disadvantaged – get the educational opportunities they deserve and make the most of them. Moreover, in line with our Vision, the Trust is firmly committed to raising the achievement of disadvantaged children in each of its schools and refuses to accept that any child is ever destined to underachieve by virtue of their social circumstances.


St. Augustine’s Catholic Primary School
St. Bernard's Catholic Primary School
The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School
St. Clare’s Catholic Primary School
St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School
Our Lady and St Edward’s Catholic Primary School
St. Teresa’s Catholic Primary School