Pupil Premium & Sports PremiumBack
At Widcombe CofE Junior School, we are committed to providing an education full of opportunities. We ensure all pupils, including the ‘disadvantaged’, are prepared for their future within an inclusive Christian ethos that encourages them to be the best they can be. We aim to inspire and develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full and strong consideration is given to the allocation of resources to support this vision.
Pupil Premium is allocated to pupils who are one of the following:
- Looked After Children;
- Pupils who are currently eligible for Free School Meals (FSM);
- Pupils who are within a service family;
- Those pupils who have received Free School Meals in the last six years (Ever 6 children).
The school will use the grant to support these groups, which comprise pupils with a range of different abilities, to diminish any difference between them and their peers. We also recognise that not all pupils eligible for pupil premium funding will have lower attainment than their peers. In such cases, the grant will be used to help improve pupils’ progress and attainment so that they can reach their full potential.
The progress of disadvantaged pupils and allocation of the pupil premium funding is a specific focus on the School Development Plan. Further information on how our Pupil Premium Grant is spent can be found on our Pupil Premium Strategy document, or by contacting our Pupil Premium Manager – Jess Steel.
In our school, children who receive Pupil Premium funding are currently eligible for half-price clubs and residential camps. They will also have enrichment opportunities such as Forest School, as well as small group learning sessions in Reading, Writing and Maths.
If you believe your child may qualify for Free School Meals, the B&NES Free School Meals Eligibility Checking service has a Free School Meals web page with a link to an online benefit related free school meal application form. Alternatively, the B&NES Free School Meal Team can be contacted on 01225 394317 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Pupil Premium Manager or our office staff can also help with any queries regarding free school meal eligibility.
All young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation.
Physical activity has numerous benefits for children's physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.
The government’s commitment is to ensure children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity per day, with a recommendation of 30 minutes of this delivered during the school day. The PE and sport premium helps primary schools achieve this aim; making additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offered.