Pupil Premium is a government funding initiative to provide money to schools to help children from lower income families reach their full potential, both academically and socially. The funds allocated to a school are based on the number of pupils in the school who have applied for Free School Meals (FSM), and is valuable funding to support those in most need. At St Nicholas School the number of pupils in receipt of FSM is small, however, whilst this funding remains available we would urge all parents/carers who may be eligible for FSM (including those receiving Universal Free School Meals) to take up their entitlement. Please visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
If you require assistance with a FSM application please call the customer service centre on 0300 123 4048 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm Saturday), or the school office will be happy to help you.
The school continued to use these funds to help fund individual tuition and small group interventions. Frequent use of achievement/assessment data checked the effectiveness of these interventions, the results of which resulted in the school adjusting its techniques accordingly. All teachers take responsibility for the progress of the Pupil Premium children within their classes.
Pupil Premium funding is clearly identifiable in the school budget. Due to the extremely small number of children who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding, a confidential report is produced to outline the impact of interventions. This report is reviewed by the Governing Body.